Announcing TIRF’s 2017 DDG Awardees

TIRF is now in its 16th year of awarding Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs). It is because of the help of our wonderful sponsors over the years that we have been able to sustain our flagship program, which continues to grow in size each year. This year for the first time in the history of the program, we received more than 100 proposals from individuals requesting funding from TIRF to help complete their doctoral degrees.

Over the years of running the DDG program, TIRF has benefitted immensely from the incredible support of a multitude of individuals and partnering organizations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many individual donors who have supported our grant-making efforts to help deserving junior scholars. In particular, we want to acknowledge those individuals who have contributed to TIRF’s Russell N. Campbell fund, which is awarded to the highest-rated DDG applicant each year.

We would also like to recognize the sponsorship of the following organizations which have contributed significantly to TIRF’s DDG program in recent years: Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council, Educational Testing Service, and Laureate International Universities. We remain ever grateful for the important contributions these organizations have made to the mission of TIRF, as well as to the broader landscape of language education, through TIRF’s DDG program.

Including this year’s grants, TIRF has now made DDG awards to 114 individuals from many countries, including Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, England, Iran, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Scotland, Sudan, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. TIRF maintains a Google map, which will soon be updated, showing information about our grantees, their studies, and their hometowns.

We are very pleased to announce the 2017 class of TIRF DDG recipients. What you will find below are brief bio data statements for each of this year’s grantees, as well as information about their studies and the particular TIRF Research Priority each proposal addresses. Please use the links below to learn more about our grantees and their exciting doctoral work.

Özgür Şahan (Russel N. Campbell Awardee) (Language Assessment) is a PhD student at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey, and is currently working on his PhD dissertation in the field of writing assessment. His research explores the impact of rater experience and essay quality on rater behavior and scoring. He is an EFL instructor and Assistant Director of the School of Foreign Languages at Bursa Technical University. Mr. Sahan’s doctoral supervisor is Prof. Salim Razi.

Alisha Biler (Language Assessment) is a PhD candidate in the Linguistics program at the University of South Carolina. She has extensive experience in language teaching, curriculum design, and teacher training. Her dissertation research focuses on the interplay of cohesion and lexical difficulty and how these factors impact reading comprehension, particularly in the design of reading assessments. Ms. Biler’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Nina Moreno.

Friederike Sell (Language Assessment) holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. Research projects she has been involved in focus on pragmatic competence in different speaker groups and the experiences of non-native speakers using English at work, among others. Her PhD project at the University of Bonn looks at the importance of general cognitive mechanisms for foreign language speakers’ pragmatic competence. Ms. Sell’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Klaus P. Schneider.

Giang Hoang (Technology) is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She received her MA degree in TESOL from California State University, Los Angeles in 2011. Her current area of research is automated essay evaluation. She is interested in researching language assessment and second language writing. Ms. Hoang’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Ute Knoch.

Heidi Liu Banerjee (Language Assessment) is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Linguistics & TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research is being supervised by Dr. James Purpura. She has had over 10 years of EFL/ESL teaching experience in Taiwan and the US, and has interned at Pearson and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Her dissertation research investigates the construct of topical knowledge in communicative language proficiency through a highly-contextualized scenario-based assessment designed to simulate real-life second language use.

Jacqueline Grossart (Language Assessment) is an experienced ELT professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector as an English language lecturer and researcher. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Education at the University of Strathclyde. Her study, An Investigation into Plagiarism in Second-Language (L2) Writing, examines L2 students’ perceptions of plagiarism and ways in which pedagogy can improve authorial identity. Ms. Grossart’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Karsten Klenkies.

Jin-Kyeong Jung (Technology) is a PhD student in the Literacy, Culture, and International Education department at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics from King’s College London. Her research interests include digital literacies, transliteracies, multilingual adolescents, and adults’ practice and development of multiple languages and literacies. Ms. Jung’s research is being supervised by Dr. Amy Stornaiuolo.

Kathryn Accurso (Language Teacher Education) is a PhD candidate in Teacher Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her doctoral study explores mainstream secondary teachers’ development of knowledge about language, using longitudinal mixed methods to better understand how language education interacts with new teachers’ existing discourses and emerges in their teaching of disciplinary literacies over time. Ms. Accurso’s doctoral advisor is Dr. Meg Gebhard.

