Nobuyuki Hino is a professor at the Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Japan. He has also served as a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in the United States. He became a pioneer in EIL education in Japan with his lectures on the nationwide radio ELT program English for Millions from 1989 to 1990, in which he hosted his “EIL talk shows” with non-native speakers of English from various countries. He has published numerous articles and books in English and Japanese, including articles in AILA Review, World Englishes, and Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, and chapters in Principles and Practices of Teaching English as an International Language (Multilingual Matters) edited by Aya Matsuda, English as an International Language in Asia (Springer) edited by Andy Kirkpatrick and Roland Sussex, and Current Perspectives on Pedagogy for English as a Lingua Franca (De Gruyter Mouton) edited by Yasemin Bayyurt and Sumru Akcan. E-mail address: email@example.com
Hae Sung Yang is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University. His research interests include second language writing, intercultural rhetoric, and genre analysis. He has co-authored and edited many English textbooks for EFL learners including Reading Expert, Listening Expert, and Selected Readings for Advanced Learners. He has published a co-authored article in Reading in a Foreign Language, and is a frequent presenter at conferences including AAAL, Symposium on Second Language Writing and TESOL related conferences. E-mail: hyang20@ gsu.edu | February Interviewer: Terry Doyle
Peter Lowenberg is professor emeritus of San Jose State University. Before his retirement he was a professor in SJSU’s Department of Linguistics and Language Development, having taught courses in general linguistics, sociolinguistics, TESOL methodology and materials, language testing, and World Englishes (WE) and English as an international language (EIL). He has also worked in the field of language testing having served on the Committee of Examiners for the TOEFL and the Research Committee for the TOEIC and also having conducted workshops and seminars on language testing in several European, Asian, and Latin American countries. His publications include journal articles and chapters in the areas of World Englishes, language testing, language contact, and language policy and literacy. He has been interested and active in the WE/EIL and NNEST subfields of TESOL since the 1980s and has given numerous seminars and conference presentations on both of these subfields. E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org | January Interviewer: Terry Doyle
Soonhyang Kim will be the NNEST IG coordinator starting in March and has been one of the leaders in our field for the past several years. Born in Korea, she received a BA from Seoul National University of Science and Technology before coming to the United States. She received an MA in TESOL from Murray State University in Kentucky before going to Ohio. She earned a doctorate degree in foreign, second, and multilingual language education from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 2007. Her specialization was TESOL with specific areas of study in second language literacy and research methods in education. Currently, she is a tenure-track assistant professor and program coordinator of TESOL and Bilingual Education at Pace University. Before that, she worked as an assistant professor and the founding director of a new masters’ level PreK-12 ESL teacher certification program at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York for four and a half years after serving one year as an assistant professor of Korean at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. In addition, she worked at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York as a consultant and a special assistant to the academic dean to support the university’s internationalization initiatives.
Her recent research interests are as follows: NNEST teacher preparation and professional development; teaching and assessing professional dispositions (PD); cultural narratives as instructional strategies; TESOL program evaluation and administration; online teacher education; computer-assisted language learning (CALL); and second and bilingual language/literacy development. Her recent publications related to NNEST issues include co-guest journal editorship with Ryuko Kubota about supporting NNES instructors in higher education, a NNES career book chapter about seeking a faculty position, and a Modern Language Journal research publication about the academic and professional identity development of three NNESTs with Keiko Samimy and two NNEST graduate students.
She has been actively involved in professional service at the local, national, and international levels. She served as an executive board member of the New York State TESOL organization and coordinator of its Special Interest Groups (SIGs) from 2008-2010 and founding chair of the Teacher Education Special Interest Group. She was also chair of the International TESOL Higher Education Interest Section in 2006. She is currently serving as chair-elect of the Non-Native, English-Speaking Teacher Interest Section (NNEST IS) of TESOL. email@example.com | December interviewer: Madhukar K. C.
Elisenda Maroon was born in Barcelona, Catalonia. She is Catalan, and is trilingual in Catalan, Spanish, and English. She graduated from the English philology department of (UB) Universitat de Barcelona. After graduation, she has taught English in five different high schools. After passing competitive and rigorous government exams in 2011, she became a public high school English teacher. At present she is a “provisional” teacher; it means that she has not been assigned to any particular high school permanently, though she will always be assured of a position in some high school. So far since she passed the exams in 2011 she has taught at two high schools. Last year she taught students aged 11 – 16 in INS Roda de Berà in the village of Roda de Bera. She hopes in the next school year that she will be assigned to a high school nearer to Reus in Tarragona, where she lives at present. Elisenda has been teaching English in primary and high schools for ten years. She has also taught adult classes in private academies from time to time. She also volunteers at eTwinning (http//:www.etwinning.es) which provides great opportunities for her students to use English. While she has never lived abroad, she spent 15 days participating in a government-supported program for teachers in Totnes, United Kingdom. Elisenda participates in one or two EVOs organized by TESOL each year. In 2009 she participated in the NNEST EVO. Elisenda’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org | October interviewer: Terry Doyle
Hami Suzuki is an ESL instructor at the University of Hawaii English Language Program (HELP). She holds an MA degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught English in Japan, Thailand, and Hawaii to different age groups and proficiency levels. Her research interests include Second Language Learning/Teaching, Extensive Reading and topics relating to identity and language. Hami will be an instructor at INTO Oregon State University (Oregon State’s academic preparation program) starting in September 2014. | July Interviewer: Madhukar K.C.
Madhukar K.C., a graduate in ELT from Kathmandu University, Nepal, is an English instructor for English the Access Microscholarship Program, a U.S. Department of State/U.S. Embassy program implemented in partnership with Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). He is a dedicated EFL professional with wide experience in teaching K-12 English classes for the last 10 years from Kindergarten to the Higher Secondary Level. He has also worked as a teacher trainer and supervisor in these schools. His areas of interest include using literature the language classroom, content-based language teaching, NNES teacher professional development, NNES teachers’ role and identity, World Englishes, and EIL. He has given presentations at TESOL and IATEFL Conferences as well as at conferences in Nepal. | June Interviewer: Terry Doyle