Title: Major Trends Issues and Responsibilities of Teacher Educators in the Changing Global ELT Field
Yilin Sun, Ph.D.
English Language Specialist, US Department of State
South Seattle College, Seattle, USA
TESOL International Association
For中小学外语教师专业发展: 发展与创新, 全国外语教师教育与发展专题研讨会
Chengdu Normal University
Abstract: This plenary session will focus on recent major developments in the English language teaching (ELT) and ELT teacher education field. Based on her background as a non-native English speaking ELT professional and her cross-cultural teaching and research experience in China, Canada and the United States, the presenter will address major trends in the ELT teacher education field and professional development . She will also discuss teaching and learning strategies for Non-Native English Speaking TESOL educators as well as the roles and responsibilities of ELT teacher education professionals in our changing global society.
President, TESOL International Association, www.tesol.org
Yilin Sun, Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics/Curriculum & Instruction, University of Toronto, Canada, is President of TESOL International Association. www.tesol.org. She is the first Non-native English Speaking Chinese female to serve in this position in the TESOL-International Association’s history. Yilin served on the Board of Directors of TESOL-International from 2008 to 2011; Chair of the Affiliate Leadership Council of TESOL in 2007 and President of Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages (WAESOL) in 2003 and 2007.
In 2011-2012, Dr. Sun worked as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan coordinating the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Education Program and teaching TESOL graduate courses as a Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University. She is a tenured professor at Seattle Colleges in Seattle, USA, who has over 28 years of experience in the field of TESOL as a MA-TESL teacher trainer, a researcher, a classroom teacher, and a program leader with a variety of higher educational institutions in China, Canada and U.S.A. Dr. Sun is also an English Language Specialist for the US Department of State and has provided teacher training workshops in many countries including China, Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Peru, Russia and Thailand.
She is the author of books, book chapters and research papers in refereed professional journals including TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal. She has also presented widely at national and international conferences. Her research interests include curriculum development, program assessment and evaluation, L2 reading, vocabulary learning, classroom-based action research, teacher education, adult education, teaching English to young learners, World Englishes, ESP and non-native English speaking teachers (NNEST) in the ELT field.