Nhu-Hien Luong Phan (Language Teacher Education) is a PhD Candidate at The University of New South Wales, Australia. She researches and publishes in the areas of TESOL, social policy, educational leadership, and language learning motivation. The title of her study is Teacher Support Needs of ELT Teachers at Foreign Language Centres: A Multiple-case Study. Ms. Luong-Phan’s research is being supervised by Prof. Anne Burns.

Norbella Miranda (Language Planning & Policy) is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at Universidad del Quindio and an assistant professor at Universidad del Valle. Her areas of interest include language policy, curriculum, and autonomy. Her dissertation, Colombian Education Policy for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language: Its Appropriation in the Classroom, analyzes teachers’ policy interpretation and enactment in the daily practice. Ms. Miranda’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Silvia Valencia Giraldo.

Shakina Rajendram (English as a Medium of Instruction) is a doctoral candidate in Language and Literacies Education/Comparative, International and Development Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation research focuses on the role of translanguaging in scaffolding collaborative English language learning among multilingual primary school students in Malaysia. Her research interests include language policy, plurilingualism, collaborative learning, and multiliteracies. Ms. Rajendram’s research is being supervised by Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson.

Soobin Yim (Technology) is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine, specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Her research interests include digital literacy, L2 writing, CALL, and ESP/EAP. In her doctoral dissertation, she explores the practices, outcomes, and perceptions of bilingual adolescents’ synchronous collaborative writing in Google Docs using a longitudinal, mixed-methods case study approach that integrates text mining. Ms. Yim’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Mark Warschauer.

Su Jin Park (Technology) is a PhD candidate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University Bloomington, minoring in Instructional Systems Technology. She has taught freshmen composition to multilingual students. Her research interests encompass language learners’/ teachers’ identity, computer mediated language learning, and adult immigrants’ investment in language learning. She is writing her dissertation under Dr. Beth Samuelson’s supervision.

Tabitha Kidwell (Language Teacher Education) is a doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics & Language Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught French, Spanish, and English on five continents to students ranging from pre-schoolers to adults. Her research interests focus on language teacher education, particularly how language teachers are prepared to teach about culture. Ms. Kidwell’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Megan Madigan Peercy.

Thi Hoai Thu Tran (English as a Medium of Instruction) is a Lecturer of English in the English for Specific Purposes Department, College of Foreign Languages, Hue University, Vietnam. She is also a PhD student at School of Education, The University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research looks at policies and practices of EMI in Vietnamese tertiary EFL contexts. Ms. Tran’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Rachel Burke.

Thi Lan Anh Tran (Language Teacher Education) is a PhD candidate in the School of Education, University of New South Wales, Australia. She is particularly interested in English teacher education, teacher learning and development, qualitative research methods, and teacher research. Her current research explores English teachers’ research engagement, their learning and development while conducting research in a tertiary environment. Her research supervisor is Professor Anne Burns.

Tobie Bass (Language Planning & Policy) is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation project bridges the topics of teacher education in ESOL and educational policies impacting immigrant students. Engaging actor-network theory, she problematizes the ontology/epistemology dichotomy. Her southern roots, experience as an ESOL teacher, and solidarity with immigrants in the U.S. Southeast drive her research to respond outside of dichotomous positioning during this polarizing time. Ms. Bass’ research is being supervised by Dr. Linda Anne Harklau.

William Cook (Language Planning & Policy) is an Applied Linguistics PhD student at York University in Toronto. His research interests are in language policy and planning, with particular focus on Arab Gulf States. His current doctoral project is an in-depth ethnographic investigation of the lived language policy experiences of individuals working and studying at a private English language school in the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Cook’s doctoral supervisor is Dr. Eve Haque.

YeonJoo Jung (Technology) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University. Her primary research interest includes the application of experimental techniques from psychology to second language processing and acquisition. She is also interested in different factors affecting the efficacy of task-based language teaching in second/foreign language development. Ms. Jung’s research is being supervised by Dr. YouJin Kim.

