Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Leo van Lier


Before joining The Middlebury Institute of International Studies in 1986 I taught at the University of Northern Iowa and in Britain, Peru, Mexico, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. Currently I am Professor (Educational Linguistics) in the Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation and Language Education at MIIS. Over the years I have been visiting Professor at several universities, including Thames Valley University in London, The University of Lleida, Spain, The University of Auckland in New Zealand, and The University of Vienna.

I am the author of several books, including Scaffolding the academic success of adolescent English language learners (2010, with Aída Walqui);  The ecology and semiotics of language learning (2004); Interaction in the language curriculum (1996); Introducing language awareness (1995); and The classroom and the language learner (196). I have published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, The English Language Teaching Journal, Language Awareness, Le Français dans le Monde, Signos, and Applied Language Learning.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Modern Language Journal (since 2007) and am on the editorial boards of a number of different journals. I am co-editor (With Francis Hult) of the book series Educational Linguistics for Springer Publishers.


Educational linguistics, second language acquisition, pedagogical grammar, computer-assisted instruction, discourse analysis, bilingual education


PhD, Linguistics; MA, Linguistics for Language Teaching, University of Lancaster, England

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