Curriculum Vitae


 Name: James Efstathios Alatis
 Birthplace: Weirton, West Virginia
 Birthdate: July 13, 1926
 Citizenship: American
 Marital Status: Married, three children
 Military Service: U.S. Navy Reserve, Pharmacist Mate, Third Class from December 1944 to June 1946
 Office Address: International Language Programs and Research
                           519 B Intercultural Center, Box 571045
                           Georgetown University
                           Washington, D.C.  20057-1045
  phone: (202) 687-5659
  fax: (202) 687-0699
 E-Mail: alatisj@georgetown.edu
 

 EDUCATION: B.A. in Political Science and English
  West Virginia University, 1948.  http://www.wvu.edu

M.A. in English Linguistics
The Ohio State University, 1953.
Phi Beta Kappa
Master's Thesis: “The Americanization of Greek Names.”

Ph.D. in English Linguistics
The Ohio State University, 1966.
Doctoral Dissertation: “The American-English Pronunciation of Greek Immigrants: A Study in Language Contact with Pedagogical Implications.”
 
 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

1994–present: Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  20057–1045, www.georgetown.edu

1994–present: Dean Emeritus, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  20057–1045

 1994–present: Sr. Advisor to the Dean of Georgetown College for International Language Programs and Research, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.  20057–1045

1987–present: Executive Director Emeritus, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

1973–1994: Dean, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 20057-1067

1975–1994: Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.20057-1067

1966–1987: Executive Director, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); offices located at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

1966–1973: Associate Dean, School of Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.20057

1966–1975: Associate Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek, School of Languages and Linguistics, Washington, D.C.20057

1966–1969: Consultant to ERIC Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1965–1966: Chief, Language Research Section, U.S. Office of Education, DHEW, Washington, D.C.

1961–1965: Specialist for Language Research, U.S. Office of Education, DHEW, Washington, D.C.

1959–1961: English Teaching and Testing Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

1959–1960: Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language (part-time), American University, Washington, D.C.

1957–1959: Assistant in English (part-time), Department of English, the Ohio State University

1955–1957: Fulbright Lecturer, Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language, University of Athens, Greece

1953–1955: Graduate Assistant in English (part-time), Department of English, the Ohio State University
 AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

Professional Associations:
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
Fulbright Alumni Association
International Association of World Englishes (IAWE)
Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Phi Beta Kappa
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
TESOL, Greece

Professional Positions:
Member, Advisory Committee, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Educational Testing Services (ETS). 1973–1975.
President, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the Council for Languages and Other International Studies (CLOIS) — now the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS). 1980–1988.
Member, English Teaching Advisory Council (ETAC), United States Information Agency  (USIA). 1985–1992.
Executive Director Emeritus, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and lifetime TESOL member. 1987–present.
Member, Board of Directors, JNCL and NCLIS. 1988–present.
Member, Administrative Steering Committee, JNCL and NCLIS. 1988–present.
Member, Board of Visitors, Defense Language Institute. 1990–present.
President, TESOL International Research Foundation.1999–present.
Member, Oversight Committee for the Greek Orthodox Archbishop’s Commission on Greek Language and Culture. 1999–present.

Editorial Positions:
Guest Editor, International Journal of the Sociology of Language: Aspects of Sociolinguistics in Greece, special issue. 1997.
Advisory Board, The Journal of Language for International Business. 1993–present.
Consulting Editor, World Englishes (Journal of English as an International and Intranational  Language). 1993–present.
Editor, Georgetown Journal of Languages and Linguistics. 1992–1995.
Editorial Board, English Today, The International Review of the English Language.

HONORARY RECOGNITION RECEIVED:
 Phi Beta Kappa, West Virginia University, 1948
 

Fellowships and Grants:
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship: Summer Linguistics Institute, University of Michigan, 1955.
Fulbright Grant to Greece, 1955–57
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1966–69

Awards:
Mary Glide Goethe Prize, American Name Society, 1954
Mikotaj Kopernik Award, Polish Embassy, 1974
Alcalde (Mayor) of the City of San Antonio, Texas, award for outstanding leadership in professionalizing the field of teaching English as a second language, 1984
Northeast Conference Award for Distinguished Service and Leadership, 1985
Georgetown University Vicennial Medal for University Service, 1986
National Association for Bilingual Education President’s Award
Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages (GWATFL) Distinguished Foreign Language Administrator Award, conferred for outstanding administrative performance and great professional contribution to the field of foreign-language education, 1987
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Political Science, West Virginia University, 1989
The Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program Recognition Award, in honor of twenty- three years of University service and dedication, 1990
Pioneer in Bilingual Education Award, National Association for Bilingual Education, 1991
President’s Medal, Georgetown University, 1994
Patrick Healy Award, G.U. Alumni Association, April 1995
President’s Award for Service, Joint National Committee for Languages and National Council for Languages and International Studies, April 1995

Other Recognition:
Directory of American Scholars
Who’s Who in American Education
National Register of Education Researchers
World Directory of Linguistics
Who’s Who in America
 

 PUBLICATIONS: Books and Monographs

Authored:
Quest for Quality: The First 21 Years of TESOL. Alexandria, VA:TESOL Publications, 1991.

Edited:
Contrastive Linguistics and Its Pedagogical Implications, Monograph Series on Languages and Linguistics #21 (Report on the 19th Annual Round Table). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1968.

Linguistics and the Teaching of Standard English to Speakers of Other Languages or Dialects, Monograph Series on Languages and Linguistics #22 (Report on the 20th Annual Round Table). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1969.

Bilingualism and Language Contact:Anthropological, Linguistic, Psychological and Sociological Aspects, Monograph Series on Languages and Linguistics #23 (Report on the 21st Round Table). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1970.

International Dimensions of Bilingual Education, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1978.Washington, D.C.:Georgetown University Press, 1978.

Current Issues in Bilingual Education, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1980. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1980.

Language Teaching, Testing, and Technology: Lessons from the Past with a View Toward the Future, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1989. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1989.

Linguistics, Language Teaching and Language Acquisition: The Interdependence of Theory, Practice and Research, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1990. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1991.

Linguistics and Language Pedagogy: The State of the Art, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1991. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1992.

Language, Communication, and Social Meaning, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1992. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1993.

Strategic Interaction and Language Acquisition:Theory, Practice, and Research, in honor of the late Robert J. Di Pietro, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1993. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1994.

Educational Linguistics, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Global Interdependence, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1994. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1995.

Co-Edited:
with Kristy Twadell, English as a Second Language in Bilingual Education. Washington, D.C.:TESOL, 1976.

with Richard I. Brod and E. Michael Gerli, Language in American Life:Proceedings of the Georgetown University Modern Language Association Conference October 6-8, 1977, Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1977.

with G. Richard Tucker, Language in Public Life, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1979. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1979.

with Howard B. Altman and Penelope M. Alatis, The Second Language Classroom:Directions for the 1980's. Oxford University Press, 1981.

with H. H. Stern and Peter Strevens, Applied Linguistics and the Preparation of Second Language Teachers:Toward a Rationale, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1983. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1983.

with John J. Staczek, Perspectives on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1985.

with Deborah Tannen, Language and Linguistics:The Interdependence of Theory, Data, and Application, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1985. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1986.

with Carolyn A. Straehle, Brent Gallenberger, and Maggie Ronkin, Linguistics and the Education of Language Teachers: Ethnolinguistic, Psycholinguistic, and Sociolinguistic Aspects, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 1995. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1995.

with Carolyn A. Straehle, Maggie Ronkin, and Brent Gallenberger, Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Language Variation: Current Trends and Future Prospects, Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics, 1996. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1996.

with Carolyn A. Straehle and Maggie Ronkin, International Journal of the Sociology of Language: Aspects of Sociolinguistics in Greece.  Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1997.

with Ai-Hui Tan, Language in Our Time: Bilingual Education and Official English, Ebonics and Standard English, Immigration and the Unz Initiative, Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics, 1999. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1999.

with Heidi E. Hamilton and Ai-Hui Tan, Linguistics, Language, and the Professions: Education, Journalism, Law, Medicine, and Technology, Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics, 2000. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2000.
 