We wish to add that for the first time this year, TIRF is including in its adjudication process a category of “Honorable Mention.” Although this distinction does not involve a monetary award, we would like to recognize the outstanding work of the following DDG applicants:

  1. Jungwan Yoon; The Pennsylvania State University; Writing Beyond the Obvious: The Effects of Tasks and Source Texts on Student Writing in ESL Freshman Composition
  2. Sin Yu Cherry Chan; The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Second Language Identities and Study Abroad: Multiple Case Studies of Hong Kong English Teacher Education Majors in a Short-term Study Abroad Program in the UK
  3. Thanh Luan Nguyen; The University of Newcastle, Australia; Investigating Students’ Perceptions of Vietnamese Tertiary English Education

Please join us in congratulating all of this year’s DDG recipients and Honorable Mentionees!

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Dear TIRF Supporter, As you may have read in TIRF’s November newsletter, #GivingTuesday is upon us and TIRF could really use your help. With this email, I am asking for you to please donate to TIRF. Shortly after sending the November edition of TIRF Today last week, I received some brief notes from two of […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – The Giving Season is Just Around the Corner

Last night, I was watching a movie on television while I was reading the day’s mail. In addition to the usual advertisements for products and services, the movie segments were interspersed with several appeals for donations. There were compelling and even heart-wrenching solicitations from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), from […]

TIRF DDG Awardees Featured in Cambridge SiLT Volume

Editor’s note: This piece was written by John Savage, Publications Assistant at Cambridge English Language Assessment.  The Research and Thought Leadership Group of Cambridge English Language Assessment continue their mission to disseminate innovative, interdisciplinary research through the latest publication of the Studies in Language Testing (SiLT) series, which was done in collaboration with TIRF. Advancing […]

Support TIRF on #GivingTuesday!

According to the #GivingTuesday website, “GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year […]

TESOL Recognizes TIRF with 2017 Presidents’ Award

Editor’s note: This piece was written by David Cutler, Policy & Communications Specialist, TESOL International Association Alexandria, VA (15 November 2016) – TESOL International Association announced today that The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) is being honored with the 2017 TESOL Presidents’ Award. Honorees of the award are individuals or organizations outside […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – The Search for Treats is Tricky

At the end of October, people in several countries will celebrate Hallowe’en, or All Hallows, as it is called in some places. Children (and some adults) dress up in costumes for “trick-or-treating” – going door-to-door, asking for candy. It has been many years since I wore a Hallowe’en costume, though I will admit to enjoying […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – The Autumnal Equinox

As I draft this Chair’s Report for the September, 2016 issue of TIRF Today, I am aware of the passage of time. For instance, it has been six years since Ryan Damerow and I produced the first issue of this monthly newsletter. I can hardly believe I’ve managed to produce 73 Chair’s Reports! I am […]

TIRF Board of Trustees Convenes for its Fall Meeting

Earlier this month, TIRF Board members gathered in Washington, DC to participate in the Foundation’s fall Board meeting. TIRF’s fall meetings are typically held over two days, so that Trustees have ample time to discuss the Foundation’s programs and activities, including the projects that are currently being undertaken, those that have been completed since the […]

2016 ABLA Convention: An Opportunity to Share Best Practices

Editor’s note: In this piece, Mr. Hector Alvarado, Academic Unit Director at IGA, shares information about the ABLA conference, which took place last month in the US. The Association of the Bi-National Centers in Latin America (ABLA) is formed by centers which primarily focus on English language teaching, but also offer many other benefits to […]

TIRF’s Reference Lists Updated

Due to the diligent efforts of several of our supporters, we are pleased to share with you that TIRF’s collection of reference lists, which boasts more than 150 topics covered, was updated this month. It is our hope that through providing this resource to our stakeholders and the public, we will help the members of […]

Former TIRF Trustee Honored by the American Association for Applied Linguistics

Former TIRF Trustee Dr. Patricia (“Patsy”) Duff has been honored by the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) as the 2017 recipient of the AAAL Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award. Patsy was a member of the TIRF Board of Trustees for six years and served as the Chair of TIRF’s Research Advisory Committee. The AAAL […]

Laureate Languages CoP to Hold TIRF Webinar

We are pleased to announce an upcoming event of interest to researchers and administrators working in language education research. TIRF is working with Laureate Language’s CoP (community of practice) to offer a live webinar, entitled “Introducing TIRF to the Laureate Languages Community,” on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 11am to 12pm ET. The general webinar […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – Wishing on a Star

