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TESOL and ETS Name 2016 Recipient of Award for Distinguished Research

by Valerie Borchelt | 03/10/2016

NEWS For Immediate Release

Alexandria, VA (9 March 2016)TESOL International Association and Educational Testing Service (ETS), the creator of the TOEFL® Program, are pleased to name Bonny Norton and Ron Darvin as co-recipients of the 2016 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. Norton and Darvin are being honored for their paper “Identity and a Model of Investment in Applied Linguistics,” published in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. They will be recognized at the opening keynote session of the 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, 5-8 April in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Bonny Norton is a professor and distinguished university scholar in the department of language and literacy education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Many of her key ideas are found in the second edition of Identity and Language Learning, published in 2013 by Multilingual Matters. A Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she was the inaugural recipient of the Senior Research Leadership Award of AERA’s Second Language Research Special Interest Group.
Ron Darvin is a doctoral candidate and Vanier Scholar at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on digital literacy and equity, learner investment, and social class. Together with Bonny Norton, he has published in TESOL Quarterly, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

The winning paper is based on the sociological construct of investment as it relates to identity and language learning. In a joint statement, Darvin and Norton explain, “Given our increasingly digital and mobile world, we have developed an expanded model of investment, locating it at the intersection of identity, capital, and ideology. Drawing on research in contrasting regions of the world, the paper illustrates the ways in which the model might prove analytically useful as learners and teachers negotiate increasingly invisible relations of power in the 21st century.”

The winner of the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research receives US$1,000; a free one-year membership in TESOL International Association; a one-year subscription to TESOL Quarterly; and registration, travel, and accommodations for the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. The award recipient also delivers a presentation on the winning research at the TESOL convention.

About TESOL International Association 
Founded in 1966, TESOL International Association is a professional community of educators, researchers, administrators, and students committed to advancing excellence in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide. With more than 12,000 members representing over 150 countries, TESOL fosters the exchange of ideas, research, and peer-to-peer knowledge, and provides expertise, resources, and a powerful voice on issues affecting the profession. Through professional development programs, its international conference, special interest groups, and publications, TESOL engages tens of thousands of professionals to collaborate globally and create a world of opportunity for millions of people of all ages who want to learn English. For more information, please visit

About ETS
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

About the TOEFL Test
The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 9,000 institutions in more than 130 countries including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL® Go Anywhere website at

TESOL Contact: Barry Pilson
ETS Contact: Allyson Norton