About the Authors

Maryanne Kearny Datesman is the author of several ESL reading texts. She has taught ESL and administered programs at Western Kentucky University and American University, and she has taught also at Georgetown University. In Kentucky, she established and administered a private language school and directed programs for refugees. She was co-founder of Kentucky TESOL and is a former president of WATESOL.

JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall is a professor of education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. At UMBC she has co-directed the master’s program in ESOL/Bilingual Education and directed the interdisciplinary Ph. D. program in Language, Literacy and Culture. She is a former president of TESOL and AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) and a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Edward N. Kearny is professor emeritus of government at Western Kentucky University. He earned his Ph. D. in government from American University in 1968. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in psychology, and he has written a number of books and articles on American politics.


Our great appreciation goes to Elizabeth Coppolino for helping us with the permissions, and to Lisa Kearny for contributing creative ideas for exercises and activities that would be fun to do. We also want to thank all the editors at Pearson for their considerable efforts and contributions: Laura Le Drcan, Dana Klinek,

Jane Townsend, and particularly the faithful Lucille Kennedy. We would also like to thank Averil Coxhead at the School of Language Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, for allowing us the use of the Academic Word List. We wish to acknowledge the comments and encouragement we have received from many colleagues who have used this book in a wide range of settings all over the world. We would also like to thank the students we have worked with over the years for sharing their insights and perceptions of the United States with us and, in the process, helping us to better understand our own American culture.


Updated: 18th July 2015 — 3:16 pm