When I was a little girl, I believed that if I saw a falling star, I should make a wish. Popular songs of the time reinforced this belief – songs like “When You Wish Upon a Star” from the animated Disney film “Pinocchio,” and Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star.” Later, I learned that falling […]

TIRF’s Resources for New Academic Semester

Whether you’re new to our newsletter or have been reading TIRF Today since 2010, we want to remind our readers about the helpful– and free – resources we maintain. As new academic semesters are just beginning in many parts of the world, please consider visiting the “Resources” section of our website. At the link provided […]

Announcing TIRF’s 2016 DDG Awardees

Fifteen years ago, TIRF awarded its first Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG). A decade and a half later, the Foundation has seen its DDG program grow into what is quite possibly now its flagship activity. Over this period of time, TIRF has made DDG awards to 95 individuals from many countries, for example, Cambodia, Canada, China, […]

TIRF at LTRC 2016

The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), which is the annual meeting of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA), was held in Palermo, Sicily (Italy), June 20–24, 2016. LTRC is an important event for TIRF, particularly because each year, thanks to a generous donation from Cambridge English Language Assessment, we recognize TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) […]

Cambridge and Laureate Establish OLLReN

  Editor’s note: Mr. Ben Knight, Director for ELT Research & Teacher Development at Cambridge University Press, shares information with TIRF Today readers about the establishment and activities of OLLReN. Laureate International Universities and Cambridge University Press (CUP) have set up the Online Language Learning Research Network (OLLReN) to support the sharing and development of […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – The Dog Days of Summer

Dear TIRF Today Readers, Like many readers of this newsletter, I spend a fair amount of time writing. On a regular basis I write letters of recommendation, articles, forewords and prefaces, book chapters, research reports, reviews of manuscripts, and countless emails. It is interesting that the most difficult writing I do on a regular basis […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – Singing with Friends

Dear TIRF Today Readers, I was recently rehearsing for a musical performance with my friend, Tim Marquette. We were working hard but we were also having a lot of fun with the timing, the wording, the harmony, and the narrative between the songs. At some point it occurred to me that singing with friends has […]

Cambridge English Launches New Title on Learning-Oriented Assessment

Editor’s note: In this piece, John Savage, Publications Assistant at Cambridge English Language Assessment, shares information about Cambridge English’s recent publication in its Studies in Language Testing series. The Research and Thought Leadership Group of Cambridge English, who have a long-standing relationship with TIRF, continue their mission to disseminate innovative and interdisciplinary research with the […]

Research Spotlight: Center for Language Education and Research at MSU

Editor’s note: In this piece, Joy Campbell, Executive Associate Director of CLEAR, shares information about this resource center based in East Lansing, Michigan. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, the Center for Language Education and Research (CLEAR) was founded in 1996 as part of Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. One of sixteen […]

TIRF Grantees Earn Special Accolades

In last month’s newsletter, we summarized TIRF’s activities at the TESOL and AAAL conferences in April. However, as there was so much news to share at that time, we were unable to include other important highlights about some of our grantees. In this piece, we feature news about some exciting accolades three of our Doctoral […]

Chair’s Report, By Kathi Bailey – Once in a “Blue Moon”

Dear TIRF Today Readers, Last weekend, we experienced what is sometimes called a “Blue Moon.”  This term is used when a second full moon occurs during one month. Normally there are twelve full moons each year, and these are distributed evenly across the four seasons. But sometimes thirteen full moons appear in one year. A […]

IATEFL’s 50th Anniversary Conference

Editor’s note: In the piece below, TIRF Trustees David Nunan and Nick Saville share some of the IATEFL 50th-anniversary conference highlights. April was a busy month on the conference scene with TESOL and IATEFL both celebrating their 50th birthdays. Following a highly successful TESOL conference in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, four TIRF trustees (Michael Carrier, John […]

UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

Editor’s note: TIRF recently became aware of some exciting news about a new association established in our field. We are happy to share the following announcement from Barry O’Sullivan, President of the United Kingdom Association for Language Testing and Assessment (UKALTA). The idea for the UKALTA grew out of the Language Testing Forum (LTF) – […]

