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TIRF Trustees Convene for Spring 2017 Meeting

    The Foundation’s Board of Trustees met earlier this month in Seattle, Washington. The meeting took place on Saturday, March 25th, one day after the 2017 TESOL Convention ended.
     TIRF’s programmatic activities have expanded over the past several years along with its positioning in the language education industry. The agenda for the Foundation’s meeting certainly reflected this growth. ... [continue reading]

Denise Murray and MaryAnn Christison Present OLTE Research   

     Last week in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Denise Murray (Professor Emerita at Macquarie University and at San José State University) and TIRF Trustee Dr. MaryAnn Christison (Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education at the University of Utah) gave a TIRF-sponsored talk as part of the 2017 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Their presentation, “Online Language Teacher Education: Participants’ Perceptions and Experiences,” was based on research ... [continue reading]

Application Deadline Rapidly Approaching for TIRF's 2017 DDG Competition!   

     There is less than one month to apply for a TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant! The proposal deadline is Wednesday, April 26th. Click here to read the call for proposals, learn about eligibility criteria, and much more!

Katherine Mortimer & Patsy Duff Recognized with Awards at 2017 AAAL Conference    

     Earlier this month at the 2017 AAAL (American Associations for Applied Linguistics) Conference in Portland, Oregon, two TIRF supporters were recognized with prestigious accolades. Dr. Katherine Mortimer was presented with the 2017 TIRF Alatis Prize, and Dr. Patsy Duff received AAAL’s Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA). ... [continue reading]

British Council-Sponsored Conference Scheduled for Dakar in November   

     The 12th Language and Development Conference will explore the role of language in supporting, not hindering, sustainable development initiatives through inclusive education, economic growth and societies that are also more just and peaceful. The event will be held in Dakar, Senegal November 27-29, 2017.
     The conference will bring together policy makers, development professionals, the NGO sector, the private sector, artists, and creative industry representatives, researchers, and all those with a perspective on and experience in the role of language in society.
     There is still time to get involved! Please consider submitting an abstract by May 19, 2017. For more information about the conference theme, the call for proposals, and much more, please visit the conference website.

TIRF-Routledge Publisher's Session & Book Signing

     TIRF collaborated with colleagues from Routledge last week to organize a session regarding their co-published series, Global Research on Teaching and Learning English, during the TESOL Convention held in Seattle, Washington. Presenters included TIRF Trustees Kathi Bailey, Michael Carrier, and MaryAnn Christison. TIRF’s Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Damerow, and Naomi Silverman, Publisher at Routledge, helped to organize the event. ... [continue reading]

ETS Announces Grant Opportunities 

      ETS (Educational Testing Service), a long-time TIRF supporter, has recently announced three grant opportunities. Each grant opportunity has unique features and specific deadlines – detailed information for each can be found just below. We encourage our readers to get involved ahead of the deadlines!
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TIRFers' Activities at 2017 AAAL Conference  

     The TIRF community was well represented at the recent annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). The conference was held in Portland, Oregon from March 18 to 21, 2017.
     TIRF Trustees Jodi Crandall and MaryAnn Christison organized a colloquium entitled “An Overview of Issues on Research in English Teacher Education and Professional Development.”
     In addition, many Doctoral Dissertation Grant recipients gave papers or poster presentations, or participated in colloquia. Their names are listed ... [continue reading]

Registration Underway for TESOL-TIRF Research Symposium

     The early bird registration window is now open for the first-ever TESOL-TIRF Research Symposium, entitled “Building an Inclusive Sustainable Research Community in TESOL.” Discounted rates are available until April 1st. We encourage you to act quickly and take advantage of this wonderful professional development opportunity at an affordable rate.
      The TESOL-TIRF Research Symposium will take place on June 2-3, 2017 in Monterey, California at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Please click here to visit the event’s landing page.

International Festival of Teacher-Research in ELT 2017

     The International Festival of Teacher-Research in ELT 2017 is kicking off on April 6th in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of the 2017 IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. The Festival will showcase a number of exciting teacher-research projects across the world, several of which focus on teacher-research in difficult circumstances.
     The Festival’s events will provide teachers with a platform to share their experiences and findings via face-to-face and ... [continue reading]

Chair's Report Honored and Humbled

     Last week at the TESOL Convention in Seattle, Washington, I was both honored and humbled to represent TIRF when the Foundation received the TESOL Presidents’ Award. This award is given each year to an individual or an organization chosen by the three TESOL Presidents (outgoing, current, and incoming). The award is meant to recognize people or groups who have demonstrated a commitment to English-language instruction, helped TESOL further its mission, and supported education in general.
     Having been the TESOL President from 1998 to 1999, I know firsthand ... [continue reading]

TIRF Today is edited by Ryan Damerow, Chief Operating Officer, TIRF.
TIRF TODAY - Volume 8, Issue 3

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