TIRF is pleased to make the following resources available to teachers, researchers, parents, graduate students, program administrators, and the general public free of charge:
- Links to organizations with missions similar to that of TIRF or that serve any of TIRF’s constituencies
- Journals in language teaching and applied linguistics which deal with topics of interest to TIRF’s constituencies
- Reference lists on various topics of interest to teachers, researchers, applied linguists, program administrators, and so on
- Grant and fellowship information from organizations with missions similar to TIRF
- Annotated bibliography on language classroom research, teacher research, and research methodology
- Award information for graduate research offered by various organizations
- Free online training for “Protecting Human Research Participants”
- Free software and guide to using R – useful for statistical computing and graphics
The reference lists are meant to be dynamic tools. They are stored as downloadable Word documents so that anyone can use them to start a research report, provide a conference presentation handout, locate needed information, and so on.
I've been teaching English as a foreign/second language for the last 27 years and come to the conclusion that there must be an outcome of my long way back vision and perception in terms of an independent research. What I have found interesting and motivating is the area of exposing oneself into a new language and the obstacles through which one makes his efforts to get through. I'm looking for a topic/a thesis query which can involve me doing the job even more interesting. I'll appreciate if anyone can extend his/her views searching and finding a potentially acceptable problem for my PhD beginning.
@Jim -- Here is one thought. There is a useful book for people in your situation. It is called "More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching English Abroad." It is by Don Snow and it can be purchased via amazon.com for about $3.00. I know the title refers to teaching abroad, but the ideas in it would be good for your situation too. Also, depending on where you live, you might want to contact the local TESOL affiliate. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an international association of English teaching professionals world wide, but it has affiliates throughout the US. To find out if there is an affiliate in the area where you live, please go to http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=160&DID=1630 The members of that affiliate might be able to suggest local resources, or you might be able to attend a local conference to get ideas. Good luck! Kathi Bailey (TIRF President)
@ Ryan - You are very welcome!
She is 40 and speaks a little english, mostly from asking me all the time. She will be here in the US permanently. We have comitted to learning but the choices are extensive. She does read some english. Thank you
@ Jim – Thanks for your question. Can you please tell us a bit more information? How old is your friend? What is their purpose for learning English (e.g., work, school, travel, etc.)? Do they live in an English-speaking country or are they somewhere else? Thanks, Kathi Bailey
@ Ryan – We’re happy to make these resources available to the public! You’re very welcome! - TIRF
I am looking for the best method to teach a Thai friend english....could you help with the answer to that question. It will all be done at home Thank you
I'm very impressed with how comprehensive these resources are. Nice job in researching and compiling all of these lists. Thanks so much!
I really appreciate TIRF's efforts in making links, journals, and reference lists available to the public for free! Ryan