New Reference List Offerings

We are pleased to share that over the past couple of months, we have created several new reference lists to share with our stakeholders. The topics of these new additions include Race and Ethnicity, Meta-Analysis in Language Learning & Teaching, Questions in Language Learning & Teaching, Teacher Cognition and Decision Making, Metaphor, and Eye-Tracking Research. […]

New TIRF-Routledge Volume Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the third book in the TIRF-Routledge Global Research on Teaching and Learning English series has now been published. The volume, Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL: Global Perspectives, is edited by two TIRF Trustees, Jodi Crandall and MaryAnn Christison. The following offers a description of the volume (adapted […]

Building Peace in SE Asia through Language Planning and Policy

There are no shortages of violent conflict disturbing peace in many parts of our world today. Tens of thousands have lost their lives throughout the Middle East and Africa over the last year as a result of the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the Boko Haram Insurgency, and the Syrian Civil War. Conflicts such […]

Announcing TIRF’s Inaugural Alatis Prize Awardee

During TIRF’s spring Board meeting last year, Trustees unanimously voted to establish the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts. The prize was created both to promote research on language planning and policy and to honor long-standing TIRF Trustee, Dr. James “Jim” Alatis, who passed away in February […]

TIRF Announces Second Study on OLTE

We are pleased to announce that TIRF is moving forward with a follow-up study to its first publication on online language teacher education (OLTE). The first study was authored by Dr. Denise Murray, Professor Emerita at Macquarie University. Dr. Murray will be co-authoring this next paper, tentatively entitled “Online Language Teacher Education: Participants’ Experiences and […]

TIRF Trustee David Nunan Honored with Prestigious Award

We are pleased to share that TIRF Trustee David Nunan received the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL during the TESOL Convention in Toronto, Ontario last month. His acceptance speech can be viewed below. According to the TESOL International Association’s website, the purpose of the award is “to acknowledge outstanding and extended service […]

TIRF Trustees Convene for Spring 2015 Board Meeting

On Wednesday, March 25th, the TIRF Board of Trustees convened for their Spring 2015 meeting. With an action-packed agenda, Board members discussed a number of critical activities and issues pertinent to the future success of the Foundation and its mission. One agenda item Board members discussed was future directions in the TIRF-Routledge co-publication series, entitled […]

TIRF Mourns the Loss of Trustee Emeritus Dr. James E. Alatis

With great sorrow in our hearts, we regret to share that TIRF Trustee Emeritus Dr. James E. Alatis passed away on Saturday, February 28th in Arlington, VA. Dr. Alatis, known as Jim to us, was one of TIRF’s founding Trustees. His indomitable legacy will live on for decades to come, as his contributions to TIRF […]

TIRF Trustees’ Activities in Toronto

We asked our Board members to share with us whether they will be presenting at LTRC, AAAL, and/or TESOL. It turns out that Jodi Crandall, Jun Liu, and David Nunan will be particularly busy during their time in Toronto. In case you are interested in meeting with these Trustees, or if you wish to learn […]

TIRF Panel Presentation at 2015 TESOL Convention

With the 2015 TESOL Convention just around the corner, we would be thrilled for you to join us in Toronto! TIRF has a strong history of supporting TESOL Conventions in past years, and once again the Foundation will have a presence at this year’s Convention. TIRF will be hosting a panel presentation at the Metro […]

Second TIRF-Routledge Publication Expected in March 2015

In March 2015, TIRF and Routledge will release Teaching and Learning English Grammar, the second volume in the series, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English,” which is co-published by TIRF and Routledge. This volume is co-edited by TIRF Trustees MaryAnn Christison (University of Utah) and Donna Christian (Center for Applied Linguistics), former TIRF Trustee […]

40th FAAPI Annual Conference

The 2015 Argentine Federation of English Teachers’ Associations (FAAPI) Conference, organised by ACPI (Córdoba English Teachers’ Association), will bring together ELT professionals from Argentina and other countries to discuss and reflect on classroom challenges and teaching concerns of the new millennium. These include the need to humanize the use of ICTs in the different learning environments, prioritizing learning […]

