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TIRF at 2010 CATESOL Convention - Dr. Kathi Bailey & Ryan Damerow


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Dr. Kathi Bailey and Ryan Damerow talk about The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).

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TIRF at 2010 CATESOL Convention - Dr. Kathi Bailey & Ryan Damerow

  1. 2. What is This Thing Called “TIRF”? <ul><li>Kathi Bailey and Ryan Damerow </li></ul><ul><li>Monterey Institute of International Studies </li></ul>
  2. 3. TIRF <ul><li>T he I nternational R esearch F oundation </li></ul><ul><li>for English Language Education </li></ul><ul><li>Visit TIRF’s website at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 4. TIRF <ul><li>TIRF was established by the TESOL Board of Directors in June, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>TESOL provided the start-up money for the foundation. </li></ul><ul><li>TIRF was recognized as a charitable foundation under US tax law in 1999. </li></ul>
  4. 5. TIRF’s Four Major Goals <ul><ul><ul><li>1. To implement a research and development program that will generate new knowledge and inform and improve the quality of English language teaching and learning </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. TIRF’s Four Major Goals <ul><ul><li>2. to promote the application of research to practical language problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. to collect, organize, and disseminate information and research on the teaching and learning of languages </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. TIRF’s Four Major Goals <ul><li>4. to influence the formation and implementation of appropriate language education policies, being cognizant of the complementarity </li></ul><ul><li>of English as an </li></ul><ul><li>international language </li></ul><ul><li>and indigenous languages </li></ul><ul><li>and cultures worldwide. </li></ul>
  7. 8. TIRF’s Activities <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul>Activities in Three Domains
  8. 9. Development Activities <ul><li>“Investment in education delivers definitely the biggest return on investment….The future of the country will depend on the level of education we provide to our people…. In a knowledge-based economy, </li></ul><ul><li>research is important.” </li></ul><ul><li>Who said this? </li></ul>
  9. 10. Development Activities <ul><li>This quote is from His Highness, Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, </li></ul><ul><li>Minister of Higher </li></ul><ul><li>Education and </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Research, </li></ul><ul><li>United Arab Emirates, </li></ul><ul><li>in a speech in 2005. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Development Activities <ul><li>Sheikh Nahayan has given TIRF a generous gift to promote research on English language teaching and learning in the Arab world. </li></ul><ul><li>For the past two years, this gift has supported three doctoral candidates at $25,000 per student. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Dissemination Activities <ul><li>TIRF’s Current Focus </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting research and best practices </li></ul><ul><li>that will improve the use of English in </li></ul><ul><li>the emerging global </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge economy </li></ul><ul><li>of the 21st century </li></ul>
  12. 13. Dissemination Activities <ul><li>TIRF has hosted dissemination and </li></ul><ul><li>information gathering activities in </li></ul><ul><li>Washington D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>São Paulo </li></ul><ul><li>Dubai </li></ul>
  13. 14. Research Activities <ul><li>As of March 1, 2010, TIRF has funded </li></ul><ul><li>37 research projects </li></ul><ul><li>involving 57 researchers </li></ul><ul><li>working on various topics </li></ul><ul><li>for a total of US $476,450. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Research Activities <ul><li>Key Questions Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>The Impact of English and Plurilingualism </li></ul><ul><li>in Global Corporations (TIRF, 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus chosen by the Board of Trustees </li></ul><ul><li>The paper and an executive summary are available free on TIRF’s website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 16. Before Globalization <ul><li>Networks of Multinational Corporations </li></ul>
  16. 17. Result of Globalization <ul><li>Percent of Non-Native English Speakers in Global 1000 Companies </li></ul><ul><li>1996: 30% </li></ul><ul><li>2006: 50% </li></ul><ul><li>2011: 70% </li></ul><ul><li>(Source: World Trade Organization) </li></ul>
  17. 18. After Globalization <ul><li>Networks of Multinational Corporations </li></ul>
  18. 19. Evolution of Global Corporations and the Global Human Network 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 1950 . . . But Not Imperative TODAY Defining Period: ● Global Integrated Strategies ● Digitally Connected Global Human Network Local Languages Dominate.. English For Supply/Customer Chain English Proficiency Imperative Global Integration Begins English Importance Growing Regional Offices Geographic Autonomy
  19. 20. Tipping Point: 2005-2010 for Human Network Low High 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 English Skill Required Tolerance for Poor English Skills Huge English Skills Gap Global Human Network Digitally Connected Globally Connected Welcome to the
  20. 21. Survey of Employees of Global Corporations Today <ul><li>91% of respondents indicate English is critical or important in their work. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 9% indicate their current level of English is sufficient for their job. </li></ul><ul><li>From the Globalization of English (25,000 respondents from 300 of the world’s leading companies: GE, Pfizer, P&G, Unilever, HP, Reuters, etc.) </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>Can be rapidly deployed </li></ul><ul><li>Can deliver consistent results </li></ul><ul><li>Are measurable on a global basis </li></ul><ul><li>Are cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Are scalable </li></ul>Corporations need solutions that Desired Solutions
  22. 23. Communications and Global Resources <ul><li>“With employees from diverse linguistic </li></ul><ul><li>and cultural backgrounds, strong </li></ul><ul><li>language skills are needed to facilitate </li></ul><ul><li>effective communication” (TIRF, 2009) </li></ul>
  23. 24. The Human Capital Challenge <ul><li>“ Faced with this challenge, global corporations are increasingly engaged in talent search and development efforts to ensure they can attract, keep, and develop workers that can add value to their globally integrated operations” (TIRF, 2009). </li></ul>
  24. 25. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>“ In addition to strong academic skills, corporations want workers with skills and attributes that depend on strong social, emotional, and cognitive development, including professionalism, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking” (Corporate Voices, 2008). </li></ul>
  25. 26. Language Development Investments <ul><li>“ GlobalEnglish has conducted case studies of the language challenges, solutions, and impacts faced by its global corporate partners.... Revenue and cost impact are the two main areas where English proficiency adversely affects the corporate bottom line” (TIRF, 2009). </li></ul>
  26. 27. The Case of Reuters <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wanted to improve communications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>among regional offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Wanted to manage negative consequence of complexity of managing projects across times zones, cultures, and languages </li></ul></ul>
