Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The annual Leo van Lier Lecture Series was established in 2013 to honor the memory of long-time Institute professor, Leo van Lier, who passed away on December 23, 2012.

Remembering TESOL/TFL Professor Leo van Lier

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The Leo van Lier Lecture Series brings pre-eminent scholars in the fields of applied and educational linguistics to campus each year to address faculty and graduate students regarding current topics and issues in applied and educational linguistics and in language education.

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2016 Speakers

Roy Lyster

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Professor of Second Language Education

McGill University

Proactive and reactive approaches to integrating language and content


This talk will address some of the pedagogical challenges and propose solutions by exploring a counterbalanced approach that integrates both form-focused and content-based instruction as complementary ways of promoting continued second language growth. This talk will illustrate how counterbalanced instruction serves to shift learners’ attention between language and content in ways that increase depth of processing.

Patsy Egan Vinogradov

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Director of Adult Basic Education Teaching & Learning Advancement System

Parking Lots & Intersections: Paving the Way for What’s Next for our Adult ESL Learners



Adult ESL learners are working toward specific goals, whether postsecondary options, career training, a better job, or deeper connections with their communities. In a field now emphasizing college and career readiness more than ever, what does this mean for adult ESL teachers at all levels? A 'transitions lens' can help us see our place in our students' trajectories and innovative partnerships can enhance adult ESL classrooms into ever more meaningful, productive spaces. Join this workshop to explore how adult education is shifting toward more rigorous, integrated, and effective language instruction.


2015 Speakers

Kim Potowski

Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Considerations


Eileen Glisan

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Crossing the Border: Helping Students Reach Advanced-Level Proficiency


Patsy Duff

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University of British Columbia

Academic Language and Literacy Socialization for English Language Learners


Previous Speakers

Suresh Canagarajah

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Professor of Applied Linguistics & English
Pennsylvania State University

Towards Pedagogies of Translingual Practice

Aida Walqui-Van Lier

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Teacher Professional Development Program

Redesigning the K-12 TESOL Profession

Elana Shohamy

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Professor of Language Education
School of Education

Tel Aviv University

Linguistic Landscape: A lens for documenting, analyzing, and critically interpreting societies

Adrian Wurr

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Assistant Dean
Academic English Programs
University of Tulsa

Service-Learning in Language Learning Contexts: From Classroom to Community, Theory to Practice

George Bunch

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Associate Professor of Education
University of California
Santa Cruz

Pedagogical Language Knowledge: Preparing Teachers for English Learners in the New Common Standards Era

Lourdes Ortega

Department of Linguistics
Georgetown University

How Useful is Instructed SLA Research for Teachers, and What Does Epistemological Diversity Have to Do with It?

Bev Derewianka

Director of TESOL
University of Wollongong, Australia

Getting Personal: Using language to engage with readers to express feelings, persuade others to our point of view, judge peoples' behavior, and moderate our expression of attitude

Shirley Brice Heath

Brown University
Stanford University

Moving the Human Eye and Mind: Visual, Musical, and Literary Arts in Grounding Cognition

Bonnie Norton

Professor of Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia, Canada

The Practice of Theory in the Language Classroom

Maricel Santos

Assistant Professor of English
San Francisco State University

In Search of a Common Vocabulary: Strengthening Partnerships in Health Literacy for Improved Immigrant Health

Eve Zyzik

Associate Professor of Spanish
University of California, Santa Cruz

Focus on Form and Authentic Texts: A Compatibility Check

Marc Kaiser

Associate Director of the Berkeley Language Center and Lecturer in Russian at UC Berkeley

Integrating Film Clips into the Foreign Language Curriculum

B. Kumaravadivelu

Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL
San Jose State University, California

Individual Identity in the Age of Cultural Globalization

Steven L. Thorne


Department of World Languages and Literatures                    

Portland State University

Department of Applied Linguistics

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Aligning cultural-historical, ecological, and distributed approaches to L2 development