October 2014 Newsletter Quiz Help

As noted in our November newsletter, in the October 2014 issue of TIRF Today, we offered a trick-or-treat challenge to our readers. The quiz was hosted on TIRF’sbook page. Although we had many replies to our quiz, no one answered all five items correctly. We still are hoping to award a prize to one of […]

The Gift of Giving

This season of the year – harvest time in the Northern Hemisphere – is often recognized as a time for giving thanks. Indeed, Canadian thanksgiving (Jour de l’action de grâce) was celebrated in October. In the US, Thanksgiving will be celebrated this week. Tuesday, December 2 is officially recognized as “Giving Tuesday.” This is a […]

Support TIRF via AmazonSmile

At TIRF, we realize that not every one of our supporters is able to make a financial donation to the Foundation. With this idea in mind, there is an alternative way that you can help provide TIRF meaningful revenue without actually making a donation to the Foundation. Last year, Amazon started a program in which […]

TIRF Activities at the 2014 AILA World Congress

Editor’s note: This piece includes conference summaries from four TIRF Trustees who attended the AILA World Congress earlier this month. We would like to recognize Mr. Michael Carrier, Dr. Jodi Crandall, Dr. Joe Lo Bianco, and Dr. Nick Saville for their contributions to this article. The AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, or in English, […]

Recent TIRF Publication Presented to Sheikh Nahayan

Editor’s note: In this piece, Dr. Yehia El-Ezabi details his recent trip to the UAE. Please note that TIRF does not incur travel expenses for such trips. On Friday, April 18, 2014, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), TIRF Trustee Emeritus Yehia El-Ezabi and former Trustee Ali Al Sharhan had the distinct pleasure of […]

ELT Conferences in Argentina

Two conferences are set to be held later this year in Argentina. Both events will take place from September 18-20, 2014. The Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Santiago del Estero (APISE) is organizing FAAPI’s (Federación Argentina de Profesores de Inglés) XXXIX Annual Conference. This event is one of the most important meetings in Argentina, as it offers […]

Language Education Policy Discussion Held in Pakistan

One aspect of TIRF’s mission includes influencing language policies around the globe that have an impact on language education. More specifically, this part of our mission states that TIRF seeks “to influence the formation and implementation of appropriate language education policies, recognizing the importance of indigenous languages and cultures worldwide, and of English as an […]

British Council Grant to Support Research in Under-Resourced Areas

We are delighted to announce that the British Council has awarded TIRF a Research Grant of £ 15,000 (fifteen thousand pounds) to the 2014 TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grants program. The TIRF-British Council grants are intended to support candidates at universities in resource-poor environments (all countries on the OECD DAC list of developing countries). These funds […]

Global Research on Teaching and Learning English

We are pleased to announce a new book series, Global Research on Teaching and Learning English, co-published by TIRF and Routledge. This series showcases research by young scholars from around the world, whose studies have been funded by grants from TIRF, awarded through carefully vetted international competitions. Since 2002, TIRF has commissioned and/or funded research […]

Dr. James E. Alatis Honored as TIRF Trustee Emeritus

At the September 2013 Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. James E. Alatis (known to us as Jim) was honored as a Trustee Emeritus. At that event, Trustees Kathi Bailey, Richard Boyum, MaryAnn Christison, and Dick Tucker shared their thoughts with Jim about his influence on the Foundation and the field. Jim’s wife, Penny, and son, […]

TIRF Board Endorses Two International Policy Statements

Editor’s note: In this piece, Trustee Joe Lo Bianco reports on TIRF’s endorsement of two important international language policy statements.     As part of TIRF’s role to encourage language policies which promote best practices in English teaching and research around the world, the Board of Trustees monitors developments that have the potential to shape the […]

British Council Releases “Culture at Work” Study

The British Council has released a new study regarding the role of intercultural skills in the workplace. The paper, entitled Culture at Work: The Value of Intercultural Skills in the Workplace, can be downloaded for free by clicking here. To provide a preview, the report’s executive summary is included below: The modern workplace is increasingly […]

TIRF Releases “A Case for Online English Language Teacher Education”

TIRF is pleased to announce the release of its 2013 commissioned study, 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 […]

