Keynote Speaker 2017


John I. Liontas, Ph.D.


Keynote speech 3rd July: Making a Mountain out of ESP: Unearthing Idiomaticity Buried Beneath the Surface


Teacher training 4th-7th July: Becoming an ESP Professional: Secrets of the Profession Finally Revealed!
John I. Liontas, Ph.D., is an associate professor of foreign languages, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), and technology in education and second language acquisition (TESLA), and director and faculty of the TESLA doctoral program at the University of South Florida. He has over 30 years of K-20+ teaching experience and research in the United States and other countries, has held several academic faculty and administrative positions in higher education, and has taught a wide range of language and academic content courses. He has also directed, coordinated, and administered language and academic programs at various US institutions and sits on several local, state, regional, national, and international academic bodies as director, managing editor, chair, reviewer, evaluator, or appointed/elected member. He is an active member of several (inter)national learned societies and has participated as PI and Co-PI on several multimillion dollar funded projects.

Dr. Liontas is a distinguished thought leader, author, and practitioner in the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and ESL/EFL and the recipient of over two dozen local, state, regional, national, and international teaching awards and honors. He has delivered several keynote addresses/plenaries and conducted well over 300 presentations, lectures, and workshops at local, state, regional, and (inter)national conferences around the world, and has published textbooks and articles in the area of curriculum design and development, on writing and reading, on idiomaticity, on technology-based language instruction, and on interactive games and game approaches. He has a longstanding interest in idiomaticity and in its application in the second and foreign language classroom. He is presently involved in the design and production of a multimedia computer software program for learning English idioms called It’s All Greek to Me! Learning English Idioms in Context. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (publishing Winter 2017 Online and as a 8 Volume Print Set, http://www.tesolencyclopedia.com).
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Keynote Address
Teacher Training
TESOL Encyclopedia abstract 
The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching
TESOL Final Print

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