Speakers

Yilin Sun




Yilin Sun


Yilin Sun, PhD, is a tenured professor directing Faculty Development programs at the Seattle Colleges (USA). She served as Director of the English Language Center at the University of Macau (2016-17). Dr. Sun received her Ph.D. in applied linguistics/curriculum and instruction from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto (Canada). She is a former president of TESOL International Association (2014-15) and president of MAAL (Macau Assn. for Applied Linguistics). Dr. Sun has over 30 years of experience in the field of TESOL as a MA-TESL teacher trainer, a researcher, a classroom teacher, and a program leader with a variety of higher educational institutions in China, Macau, Canada and U.S.A. Dr. Sun is the author and co-author of books, book chapters, and research papers in refereed professional journals. She also serves as Chief Editor for the new series, Foreign Language Teacher Education and Development--Selected Works of Renowned TESOL Experts published by Shanghai Academic Publishing Center for Foreign Language Education, Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. Over the years, Dr. Sun has frequently been invited to give keynote, plenary and featured speeches at national and international conferences.

Email: yilinsuntesol@gmail.com // yilin.sun@seattlecolleges.edu


ABSTRACT
Expanding Glocal Synergies and Building Skills for the 21st Century Learning and Beyond

As a result of the “glocalization” in the ELT field, and with the English language becoming a global lingua franca (ELF), the ELT professionals need to expand our synergies across disciplines and continue building skills for 21st century and beyond, so we can overcome challenges and foster multilingual ambiences in the competitive global ELT field. In this plenary session, the speaker will address the following questions: What are the skills for the 21st century and beyond? How can we implement them to achieve academic rigor in our classroom? What can educators do to expand networks and overcome challenges? The speaker will also share practical strategies that participants can use in their classroom and in their professional development as leaders and social change agents.