TIRF at 2013 TESOL Convention in Dallas, Texas

The 2013 TESOL Convention is just around the corner. The Convention will be held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, USA. At this year’s TIRF session, Dr. Denise Murray, Professor Emeritus at Macquarie University and San José State University in California, and TIRF Trustee Dr. MaryAnn Christison will co-present on TIRF’s most recent […]

TIRF’s Year-end Report

The following piece was taken from TIRF’s December issue of TIRF Today, the Foundation’s monthly newsletter. In her piece, Kathi Bailey, President of TIRF, reflects on “Every December,” and encourages readers to read TIRF’s year-end report, which can be viewed by clicking here. Monday, December 17, 2012 As another year comes to a close, I […]

TIRF Welcomes Marti Estell as New Trustee

Marti Estell is the US State Department’s new representative to the TIRF Board of Trustees. We welcomed her to our recent Board meeting in White Plains, New York, via Skype. She provided the Trustees a report on a new initiative between the US State Department and the TESOL International Association. Marti began her post as […]

Alelo Team Visits TIRF

      Alelo means “tongue” or “language” in Hawaiian. Hawaii is a crossroads for languages and cultures throughout the Pacific Rim, and thus is a metaphor for Alelo’s mission. Alelo develops computer-based learning products focused on communication skills and cross cultural competencies needed for particular jobs and missions. The platform uses social simulations in which learners […]

TIRF Event in São Paulo, Brazil (July, 2012)

Earlier this month on Wednesday, July 12th in São Paulo, Brazil, thanks to Trustee Lorraine de Matos and her wonderful team at the Cultura Inglesa there, we hosted our second “TIRF Event” in Brazil. (The first was in 2005, and you can read about it by clicking here.) The event was a panel discussion entitled […]

English at Work Paper Now Available

We are pleased to announce that TIRF’s commissioned research paper, English at Work: An Analysis of Case Reports about English Language Training for the 21st-century Workforce, by Tony Fitzpatrick and Robert O’Dowd, is now available to download. The executive summary of the paper will continue to be available on TIRF’s website as well. The edited […]

TIRF’s 2012 TESOL Talk Now Available on SlideShare

For any individual who missed TIRF’s presentation last month at the TESOL Convention, you may now watch the slidecast from the event. (In general, a slidecast features a PPT presentation with the speaker’s recorded voice to accompany the slides.) The entire presentation, which includes a question-and-answer session at the end of the talk, can be […]

TIRF Board Elects Three New Trustees

At its board meeting in Philadelphia on March 28th, the TIRF Board elected three new Trustees. Here is some information about them. Andrew B. Sugerman is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Disney English in Shanghai, China. He received a Master of Business Administration with High Honors from The University of Chicago, Booth Graduate […]

TIRF Presentation at TESOL 2012, Philadelphia

At the TESOL Convention in Philadelphia this past week, TIRF launched its latest commissioned study, English at Work: An Analysis of Case Reports about English Language Training for the 21st-century Workforce. After a brief “meet and greet,” the study was summarized by co-author Tony Fitzpatrick, who noted several high points of the analysis of twenty […]

TIRF Trustee Receives Prestigious Award

TIRF Trustee MaryAnn Christison, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah, was recently honored with the James Alatis award “in recognition of outstanding and extended service to TESOL.” In making the award, TESOL President Dr. Christine Coombe sited MaryAnn’s seven-year term of service on the TESOL Board of Directors, including being President from 1997-1998, […]

You are Invited! TIRF at TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia

You are cordially invited to attend the TIRF presentation at the TESOL Convention in Philadelphia. The main presenter will be Tony Fitzpatrick, one of the authors of TIRF’s new monograph, English at Work: An Analysis of Case Reports of English Language Training for the 21st-century Workforce. He will summarize the literature review, explain the research […]

TESOL Quarterly September special topic issue: Narrative Research in TESOL

TIRF at 2011 TESOL – Presentations Now Online

At the 2011 TESOL Convention held in New Orleans this past March, several TIRF Board members participated in a panel presentation entitled, “Regional Perspectives on English: Current Status and Future Trends.” The panelists addressed the current status of English and predicted future trends in various parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Issues included […]

The Language of Business

Read about TIRF’s view on the role of languages in business education, The Language of Business.

