Thursday, October 19, 2017

AAAL Ethics Guidelines

New AAAL Ethics Guidelines are now available. You can read it here.

TESOL Elections

I voted for the next TESOL team today. It was wonderful to see so many qualified and committed candidates. Go TESOL!

Monday, March 20, 2017

AAAL positionality statement

Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you, we have observed the unfolding events with regard to President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order regarding entry to the United States with trepidation and concern. The order raises immediate and legitimate fears and concerns in relation to issues of immigration, refugees, human rights, and religious discrimination.

The goal of AAAL is to facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding regarding language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society, this with a view to enhancing the welfare of individuals and the quality of social life. As such, we stand by all members of the applied linguistics community, without regard to national origin, religion, or race. The Executive Order is fundamentally antithetical to the values and goals of the organization.

As an organization, we are concerned about the chilling and discriminatory effect of the President’s move not only on our students and colleagues in the United States, but on members of the applied linguistics community worldwide, all of whom are welcome in the AAAL community. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment in order to best support the advancement of our goal.

For the rest of the document you can check this link

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016


And I'm back after a long break. I defended my dissertation around a month ago and it was a great experience. It is hard to believe that I'm not an ABD anymore (what a relief!) but I'm officially a PhD survivor. A period of my life is over and now I'm ready to move on to a new chapter. Wish me luck!

The abstract of my dissertation is below. Although I deposited my dissertation it might take a while for you to access the dissertation.

Using autoethnographic and narrative inquiry, this dissertation investigates the identity

and literacy development of an international graduate student in the US. The research

questions explored in this study are 1) What kind of identity work does becoming an

international graduate student entail? 2) What are the academic literacy practices of an

international graduate student? and 3) How do the identities and literacy practices of an

international graduate student change contextually and over time? The findings illustrated

that the identities and literacy practices in graduate school were multiple, heterogeneous,

dialogic, situated, and dynamic. The findings indicated that the development of both

identities and literacy practices in graduate school requires a considerable amount of

interaction with others—people and texts—and that these interactions are the primary

factor underlying disciplinary socialization. The findings showed that subjective

evaluations about these interactions could fundamentally shape academic socialization.

The study also points out the significance and necessity of studying academic

socialization from particular emic perspectives of individuals.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Although I did not have time to read all of the entries, this compilation is very interesting. Are you ready to part ways with concepts such as culture, innateness, reality, universal grammar, scientific progress, competence, right/left brain, input/output model, associationism, and many more. What do you think? 


Friday, December 20, 2013

On empathy

My interest in empathy is mostly related to my curiosity about the relationship between emotions and language learning and due to the link between narratives and empathy. Recently I saw two different points of view on empathy and wanted to share them with you. They gave me a lot to think about.
The first one is psychologist Paul Bloom's article on the matter in New Yorker (you can read here) and the second one is Jeremy Rifkin's talk, accompanied by RSA Animate's animation. If you want to listen the whole talk you can watch it here

2014 SLA graduate student symposium

"Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting"

The SLA graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa have formed a partnership to host an annual SLA Graduate Student Symposium. Organizing and hosting the conference alternates between the universities. Graduate students in SLA and related disciplines present their work and meet distinguished researchers in their field.
The theme of the 2014 symposium is Crossing Borders: Engaging and Connecting and will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on April 11th and 12th, 2014The organizing committee is honored to welcome Lourdes Ortega from Georgetown University and Judith Liskin-Gasparro from the University of Iowa as this year's plenary speakers. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Here is the link to the call for proposals.

TESOL's Electornic Village Online

Check this out!

TESOL's Electronic Village Online

For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by land-based professional development conventions and allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

Sessions are free and open to anyone around the globe. It is not necessary to attend the TESOL Convention in order to participate. All you need is access to the Internet. Choose a session from this year's offerings, listed below.  And please inform your colleagues about this unparalleled professional development opportunity!

Nina Liakos
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team