Posted on: February 25, 2014

VFF: “Glocalized” English Presentation

VFF: “Glocalized” English Presentation

For the March event in its Voices from the Field speaker series, VIU’s School of Education is excited to host a presentation on empowering non-native speakers to teach English as an international language.

The honored guest speaker, Bedrettin Yazan, will be giving a talk entitled “Glocalized English Language Teaching in a Globalized World.

DATE: Thursday, March 6, 2014
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
LOCATION: Waples Mill Conference Room (11200 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA)

The presentation will focus on:

• English as a global and international phenomenon with local impacts
• New pedagogical approaches to educate culturally and linguistically competent English users
• The reconceptualization of English language teacher education practices
• The contribution of non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) to glocalized English teaching
• Shifts toward a professional milieu embracing cultural and linguistic diversity

Mr. Yazan is currently serving as President of the Non-Native English-Speaking Teachers (NNEST) Caucus for WATESOL, the Washington, DC Area TESOL organization.

As a doctoral candidate in the Second Language Education and Culture Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, he is conducting his dissertation research on pre-service ESL teachers’ construction of their professional identities. He has recently co-authored a book entitled Teaching English as an International Language (with Dr. Ali Fuad Selvi, published in 2013 by TESOL Press) and has published research on a variety of themes, including worldviews surrounding “native-speakerism” and English as a lingua franca, accentedness and intelligibility language learning, philosophical orientations of language acquisition research, learners’ motivations, language teachers’ identities, education equity, and curriculum reform.

This event is open to all VIU students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community.

To leanr more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Mr. Kevin Martin at, follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU, or visit the School of Education’s website at