TIRF DDG recipients

Recipients and Findings

The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held online this year from June 14 to 17, and as has been the custom for several years, TIRF was represented there. At the awards ceremony, plaques were given to seven TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients – five 2019 TIRF DDG recipients and two 2020 awardees. (Since last year’s LTRC event was cancelled due to the pandemic, recognizing the 2019 grantees was not possible.)

TIRF’s Alumni Map Updated – 2022 DDG Awardees Added

To help demonstrate the “I” in “TIRF,” each year, after we award our latest Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients, we update the “TIRF Alumni” map. Using Google Maps, the latest grantees are added to this online resource. As you’ll see, we share information about the DDG awardees, including their names,

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Chair’s Report, By Jun Liu – Transitioning to the Future

TIRF has undergone a new leadership transition this month. We have recently celebrated the legacy of Kathi Bailey, TIRF’s outgoing President, and welcomed me, the TIRF’s incoming President, along with Suzanne Panferov Reese, TIRF’s incoming Vice President. Over the last 13 years, Kathi has led TIRF through tides of change.

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Support Scholarship, Support TIRF

Earlier this year, the Foundation began offering organizations an opportunity to support both the field of language education and TIRF in a simple and affordable way. In short, TIRF invites organizations to sponsor its reference lists – an activity that also helps to promote their visibility via the Foundation’s channels.

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TIRF Trustees Recognized for Contributions to the Foundation

At the Foundation’s fall Board meeting, two Trustees were honored for their long service to TIRF. Mrs. Ana Sylvia Ramirez Toriello is the CEO at El Instituto Guatemalteco Americano (IGA), Guatemala’s Bi-National Center. Dr. Joe Lo Bianco recently retired from his post as Professor of Language and Literacy Education at

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TIRF’s Fall Board Meeting; Leadership Change

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees gathered virtually earlier this month, in order to convene their fall meeting. In this piece, we provide updates from the meeting, including information about TIRF’s leadership transition, which was formally announced earlier this year. TIRF Treasurer Donna Christian led the first portion of the meeting.

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Announcing TIRF’s 2022 DDG Awardees

This year marks the 21st consecutive year TIRF has offered its Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs) to doctoral candidates around the world. With the support of our partners – Cambridge University Press & Assessment, the British Council, and Educational Testing Service, Inc. – along with many individual donors – TIRF has recently completed

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ELevate Your Career with TESOL International Association

TESOL International Association is hosting its virtual conference ELevate, 18-19 October, to help primary and secondary English language teaching (ELT) professionals support their multilingual learners. This event provides in-depth interactive workshops led by top English language experts. At ELevate 2022, ELT professionals will gain a deeper understanding of critical issues,

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ElliConn 2022: Simplicity in ELT

We’re happy to share information with TIRF supporters about an exciting event from Ellii. Consider joining them for a free, two-day virtual conference: #ElliiCon2022: Simplicity in ELT. On September 15–16, join the Ellii team and other English language experts to explore simple, effective, and practical strategies that will help you

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New Semester, New Reference Lists from TIRF

Part of TIRF’s mission is to collect, organize, and disseminate information and research on the teaching and learning of language. One way the Foundation addresses this goal is by sharing reference lists on topics of interest to language teachers, researchers, test developers, teacher educators, materials developers, and program administrators. There

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