Dr. Leslie Barratt is Department Chair and Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Indiana State University. Her research has spanned various areas, including theoretical linguistics, diachronic changes and variation in English, children’s second language acquisition and loss, language teaching, teacher preparation, mentoring, and NNEST issues. Her most recent publications concern World Englishes: Mahboob, A. and L. Barratt (in press) English(es) in a multilingual Context. London: Springer Verlag. Barratt, L. (2012). “On commoner being more common” in Illes, E. and T. Eitler.Studies in Applied Linguistics in honour of Edit H. Kontra. Budapest: ELTE BTK (ELTE University Press, published by Oxford University Press in cooperation with the British Council in Hungary). Pp.13-16.). Dr. Barratt has received two Fulbright Senior Lectureships (to Hungary and China) and has given numerous papers and workshops in Argentina, Austria, Hungary, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. She has also served as an editorial board member for Asia TEFL Journal and Thai TESOL Bulletin. As a member of TESOL for over 30 years, Dr. Barratt has been actively involved in the organization, particularly in the international conference, where she has mentored job seekers, first timers & new members. She has been an Associate Conference Program Chair four times and will be the Conference Program Chair for TESOL’s 50th Anniversary (2016) Conference in Baltimore. | October Interviewer: Shu-Chun Tseng
Hala Salih M.Nur is an assistant professor at the University of Khartoum. She graduated in 1988 with an honour degree in Literature, received a Master’s Degree in American Literature and a Ph.D. in Shakespeare. She worked in Saudi Arabia for nine years before returning to work again in Sudan. Hala was the head of the English Department at the AUR/University of Khartoum responsible for teaching English language as university requirement throughout the university campus. Currently she is the founder and director of the English Language Institute at the University of Khartoum. The ELI is the first teacher training institute of its kind in the country. Hala’s other interests are professional development for teachers and CALL.
Interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas