Visiting Professor for Fall 2022 Professor Yilin Sun

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Visiting Professor for Fall 2022 Professor Yilin Sun

Professor Yilin Sun
Professor Yilin Sun
Dr. Yilin Sun is a tenured professor at the Seattle Colleges in Seattle, WA, U.S.A. She has served the field of TESOL for over 38 years as a classroom teacher, program leader, teacher educator, and researcher with many higher education institutions in China, Macau, Canada, and the USA. Dr. Sun is a former president of the TESOL International Association (2013-2016) and president of Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages (WAESOL) in 2003 and 2007.  Dr. Sun was the founding president of Macau Association for Applied Linguistics (MAAL, 2016-2018). She is also serving as Chief Editor of the series Foreign Language Teacher Education and Development: Selected Works of Renowned TESOL Experts published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press. 

As a dedicated English Language Specialist, Dr. Sun has provided training workshops in many countries including Russia, Cambodia, Laos, China, Peru and Thailand. In 2021, 30@30 Celebration of The English Language Specialist Program of U.S. Department of State recognized Yilin as one of a select group of thirty specialists who have made a lasting impact on the specialist program and on the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) field since 1991. Over the years, Dr. Sun has given numerous keynote/plenary and featured presentations at international professional conferences.  She has authored and co-authored books, book chapters, and journal articles. Her research interests include curriculum development, program assessment and evaluation, L2 reading, vocabulary learning, critical thinking, classroom-based action research, teacher education, ESP/EAP, Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), Project-based Learning, and Bilingual/Multilingual English-speaking Teachers in the ELT field.
Selected Publications
  • Editor/author (in progress) Personal Learning Environments in Higher Education- Promoting Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learner Autonomy. New York: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group. (to be published in 2023)
  • Series Editor/author (2016-2019), Selected Works of Renowned TESOL Experts “外语教师教育与发展国际权威”Foreign Language Teacher Education and Development. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
  •   ○Critical Approaches to English Language Teaching – Alastair Pennycook (2017)
  •   ○Description of Instruction of Lexis and Grammar:Research studies and teaching practices guided by contemporary linguistics theories – Dilin Liu (2017)
  •   ○TESOL in a Changing World: The challenge of teacher education- H. Douglas Brown (2017)
  •   ○Second Language Development: Ever Expending- Diane Larsen Freeman (2020)
  •   ○Writing for Research Purposes: Theory and Practice – Brian Paltridge (2019)
  •   ○Culture, Identity, and Power in ELT:Toward cultural reciprocity in transactional language and literacy education- Guofang Li (2019)
  •   ○World Englishes- Research and Practice – Andy Kirtpatrick (2020)
  •   ○On Language Variation and Non-Native Speakers of English in TESOL:Selected works of Ahmar Mahboob (in progress)
  •   ○Developing Teachers as Leaders - Yilin Sun (in progress)
  •   ○Second Language Writing:History, Identity, Pedagogy and Professional Development - Paul Kei Matsuda (in print)
  •   ○Culture, Race, ad Identity in Second Language Education - Ryuko Kubota (2021)
  •   ○Second language Reading Development – Lawrence Jun Zhang (in progress)
  • Co-editor with Kubota, R. (2012). Demystifying career after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing. 2012.
  • Voices from the ETA World: A Critical Casebook for Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (2015). Taipei: Foundation for Scholarly Exchange Fulbright Taiwan. ISBN: 978-986-92307-0-4