 PUBLICATIONS: Reports

editor, State University System of Florida Foreign Language and Linguistics Program Review. State University System of Florida, February 1992.
 
 

PUBLICATIONS: Articles

“Testing the English Language Proficiency of Foreign Students,” in Testing the English Proficiency of Foreign Students. Washington, D.C.: Center for Applied Linguistics of the Modern Language Association of America, 1961.

“Linguistics, TESOL and Bilingual Education,” in Psycholinguistics and Total Communication: The State of the Art (American Annals of the Deaf). Edited by Terence J. O'Rourke, 1972: pp.122–34.

“Teaching Students of English as a Second Language or Dialect: The Unanswered Questions, the Successes, and the Promise,” in Essays on Teaching English as a Second Language and as a Second Dialect (Urbana, Illinois National Council of Teachers of English). Edited by Robert P. Fox, 1973: pp. 43–56.

“Toward a LAPSE Theory of Teacher Preparation in English as a Second Language,” in English Language Teaching Journal 29(1), October 1974.

“The Past as Prologue,” in TESOL Quarterly 10(1): 7–18, March 1976.

“The Urge to Communicate vs. Resistance to Learning in English as a Second Language,” in English Language Teaching Journal 30(4), July 1976.

“The Compatibility of TESOL and Bilingual Education,” in On TESOL '75: New Directions in Second Language Learning, Teaching and Bilingual Education. Washington, D.C.:TESOL, 1976.

“Teaching Foreign Languages — Why? A New Look at an Old Question,” in Foreign Language Annals 9(5): 447–458, October 1976.

“Opportunity and Obligation: Responding to the Work of the President's Commission,” in Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin (Modern Language Association, New York)2(2), November 1976.

 “Linguistics, TESOL, and Bilingual Education: An Overview,” in Collected Papers in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education: Themes, Practices, Viewpoints (NYSESOLBEA, Teacher's College, Columbia University). Edited by Richard L. Light and Alice H. Osman, 1978.

“Language Teaching: Possibilities for Interdisciplinary Co-operation,” in Language Learning, The Lucerne Congress Report of the Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes. Brussels, 1978.

“The Role of ESL in Bilingual Education,” in The Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 3(3): 27–37, Spring 1979.

“TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,” Chapter V of the 79th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Pt.2, Learning a Second Language. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

“National Language Policy: Making the Implicit Explicit,” in Language Policy and Language Teaching, Essays in honor of Clifford H. Prator (English Language Services).Edited by John F. Povey, 1980.

“Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny,” in California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) Occasional Papers, No.6, Fall 1980.

“TESOL: The Organization and the Profession,” in The Journal of the Mexican Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MEXTESOL)5(3), 1981.

“Issues of Major Concern in Foreign Language Learning and Foreign Language Acquisition,” in Proceedings of 1981 New York Academy of Sciences Conference on Native Language and Foreign Language Acquisition, Vol.379, 1981.

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language Teaching,” in Rassegna Italiana Di Linguistica Applicata, No.3, September–December 1981.

“A New Professionalism, A New Public,” in Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin (Modern Language Association, New York)14(2), November 1982.

“The Future of Foreign Language Teaching in the U.S.,” in Journal of the International Association for Learning Laboratories (NALLD, Japan)17(1), Fall 1982.

“Advances in Language Teaching,” in English Teaching in Egypt (Center for Developing English Language Teaching). Cairo: Ain Shams University, 1982.

 “The Role of Language Study in Bilingual Education,” in Exploring Strategies for Developing a Cohesive National Direction Toward Language Education in the United States.Washington, D.C.: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, 1983.

“Is There a Role for L1 in the Teaching of L2?,” in Perspectives: A Journal for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (TESOL-Italy) 7(2), 1983.

“The Application of Instructional Technology,” in The Journal of Computer Aided Language Learning and Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 1(1), June 1983.

