Keynote 2016

Yilin SunYilin Sun, Ph.D.

Keynote address: Empowerment through Glocalization- Classroom and Beyond


The 21st century ELT field is diverse, complicated, multifaceted and glocal. The expanded global landscape of diversified users, contexts and uses has created opportunities as well as challenges for all ELT professionals. This keynote session will focus on strategies to support ELT professionals and learners in the 21st century classroom and beyond.  Based on her background as a non-native English speaker and her cross-cultural teaching and research experience in China, Canada and the United States, the speaker will discuss recent major trends in the ELT field and teaching and learning strategies to empower ELT educators and our learners.


Yilin Sun, Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics/Curriculum & Instruction, OISE/University of Toronto, Canada, Past President of TESOL (2014-2015). She is the first ESL professional from Washington state elected to serve as President of TESOL International Association in TESOL’s 50 year history. In 2003 and 2007, Yilin served as President of WAESOL. Dr. Sun works at South Seattle College and  has over 29 years of experience in the field of TESOL as an MA-TESL teacher trainer, a researcher, a classroom teacher, and a program leader with a variety of higher educational institutions in China, Canada and the USA. From 2011-2012, she worked as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan coordinating the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Education Program and teaching TESOL graduate courses as a Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University. She is also an English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State and has conducted teacher training workshops in many countries including Cambodia, China, South Korea, Laos, Russia and Thailand. Yilin is the author of books, book chapters and research papers in refereed professional journals including TESOL Quarterly and TESOL Journal. She has also presented widely at national and international conferences.