First Year Writing, Plagiarism, Retention, Linguistics


Cate Almon has taught in the First Year Writing Program since 2014 and is currently the Associate Director of the program. Previously, she spent a few years teaching academic English preparation and running a test center in Johannesburg, South Africa. She earned her Doctorate in Education from the TESOL Department at Temple University. Her research interests include student retention, the construct of plagiarism, and language assessment, particularly with regard to English Language Learners.

Selected Publications

  • Rhee, Eunsook and Cate Almon. “Textual Borrowing: Let Students Play the Game, Not Commit Crimes.” Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, Arizona State University, AZ, October 20, 2016.
  • Almon, Cate. “College Persistence in Light of a Mature ELL Student’s Voice.” Community College Journal of Research and Practice 39.5: 461–472. 2015.
  • Almon, Cate. “Retention of English Learner Students at a Community College.” Linguistic Minority Immigrants go to College: Preparation, Access, and Persistence. Eds. Linda Harklau and Yasuko Kanno. New York: Routledge Press. 2012.
  • Almon, Cate. The Role of Linguistic Factors in ELLs’ College Engagement. Paper presented at the Proceedings of Interactions and Interfaces Linguistics Conference, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. 2011.

Courses Taught

  • English 0701: Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0711: Introduction to Academic Discourse (ESL)
  • English 0812: Analytical Reading and Writing (ESL)
  • English 2821: Introduction to Linguistics (Fall 2017)