Press Release (February 20, 2014)

Education Lecture: Non-Native Speakers Empowered to Teach English as an International Language

Fairfax, VA – February 20, 2014

Virginia International University (VIU)’s School of Education is excited to announce the March event in our Voices from the Fieldspeaker series. All are welcome to attend. Please join us for an eye-opening and inspiring talk entitled: Non-Native Speakers Empowered to Teach English as an International Language.

  • DATE: Thursday, March 6, 2014
  • TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Waples Mill Conference Room, 11200 Waples Mill Road, #360, Fairfax, VA  22030

Our guest speaker, Bedrettin 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 & Culture program at the University of Maryland, College Park, Mr. Yazan is conducting his dissertation research on pre-service ESL teachers’ construction of their professional identities. He has recently co-authored a book titled 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, educational equity, and curriculum reform.

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

To learn 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!