  27. 28. The Case of Reuters <ul><li>Reported Business Results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to produce and understand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>English emails: 86% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to participate in meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in English: 79% </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. The Case of Reuters <ul><li>Reported Business Results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to provide assistance and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>answer questions in English: 81% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to help other non-native </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>speakers use English: 54% </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. The Case of Emirates Bank <ul><li>The Need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Change from a regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to a global company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. English abilities of employees were not at a point where they would easily support this transition from regional to global markets </li></ul></ul>
  30. 31. The Case of Emirates Bank <ul><li>Reported Business Results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Earned the first European Association of Quality Language Services (EAQUALS) Certification awarded in their region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Increased number of employees trained by over 300% through use of online learning </li></ul></ul>
  31. 32. The Case of Emirates Bank <ul><li>Reported Business Results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3. High satisfaction and completion rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of English programs (85%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. Improved job performance after three </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>months due to improved English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>abilities </li></ul></ul>
  32. 33. Research Activities <ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>For corporations </li></ul><ul><li>For teachers of business students in higher education contexts and adult schools </li></ul><ul><li>For English language learners </li></ul>
  33. 34. Funding Opportunities <ul><li>This topic is one of TIRF’s current research priorities for Doctoral Dissertation Grants. </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline for proposals is May 31, 2010. </li></ul>
  34. 35. Funding Opportunities <ul><li>Up to US $5,000 is available for Doctoral Dissertation Grants. </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals should address any of TIRF’s priority research topics. </li></ul>
  35. 36. Funding Opportunities <ul><li>Those proposals on teacher education, language assessment, and English and plurilingualism in business and industry will receive preference in the rating process in 2010. </li></ul>
  36. 37. Closing Comments <ul><li>Next Steps for TIRF </li></ul><ul><li>Seek major sources of funding from corporate and private sponsors to support targeted research projects </li></ul><ul><li>Influence policy makers with the findings of research </li></ul>
  37. 38. Resources for Researchers <ul><li>TIRF is pleased to share several reference lists with researchers throughout the world. </li></ul><ul><li>The lists are stored as Word documents so that they will be dynamic tools. </li></ul>
  38. 39. Resources for Researchers <ul><li>You are also welcome to contribute new references to these lists, or send an entirely new reference list to share. </li></ul><ul><li>Please visit and click on “Resources for Researchers.” </li></ul>
  39. 40. Resources for Researchers <ul><li>Anxiety in Language Learning and Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Communicative Language Testing </li></ul><ul><li>Content-based Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnostic Assessment </li></ul>
  40. 41. Resources for Researchers <ul><li>Diary Studies in Language Learning and Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Identity and Language Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Language Classroom Research </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Observation </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio Assessment </li></ul>
  41. 42. Resources for Researchers <ul><li>Reading Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Washback </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Assessment </li></ul>
  42. 43. Closing Comments <ul><li>TIRF’s initiatives are supported by contributions from </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Organizations </li></ul>
  43. 44. Closing Comments <ul><li>Main Sponsoring Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Cambridge University Press </li></ul><ul><li>Cengage (formerly Heinle) </li></ul><ul><li>Delta Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Testing Service </li></ul><ul><li>LaCentra-Sumerlin Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>National Geographic </li></ul>
  44. 45. Closing Comments <ul><li>Main Sponsoring Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson Longman </li></ul><ul><li>The Society for Testing English Proficiency </li></ul><ul><li>The Spencer Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>TESOL </li></ul><ul><li>University of Cambridge ESOL Exams </li></ul><ul><li>Walt Disney Corporation </li></ul>
  45. 46. Closing Comments <ul><li>2010 Doctoral Dissertation Grant Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline May 15, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Awards up to US $5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants need not be CATESOL or TESOL members, US citizens, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Must be advanced to candidacy in a legitimate doctoral program </li></ul>
  46. 47. Closing Comments <ul><li>2010 Doctoral Dissertation Grant Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals accepted on all research priorities listed on the website </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals on teacher education, language assessment, and English and plurilingualism in business and industry will receive preference in 2010. </li></ul>
  47. 48. Closing Comments <ul><li>TIRF is an all-volunteer Board of </li></ul><ul><li>trustees. </li></ul><ul><li>Your help is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Donate online by </li></ul><ul><li>credit card </li></ul><ul><li>Donate by check </li></ul><ul><li>in US dollars </li></ul>
  48. 49. Closing Comments <ul><li>Levels of Support </li></ul><ul><li>Founders : Over $75,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Benefactors : $5,000 to $74,999 </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons : $1,000 to $4,999 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporters : up to $1,000 </li></ul>
  49. 50. Closing Comments <ul><li>Donate online at </li></ul><ul><li>Donate by mail at </li></ul><ul><li>TIRF </li></ul><ul><li>177 Webster Street, Box 220 </li></ul><ul><li>Monterey, CA 93940 USA </li></ul>
  50. 51. Closing Comments <ul><li>For Further Information </li></ul><ul><li>To learn more about TIRF, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, please visit our website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  51. 52. Thank you!
  52. 53. TIRF <ul><li>T he I nternational </li></ul><ul><li>R esearch F oundation </li></ul><ul><li>for English Language Education </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>