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Nigel Caplan

Cohort: 2011


  • Charles A. MacArthur


Literacy Development and Learning Problems

Research Interest(s)

Genre-based writing pedagogy, collaborative writing, graduate student writing support, second-language writing, systemic functional linguistics

Nigel Caplan

Nigel Caplan is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. He holds an M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University, England. His research interests are in the field of second-language writing, specifically genre-based writing pedagogy, collaborative writing, systemic functional linguistics, and graduate writing support.


The Contribution of Joint Construction to Intermediate ESL Students’ Independent Writing.

This study investigates the collaborative writing stage of the genre-based pedagogy known as the Teaching/Learning Cycle.


  • M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in Modern and Medieval Language, Cambridge University, England
  • Leadership Development Certificate in TESOL

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, English Language Institute, University of Delaware (2010–present)
  • ESL Specialist in the Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (2008–2010)
  • Academic Specialist, English Language Center, Michigan State University (2003–2008)
  • Lecturer, English Language Programs, University of Pennsylvania(2001–2003)
  • Adjunct ESL Faculty, First-Year Composition, Philadelphia University (2002)
  • EFL Teacher, Wust Summer School, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany (1996–2001)

Selected Publications

  • Caplan, N. A. & Douglas, S. R. (2015). “Q: Skills for Success, Reading/Writing 5 (2nd edition).” New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bixby, J. & Caplan, N.A. “Inside Writing 2.” (2014). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Caplan, N.A. & Cox, M. (in press). “The State of Graduate Communication Support: Results of an International Survey.” In S. Simpson, N.A. Caplan, M. Cox, & T. Phillips (Eds.), Supporting Graduate Writers: Research, Curriculum, and Program Design. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press.
  • Caplan, N.A. (in press). “Genres and conflicts in MBA writing assignments.” In T. Smith et al. (Eds.), Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting. Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse.
  • Caplan, N.A. (2015). “Book review of Christine Ortmeier-Hooper, The ELL Writer.” Advance online publication. Journal of Second Language Writing.
  • Caplan, N. A. (2013, October). “From Generic Writing to Writing Genres.” SLW News.

Selected Presentations

  • Caplan, N.A. (2015, November). “Mastering Real Writing with the Teaching/Learning Cycle.” Featured workshop at the JALT Conference, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Caplan, N.A. & Farling, M. (2015, March). “Genres that Work.” Paper at the TESOL Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Caplan, N.A. & Cranker, K.J. (2015, March). “Good Stuff and Bad Stuff: The Essay Language Project.” Paper at the TESOL Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Stevens, S.G. & Caplan, N.A. (2015, March). “Using Needs Analysis Data.” Colloquium convened at the TESOL Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Caplan, N. A. & Cox, M. (2015, March) “The State of L2 Graduate Support.” Plenary at the Colloquium of the Consortium on Graduate Communication, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Caplan, N. A. & Cox, M. (2014, Nov.) “The State of L2 Graduate Writing Support.” Paper at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, Tempe, AZ.