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.

Leo van Lier Memorial

Leo van Lier

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Paying tribute to Professor Leo van Lier—teacher, mentor, researcher, and friend--was the focus of a fundraiser held February 4 on the MIIS campus. The event, which was planned by Professor Kathi Bailey, brought together friends, alumni, colleagues and current students to celebrate Leo’s impact on the field of applied and educational linguistics and language education. A prolific scholar and writer, Leo is perhaps best known for bringing the concept of ecology into applied linguistics.

The afternoon program featured live music, video and live testimonies, and a slide show highlighting Leo’s professional and personal accomplishments. Stories told by several former students and colleagues painted a colorful picture of Leo the “rock star,” who was passionate about teaching and dedicated to his research. He was a true intellectual, droll, always respectful and open to other viewpoints. Leo, who started at the Institute in the late 80s, passed away in December 2012.

With almost 100 donations received to date, the event raised nearly $7,000 for the Leo van Lier Lecture Series, which brings pre-eminent scholars in the field of applied and educational linguistics to campus to share their work with faculty and graduate students. View the photo album of this wonderful event.

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The Leo van Lier Lecture Series

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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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

Patsy Egan Vinogradov

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.

Jonathan Rosa

Jonathan Rosa

Assistant Professor
Education, Anthropology, and Linguistics
Stanford University

Toward a Raciolinguistic Approach to Language, Identity, and Inequality

The relationship between racial and linguistic hierarchies has powerful implications across a range of societal domains, including education, criminal justice, migration, citizenship, labor, and popular representations. This presentation draws on ethnographic and theoretical insights to propose a raciolinguistic approach that seeks to connect a reconceptualization of language, learning, and identity formation to broader efforts toward combatting widespread structural inequalities through the imagination and enactment of an alternative politics of inclusion.


Carolin Fuchs

Carolin Fuchs

Assistant Professor
City University of Hong Kong

“Soy estudiante de ingles” - Of Tools and Tasks in Telecollaboration 2.0

Prior research in the field of language education suggests that online interactions can provide opportunities for formal and informal language and intercultural learning. One such instructional model is telecollaboration, which promotes interactions in networked classrooms by taking advantage of flipped and blended formats. Since its beginning in the mid-80s, telecollaboration has shifted from tandem and keypal exchanges to multimodality and multiliteracies via Web 2.0 tools and social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Whatsapp). This talk draws on examples from empirical studies to illustrate how technology tools and task design have evolved against the backdrop of different socio-institutional affordances and constraints.


2015 Speakers

Kim Potowski

Associate Professor
Spanish Linguistics

University of Illinois at Chicago

Teaching Heritage Speakers: Pedagogical and Administrative Considerations

Patsy Duff

Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Academic Language and Literacy Socialization for English Language Learners

Eileen Glisan

Spanish and Foreign Language Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Crossing the Border: Helping Students Reach Advanced-Level Proficiency




Previous Speakers

Suresh Canagarajah

Suresh Canagarajah

Applied Linguistics & English
Pennsylvania State University

Towards Pedagogies of Translingual Practice

Aida Walqui-Van Lier

Aida Walqui Van Lier

Teacher Professional Development Program

Redesigning the K-12 TESOL Profession

Elana Shohamy

Elana Shohamy

Language Education
School of Education

Tel Aviv University

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

Adrian Wurr

Adrian Wurr

Assistant Dean
Academic English Programs
University of Tulsa

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

George Bunch

George Bunch

Associate Professor

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

University of Wollongong

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

Language and Literacy Education

University of British Columbia

The Practice of Theory in the Language Classroom

Maricel Santos

Assistant Professor

San Francisco State University

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

Eve Zyzik

Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz

Focus on Form and Authentic Texts: A Compatibility Check

Marc Kaiser

Associate Director
Berkeley Language Center
Lecturer in Russian
UC Berkeley

Integrating Film Clips into the Foreign Language Curriculum

B. Kumaravadivelu

Applied Linguistics and TESOL

San Jose State University, CA

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