Annual Conference 2014


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Featured Speakers & Keynotes

 Debshort2 Deborah J. Short, PH.D., directs Academic Language Research & Training and provides professional development on content-based ESL, sheltered instruction, and academic literacy. As a Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, she co-developed the SIOP Model for sheltered instruction and directed research on English language learners for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Rockefeller Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education. Publications include journal articles, SIOP Model books, and ESL textbooks for National Geographic Learning/Cengage. She taught ESL/EFL in New York, California, Virginia, and the Congo. She is on TESOL’s Board of Directors. 
Wayne P. Thomas, Ph.D. and Virginia P. Collier, Ph.D.Professors Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier are internationally known for their research on long-term school effectiveness for linguistically and culturally diverse students.   Dr. Thomas is a professor emeritus of evaluation and research methodology and Dr. Collier is a professor emerita of bilingual/multicultural/ESL education, both from George Mason University.  Their publications are listed and posted on their website:   wayne&virginia
girard Gerard Van Herk, Ph.D. is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. He was born in Montréal, Québec, in 1959 and grew up near there during the turbulent political and sociolinguistic days of the 1960s and 1970s. His degrees include a PhD in linguistics, an MA in applied linguistics, and undergraduate degrees in TESL and English.His research generally involves quantitative analysis of morphological and syntactic variables (question formation, past temporal reference, the simple present, negation) in varieties of English (African American, Barbadian, Québec, and especially Newfoundland). Over the years, he has become more and more interested in questions of identity, local-ness, salience, and gender performance. He has published or presented about 100 papers on sociolinguistic topics. He’s also interested in the teaching of Linguistics, including how to integrate primary research into the undergraduate classroom. He is the author of What is Sociolinguistics? (2012)and the co-editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics (2013). 

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