Early Language Learning in Europe

For research reports about the project called Early Language Learning in Europe, please visit

TIRF Presentation at the TESOL Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, 2010

Three New TIRF Board Members Elected

The United Kingdom’s, The Guardian, connects TIRF’s report on plurilingualism to sport

International companies rely on the language skills of their staff to grow and compete across borders, but more research needs to be done to understand the role of languages in business and to develop effective training. This is the finding of a report published by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), a […]

TIRF Presentation at the TESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado, 2009

The International Research Foundation is developing a series of reports that addresses key, unanswered questions regarding policies and practices in English language education worldwide. The first of these reports, “The Impact of English and Plurilingualism in Global Corporations,”  was presented at the 2009 TESOL Convention in Denver. To see a summary of this report, please click […]

TIRF Breakfast at the TESOL Convention, New York, New York, 2008

On April 3, 2008, the TIRF Board of Trustees hosted a breakfast at the Sheraton New York in New York City, honoring TIRF’s supporters, reviewers, and grant recipients. The breakfast was held in conjunction with the international TESOL convention. This year TIRF celebrates its 10th year of existence. Kathleen Bailey, TIRF trustee, introduced the program […]

TIRF Breakfast at the TESOL Convention, Seattle, Washington, 2007

On March 22, 2007, the TIRF Board of Trustees hosted a breakfast in Seattle, Washington, USA, honoring TIRF’s supporters, reviewers, and grant recipients. The breakfast was held in conjunction with the international TESOL convention. The guest of honor was long time donor and supporter of TIRF activities, Betty Azar, who has funded TIRF Priority Research […]

TIRF Breakfast at the TESOL Convention, Tampa, Florida, 2006

On March 16, 2006, the TIRF Board of Trustees hosted a breakfast in Tampa, Florida honoring TIRF’s supporters, reviewers, and grant recipients. Joan gave an inspirational speech explaining why she gives to TIRF. Penny and Jim were recognized for their continued work with TIRF since before its inception as a foundation. After welcome remarks from […]

AAAL Wine and Cheese Reception, 2006

June 19, 2006 Hyatt Hotel, Montreal, Canada On June 19, 2006, the TIRF Board of Trustees hosted a wine and cheese reception at the 2006 AAAL Convention in Montreal, Canada. The reception honored TIRF’s supporters and introduced TIRF to newcomers. Patsy Duff, Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, gave a short presentation entitled, “What is […]

Brazil Event, 2005

Centro Brasileiro Britanico TESOL International Research Foundation Simpósio Inglês no processo educacional: ampliando oportunidades e promovendo mobilidade social April 25-26, 2005 Participants and special guests included the Cultura Inglesa President and members of its Executive board, British Council Directors SP, USA embassy/consulate staff, British consulate staff, São Paulo Secretaries of Education (both state and municipality), […]

UAE Event, 2005

March 12, 2005 Dubai, United Arab Emirates The first TIRF Dissemination Event took place in Dubai, UAE on Saturday March 12, 2005. It was hosted by the UAE Ministry of Education under the auspices of the Minister, Sheikh Nahayan, who delegated the Undersecretary of Education, Dr. Jamal Al Muhairi, to inaugurate the event which was […]

TIRF Breakfast at the TESOL Convention, San Antonio, 2005

On March 31, 2005, the TIRF Board of Trustees hosted a breakfast in San Antonio, Texas, honoring TIRF’s supporters, reviewers, and grant recipients. The guest of honor was long-term TIRF Board member and donor Joan Morley, Professor Emerita from the University of Michigan. After welcome remarks from TIRF Chair, Neil Anderson, Diane Larsen-Freeman honored Joan […]

TIRF Breakfast at the TESOL Convention, Long Beach, 2004

The 2004 breakfast honoring TIRF’s supporters was held in Long Beach, California. The guest of honor was Marge Campbell, wife of Russell N. Campbell. Doug Brown talked about why he gives to TIRF.

Alexandria, VA Event: February, 2001

Front row: Joan Morley (University of Michigan), Donald Freeman (School for International Training), and Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University). Second row: Koffi Edoh (World Bank), Ray Clifford (Interagency Language Roundtable), Art Wise (NCATE), and Kees de Bot (Nijmegen University). Standing: Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia), Donna Christian (Center for Applied Linguistics), Roy Gilbert (Oxford University […]