“The Evolving Definition of TESOL,” in The Japan Association of Language Teachers Newsletter (JALT)7(7–8), July–August 1983.

“Toward a Definition of TESOL,” in The British Association for Applied Linguistics Newsletter 19, Autumn 1983.

“Linguistics and Bilingual Education,” in Scientific and Humanistic Dimensions of Language, Kurt R. Jankowsky (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1985.

“Technology is Good, but Humanity is Better,” in The Journal of Computer Aided Language Learning and Instruction Consortium (CALICO)3(4), June 1986.

“Language Policy and Global Interdependence,” in Language in the International Perspective, Nancy Schweda-Nicholson (ed.). Norwood, N.J.: Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1986.

“The Question of Language Policy,” in International Journal of the Sociology of Language 60, 1986.

“TESOL in Transition: Comments from the Executive Director,” in TESOL Newsletter 20(3), June 1986.

“The Growth of Professionalism in TESOL: Challenges and Prospects for the Future,” in TESOL Quarterly 21(1), 1987.

“The Early History of TESOL,” in TESOL Newsletter 21(2), April 1987.

“A Bare-Bones Bibliography and a Bit More,” in TESOL Newsletter 21(2), April 1987.

“The Concept of Intensivity in Second Language Teaching in the U.S.A.,” in Proceedings of the Symposium on Intensive English Training in China (SIETIC), Wu Jingyu, Jerry Gebhard, Wang Changqi, and Zhang Mingsheng (eds.), October 1987.

“Public Policy and Language Outcome,” in Issues of Language Assessment Volume III: Language Assessment and Public Policy, Stanley S. Seidner (ed.). Illinois State Board of Education, 1987.

 “Closing Remarks for GURT '87: Comments on the English-Only Amendment,” in Language Spread and Language Policy: Issues, Implications, and Case Studies, 1987 Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, Peter H. Lowenberg (ed.). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 1988.

“On English as a World Language,” in  (Journal of Applied Linguistics) No.6.Thessaloniki, Greece: Greek Applied Linguistics Association, 1990.

“The Spread of English as a World Language,” in Teaching English: The Decade Ahead, Proceedings of the Tenth National Symposium on English Teaching in Egypt, 1990.Centre for Developing English Language Teaching, 1991. [this is a revised version of the above article]

with Carol LeClair, “Building an Association: TESOL’s First Quarter Century,” in State of the Art TESOL Essays: Celebrating 25 Years of the Discipline, Sandra Silberstein (ed.). Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, 1993.

with Carolyn A. Straehle, “The Universe of English: Imperialism, Chauvinism, and Paranoia,” in Literary Studies East and West. World Englishes 2000. Volume 14. University of Hawaii, East West Center, 1997.

with Peter Lowenberg, “The Three Circles of English: A Conference in Honor of Professor Braj B. Kachru.” (forthcoming)

Biography of Mary Finocchiaro, Biography of Robert Lado, Biography of William Lee, in the Concise Encyclopedia of Educational Linguistics. Bernard Spolsky, ed. Oxford: Elsevier Science Limited, 1999.

"The Genealogy of Language Organizations and the Heritage Language Initiative," in Heritage Languages in America: Preserving a National Resources, Joy K. Peyton, Donald A. Ranard, and Scott McGinnis (eds).  Washington D.C.: CAL & Delta Systems Co. Inc., 2001.

with Peter Lowenberg, "The Three Circles of English: An Afterword to the Conference in Honour of Professor Braj B. Kachru," in the Three Circle of English: Language Specialists Talk About the English Language, E. Thumboo (ed).  Singapore: UniPress, 2001.

Recent Presentations
Sunshine TESOL, "The Growth of Professionalism in the Teaching of English as an International Language."

National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) "The Less Commonly Taught Languages in the American Educational Context"

AHEPA "Evolution of the Greek Language and its Dialects"

"Heritage Languages in America: Blueprint for the Future," eds. Joy Peyton, Scott McGinnis

PUBLICATIONS: Book Reviews

review of The English-Only Question: An Official Language for Americans? by Dennis Baron, in Language 69:4, 1994.