Dr Yilin Sun is a tenured professor and directs faculty development programs at the Seattle Colleges in Seattle, WA, USA. She has served the field of TESOL for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, program leader, teacher educator, and researcher with many higher education institutions in China, Macau, Canada, and the USA. She received her PhD in Applied Linguistics/Curriculum & Instruction from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada. Dr Sun is a former president of the TESOL International Association (2013-2016). This is the first time in TESOL’s 50 years history that an Asian nonnative English-speaking female ELT professional served as president of TESOL. She also severed as the founding president of Macau Association for Applied Linguistics (MAAL, 2016-2018). In 2011-2012, Dr. Sun worked as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan. She has authored and coauthored books, book chapters, and journal articles. She is also serving as Chief Editor of Foreign Language Teacher Education and Development: Selected Works of Renowned TESOL Experts published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. Over the years, Dr Sun has given numerous keynote/plenary presentations at international professional conferences.
Developing Glocal Synergies and Skills for the 21st Century Language Education
As a result of the “glocalization” of English language education and the emergence of English as an international language (EIL), there is a growing need to synergize language teaching across disciplines. To accomplish this goal, it is important to develop 21st century skills of learners in order to overcome the 21st century challenges within a multilingual/multicultural and competitive global world. Therefore, English language education programs need to readdress some fundamental questions: What skills are needed in the 21st century global world? How can classroom teaching equip learners with these skills? And, what can educators do to overcome local challenges? The speaker will also offer practical strategies for language educators to implement in the classroom and to utilize in their professional development as proactive agents of social change.