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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 Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients’ received.
     At the 2016 AAAL conference in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Katie Bernstein, a 2013 TIRF DDG recipient, received a new award from AAAL. According to the association’s website, the AAAL Dissertation Award ... [continue reading]

TIRF James E. Alatis Prize - Call for Nominations 2017

     Just last year, the Foundation established the James E. Alatis Prize for Research in Language Policy and Planning in Educational Contexts. We are once again offering the prize this year, which bestows a gift of $500 to the recipient. The deadline for nominations is September 1, 2016. To read the call for nominations and to learn more about the prize ... [continue reading]

IATEFL's 50th Anniversary Conference

     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 Knagg, David Nunan, and Nick Saville) made their way to Birmingham for an equally successful IATEFL conference. Past TIRF President Donald Freeman ... [continue reading]

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 ... [continue reading]

UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

     The idea for the UKALTA grew out of the Language Testing Forum (LTF) – the annual gathering of language assessment researchers and practitioners from around the United Kingdom, which has been running since 1980. Since 2014, there has been discussion of developing an organisation which would support the conference, and which would also provide professional support for those working on language testing and assessment within the UK. ... [continue reading]

TIRF @ TESOL 2016 - Slidecast Now Available

     Last month during the TESOL Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, TIRF Trustee Joe Lo Bianco presented his paper entitled, “Teacher Voices, English, and Multilingualism: Building Peace through Language Planning.” Since that time, we have received quite a few inquiries requesting further information about Dr. Lo Bianco’s presentation. We are happy to share the news that a slidecast, found just below, is now available from his talk.
     If you are interested in slidecasts from other TIRF talks given in the past, please
click here or visit our YouTube channel.
TIRF at 2016 TESOL: Building Peace Through Language Policy and Planning
TIRF at 2016 TESOL: Building Peace Through Language Policy and Planning

Chair’s Report—Once in a "Blue Moon"

     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. [continue reading]

TIRF Today is edited by Ryan Damerow, Chief Operating Officer, TIRF.
TIRF TODAY - Volume 7, Issue 5

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