TIRF is developing a series of reports that address key, unanswered questions regarding policies and practices in English language education worldwide. At the same time, we are working with Routledge (Taylor & Francis) to produce volumes in a series entitled, “Global Research On Teaching and Learning English.” These volumes are based primarily on our grantees’ work and tied to the Foundation’s research priorities. Below you will find further information about our publications, some of which are free to download.

tirf_routledge_dl_coverimage_11oct20162017 (Expected in March) – Digital Language Learning and Teaching

In March 2017, we expect to release the fourth volume in the series entitled, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English,” which will be co-published with Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

This volume features a carefully balanced set of studies and practitioner research projects carried out in various learning contexts around the world. Digital Language Learning and Teaching highlights cutting-edge research in the use of digital learning technologies in language classrooms and in online learning. Providing an overview of recent developments in the application of educational technology to language learning and teaching, it looks at the experience of researchers and practitioners in both formal and informal (self-study) learning contexts, bringing readers up-to-date with this rapidly changing field and the latest developments in research, theory, and practice at both classroom and education system levels. The volume is co-edited by Michael Carrier (TIRF Trustee), Ryan M. Damerow (TIRF Chief Operating Officer), and Kathleen M. Bailey (TIRF President).

For more information about the book, including how to order, please click here. Please note that all royalties earned from the sale of the book will be donated to TIRF to help fund our programs.

tirf_routledge_langtechered_cover22016 (March) – Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL

In March 2016, we released the third volume in the series entitled, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English,” which is co-published with Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

This volume is co-edited by TIRF Trustees JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall and MaryAnn Christison. It presents new empirical research situated in different contexts around the world, including Canada, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Korea, Qatar, Sudan, and the U.S. It is framed by the volume editors’ insightful overview and analyses of previous and ongoing work in a variety of related domains and an epilogue by David Nunan. The chapter studies are organized around three themes: teacher identity in ESL/EFL teacher education and professional development programs, second language teacher education programs for diverse contexts, and professional development for diverse contexts.

For more information about the book, including how to order, please click here. Please note that all royalties earned from the sale of the book will be donated to TIRF to help fund our programs.

2015 (March) – Teaching and Learning English Grammar: Research Findings and Future Directions

In March 2015, we published our second full-length book in cooperation with Routledge/Taylor & Francis. This book is the second in the series entitled, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English.”

The volume is co-edited by MaryAnn Christison (TIRF Trustee & Chair of TIRF’s Research Advisory Comittee), Donna Christian (TIRF Trustee & Treasurer-Secretary), Patricia Duff (Former TIRF Trustee), and Nina Spada (TIRF Grantee). This grammar-focused publication is dedicated to Dr. Betty Azar for her support during TIRF’s early years, as she was a major supporter of our grant programs. The volume features a collection of work that resulted from TIRF grants, which were awarded to individuals whose research focused on grammar in language education.

For more information about the book, including how to order, please click here. Please note that all royalties earned from the sale of the book will be donated to TIRF to help fund our programs.

2014 (March) – Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World

In March 2014, TIRF released its first ever book-length publication. Teaching and Learning English in the Arabic-Speaking World is co-published by TIRF and Routledge/Taylor & Francis. This book is the first in the series entitled, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English.”

Co-edited by Kathi Bailey (TIRF President & Chairman of the Board of Trustees) and Ryan Damerow (TIRF’s Executive Assistant), this volume includes contributions from TIRF’s Sheikh Nahayan Fellows and several individuals who were instrumental in developing the relationship between the Foundation and Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan. The book is dedicated to Sheikh Nahayan, as he was the person responsible for funding the Sheikh Nahayan Fellowships. We remain ever grateful for his support.

For more information about the book, including how to order, please click here. Please note that all royalties earned from the sale of the book will be donated to TIRF to help fund our programs.

2013 (October) – Mobile-assisted Language Learning

As part of TIRF’s mission to sponsor and disseminate cutting edge research into language education, we have commissioned a set of papers on different aspects of handheld language learning, to be published in the first instance as free downloads on our website. Each of these papers aims to summarize the state of our knowledge concerning the use and effects of handheld devices on the outcomes of English language learning.

More information on our mobile-assisted assisted language learning commissioned papers can be found by clicking here.

2013 (March) – Online English Language Teacher Education

TIRF’s 2013 commissioned study is titled, A Case for Online English Language Teacher Education. This paper investigates a range of online professional development opportunities offered by institutions around the world. We would like to recognize TIRF Trustee Dr. David Nunan and Anaheim University for their financial support of this report.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Denise Murray (Professor Emerita, Maquarie University, Sydney, Australia), principal author of this study, for her diligence and professionalism in conducting this research-based paper. This study is based on a series of eighteen case reports about online professional development opportunities for language teachers. We are especially thankful for the expertise of each of these eighteen contributors.

  • Click here to download the paper. (For a printer-friendly version, click here.)
  • To access and download the case reports utilized in this study, click here.

2012 – English at Work

We are pleased to announce the publication of its most recent commissioned paper entitled, English at Work: An Analysis of Case Reports about English Language Training for the 21st-century Workforce, which was co-authored by Anthony Fitzpatrick and Robert O’Dowd.

  • Click here to download the paper. (For a printer-friendly version, click here.)
  • To download a business-oriented summary, please click here.
  • To download the executive summary, please click here.
  • To browse and download case reports that were summarized in TIRF’s English at Work paper, go here.

2012 – Chinese Version of English at Work: An Analysis of Case Reports About English Language Training for the 21st-century Workforce

The Foundation is pleased to share access to a translated Chinese version of its 2012 report regarding English language training for the 21st-century workforce. Click here to access the translated paper. We are extremely thankful to our colleagues at English Career magazine for making this report available to Chinese readers. We would also like to recognize Ms. Yi-hua Lin for helping to check the translation of the paper.

2010 – The Language of Business

TIRF colleagues, Ryan Damerow and Kathi Bailey, have also published an article in BizEd magazine which explains the necessity of language requirements in MBA programs worldwide. To read the article, please click on the title, The Language of Business, and then advance to page 70.

2010 – Chinese Version of The Impact of English and Plurilingualism in Global Corporations

TIRF is pleased to announce that a Chinese translation of The Impact of English and Plurilingualism in Global Corporations has appeared in the 2010 English Career, Volumes 33 and  34 (June and October), a magazine which is published in Taiwan. We are grateful to the editors and to Ms. Kuan-Ling Lin and Mr. Chao-Min Hsu for the translation.

2009English in Multilingual Global Corporations

TIRF’s first publication was in 2009 and is entitled, The Impact of English and Plurilingualism in Global Corporations. The full version of the report is available here.

To see a summary of this report, please click here.