Book Chapters
  • Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: Journey to a Better Future for ELT21st Century ELT Field.(2021). Reconceptualizing English Language Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century. Taipei: Crane Publishing Company Ltd.
  • “Peer Assessment” in The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (2017). Wiley, in partnership with TESOL International Association.
  • “Critical Ethnography as Action Research- Untold Success Stories of ESOL Students of Color at An Urban College.” In K. Kuji-Shikatani, M. Narushima (2013. Eds) A Celebration of Qualitative Research: A Festschrift for Dr. Barbara Burnaby. Lulu Press
  • “Providing Leadership Support and Access Professional Development at the Community College: A Focus on Leaders.” In J. Carmona (ed) Language Teaching and Learning in ESL Education: Current Issues, Collaborations and Practice. Kona Publishing and Media Group. 2010.
  • “Successes and Challenges in Achieving Equitable Working Conditions for ESL Professionals in Washington State” in Perspectives on Community College ESL Series: Vol 3: Faculty, Administration and the Working Environment, TESOL Publication: 2008. (p. 157-168)
  • “Methodological Issues in the Study of Second Language Reading Processes” in Reading in the University: First, Second Language Foreign Languages, edited by Taillefer, G., and A.K. Pugh (1997). Toulouse: France.
  • "Word Recognition in Second Language Reading" Co-authored with F.Chitiri, D.Willows & I.Taylor in R.J.Harris (Ed.) Cognitive Processing in Bilingual, Amsterdam: North-Holland Elsevier Science Publishers. 1992, pp. 283-98.
  • "Reading and Writing in Chinese,” in J. Scane, (ed), Heritage Language Teachers, 1992.

Selected Refereed Journal Articles:
  • Investigating the impact of increased student feedback literacy level on their expectations on university teachers’ feedback, Wei wei, Sun, Yilin and Xiaoshu Xu (2020). Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Nov. 2020
  • A Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Framework for ESP Teachers in Tertiary Education in China. Xu, Xiaoshu and Sun, Yilin (2018). The Asian ESP Journal, Vol 15, Issue 3.
  • Building Bridges- English Teaching in the Glocalized World. (2017). Journal of World Education, Vol 30, Issue 7 (2017) 年, 第 7 期 (第 30 卷 总第 415 期, General No. 415). Ministry of Education, P.R. China, ISSN 1672-3937.
  • Building Bridges, Crossing Boarders: Journey to A Better Future for TESOL (2016). Vol. 1(2)
  ○7 Magic Steps Toward Developing Teachers as Leaders
  ○8 Major Trends in the Global ELT Field
  ○A New Way of Looking at Teacher Evaluation
  ○Living VenTESOL’s Spirit!
  ○Greetings From Yilin and Important Initiatives From TESOL

Selected Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings:
  • “Teachers as Researchers in the 21st Century ELT Field: Navigating the Journey Through Case Studies.” In Proceedings Selected Papers from 2019 PAC/the Twentieth International Symposium on English Teaching. Nov. 2019. “Support and Access Professional Development – A Focus on Leaders.” in Proceedings Selected Papers from 2018 Ko-TESOL Conference.
  • “Support and Access Professional Development – A Focus on Leaders.” in Proceedings Selected Papers from 2014 PAC/the Twentieth International Symposium on English Teaching. Nov. 2014.
  • “Trends, Challenges, and Strategies for Non-Native Speaking TESOL Educators in the Global ELT Field” in Proceedings Selected Papers from 2011 PAC/the Twentieth International Symposium on English Teaching. Nov. 2011.
  • “Action! Fun with EFL/ESL Teaching and Learning.” in Proceedings 1st International and 5th National Conference of Teachers of English of the Czech Republic. Sept. 1998.
  • “Cheese or Tofu: EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Language Planning in P.R.China” in Proceedings of International Congress of Educational Philosophy. Madrid: National University of Distance Education, 1993.
  • "An EFL Needs Assessment: Chinese Students Studying at a Canadian University" in Selected Conference Proceedings: Realizing the Dream. 1987 (eds. by Jeanette, D. Macero, B. Agor & N.Tumposky) Buffalo: New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, pp. 69- 86.

Selected Technical Reports:
  • Macau-wide Joint Admission Examination 2017 Report. JAE Committee, Macau Government GAES, 高等教育辅助办公室 May, 2017, 
  • Training Needs for Fulbright English Teaching Assistants. Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, 2012
  • Standards, Equity and Advocacy: Challenges and Issues that Adult ESOL Educators Face in the 21st Century Preliminary Survey Results of ESOL Teachers in Adult Basic Education and Literacy Systems –TESOL- sponsored Special Project report, 2006
  • Inquiry Project for Students Success- Special Report for Office of Adult Literacy, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, 2005
  • Critical Ethnography as Action Research- Untold Success Stories of Students of Color at an Urban College- Special Project Report for the Provosts’ Diversity Initiatives and Transfer Transitions: Academic Success of Students of Color. 2003