ESOL Professor publishes encyclopedia of English language teaching
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2018) - College of Education professor John Liontas, PhD, has published an eight volume encyclopedia that focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of English language instruction.
The "TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching," a publication created through Liontas’ work with the TESOL International Association, explores the theoretical and practical aspects of English language instruction by providing an essential, go-to reference resource for educators, professionals, researchers, and students world-wide. The Encyclopedia contains more than 750 entries written by leading practitioners and scholars from around the globe.
As editor of the Encyclopedia, Liontas said the creation of the collection took place over the course of six years, and it is the first ever such publication for the TESOL International Association since its founding in 1966. The hope for publishing this reference, Liontas said, is for it to serve a “go-to reference resource” for English language teaching professionals everywhere.
“The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching addresses the needs of an interdisciplinary, worldwide audience of scholars, professionals, and graduate students at all levels,” Liontas said. “My hope remains that all those needing scholarly, authoritative information about the field of English language teaching will find in the encyclopedia’s collective framework of eight volumes, fourteen themes, and 5,824 pages, a balanced diet of theory and research-based perspectives on significant topics of scholarly inquiry that can apprise and enrich discussion of the most pressing issues in the field for decades to come.”
Dr. Liontas is an associate professor of ESOL and director and doctoral faculty of TESLA (Technology in Education and Second Language Acquisition) in the USF College of Education. He holds a doctorate in second language acquisition and teaching and is a distinguished thought leader, author, and practitioner in the fields of applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Dr. Liontas is also the recipient of more than two dozen local, state, regional, national and international teaching awards and honors.
The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching is now available both in print and online from Wiley Blackwell.