Virtual TESOL Graduate Student Forum

Tuesday, 23 March 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time

Presentations from Doctoral and Masters students will be taking place live via zoom concurrently in the morning and afternoon and arranged by themes.


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Dr. Azar Tajabadi

Dr. Azar Tajabadi is a recent doctorate graduate in Teaching English from Arak University, Iran. She is a part-time lecturer at Arak and Mofid Universities where she teaches language skills, assessment, and research courses. Her research interests are corrective feedback, learners’ interactions, and teaching approaches. She is the recipient of the TESOL 2021 Distinguished Research Award for her paper published in Language Teaching Research journal and she will be speaking about how teaching supports and informs your research and vice versa and how research and practice directly inform each other and the larger research community.


Tune into TESOL’s 2021 Distinguished Research Award Recipient Dr. Tajabadi’s keynote via Zoom on Tuesday, 23 March from 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. U.S. ET. Meeting ID: 910 9956 3781 Passcode: 439555


At the Forum, you will also hear from a group of experts discussing “Thriving, Not Just Surviving: Advice for Graduate Students Entering Academia.” In this panel, early career faculty share insights and answer questions about on the research process, teaching, and service. Given these unprecedented times and often difficult transition from graduate student to early career faculty, panelists will offer their advice to encourage the audience to reflect on the “why” in their scholarship.


Tune into this dynamic panel via Zoom on Tuesday, 23 March from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. U.S. ET. Meeting ID: 956 8157 1236 Passcode: 363204



Bedrettin Yazan

Bedrettin Yazan is associate professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He serves teacher candidates at undergraduate and graduate levels and works with doctoral students in Culture, Literacy, and Language program. His research focuses on language teacher learning and identity, collaboration between ESL and content teachers, language policy and planning, and World Englishes. Methodologically he is interested in critical autoethnography, narrative inquiry, and qualitative case study. His recent edited volume (with Suresh Canagarajah and Rashi Jain) is Autoethnographies in ELT: Transnational identities, pedagogies, and practices.

Zhongfeng Tian

Zhongfeng Tian is an Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. Theoretically grounded in translanguaging, his research centers on working with classroom teachers to provide bi/multilingual students with equitable and inclusive learning environment in ESL and dual language immersion contexts, and preparing culturally and linguistically competent teachers with social justice orientations. He has published articles in TESOL Quarterly, System, Applied Linguistics Review, and Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts. He is also the co-editor of two books: “Envisioning TESOL through a Translanguaging Lens: Global Perspectives” (Springer, 2020) and “English-Medium Instruction and Translanguaging” (Multilingual Matters, 2021).


Sara P Alvarez
Sara P. Alvarez is Assistant Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY). Her qualitative research focuses on the multilingual and academic writing practices of self-outed U.S. undocumented young adults. Sara is also Associate Investigator with CUNY's, first of its kind, Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE-IIE), learning with and from the K-12 lived experiences of immigrant-generation students and their communities in the state of New York. Sara's past research ethnographically examined the multilingual social media literacy practices among second-generation Latinx youth and their transnational families in Kentucky. Her publications have appeared in the journals Equity and Excellence in Education, World Englishes, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, among others.



Dr. Angelica Galante
Dr. Angelica Galante is an Assistant Professor in Second Language Education at McGill University, in Montréal, Canada. She has an extensive career as an ESL teacher, teacher educator, pedagogical consultant and curriculum designer. Her research interests include drama in language learning, multimodality, plurilingual and pluricultural competence and teacher-research collaborations. At McGill, she is Director of the Plurilingual Lab, where she collaborates with researchers and graduate students in studies, pedagogical initiatives and knowledge mobilization. 



Registration Information

Registration is complimentary! Limited capacity of 250 registrants! 

You do not have to register for the full TESOL convention to attend ​the forum, but you do have to register for ​the forum through the convention registration form.​ You can register for it on the convention registration link. 

If you already registered for TESOL 2021 convention, you can modify your registration and add the graduate student forum to your registration. You will find the link to modify your registration on the confirmation email.