Month: February 2014

VFF: “Glocalized” English Presentation

For the March event in its Voices from the Field speaker series, VIU’s School of Education is excited to host a presentation on empowering non-native speakers to teach English as an international language.

The honored guest speaker, Bedrettin Yazan, will be giving a talk entitled “Glocalized English Language Teaching in a Globalized World.

DATE: Thursday, March 6, 2014
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Waples Mill Conference Room (11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA)

The presentation will focus on:

• English as a global and international phenomenon with local impacts
• New pedagogical approaches to educate culturally and linguistically competent English users
• The reconceptualization of English language teacher education practices
• The contribution of non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) to glocalized English teaching
• Shifts toward a professional milieu embracing cultural and linguistic diversity

Mr. Yazan is currently serving as President of the Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers (NNEST) Caucus for WATESOL, the Washington, DC Area TESOL organization.

As a doctoral candidate in the Second Language Education and Culture Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, he is conducting his dissertation research on pre-service ESL teachers’ construction of their professional identities. He has recently co-authored a book entitled Teaching English as an International Language (with Dr. Ali Fuad Selvi, published in 2013 by TESOL Press) and has published research on a variety of themes, including worldviews surrounding “native-speakerism” and English as a lingua franca, accentedness and intelligibility language learning, philosophical orientations of language acquisition research, learners’ motivations, language teachers’ identities, education equity, and curriculum reform.

This event is open to all VIU students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community.

To leanr more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Mr. Kevin Martin at, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, or visit the School of Education’s website at


CLLC2014 Schedule Now Available!

CLLC Schedule Now Available!

Virginia International University’s School of Education is pleased to announce that the schedule for our Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) is now available online! Please click to see the overview of events and the presentation and workshop schedule.

Early registration for the CLLC is open through February 28, 2014!
$10 for students
$30 for non-students
Register today at:
(Regular registration will be open until the first day of the conference, April 11, 2014.)

Strands of concurrent talks will focus on the following seven areas:

Technology in the language classroom
Instructed SLA
Arabic linguistics and language learning
Teacher education
Multilingual and immersion education
Cross-cultural differences and integrated culture in the classroom
Literacy and multiliteracies

We are also honored to host 3 distinguished plenary speakers:

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President and CEO of the Center for Applied Linguistics
speaking on the multilingual heritage and contemporary linguistic diversity in the US

Dr. Shelley Wong, Professor at George Mason University and past President of TESOL
speaking on student advocacy and empowerment

Dr. Ken Petersen, Technical Director of Online Learning and Assessment for American Councils for International Education
speaking on innovations in technology for the modern classroom

Registration is free for volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, please contact Rebecca Sachs at

We hope you’ll join us on April 11!

VIU is conveniently located a quick bus ride from Vienna Metro Station on the Orange line.

For more information, please…
Visit our website.
Follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU.
Email Kevin Martin (Director of the School of Education) at with any questions.