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The series brings preeminent scholars in the field of applied linguistics to campus to share their expertise on current issues in language education.

The Leo van Lier Lecture Series was established in 2013 to honor the memory of long-time TESOL/TFL professor, Leo van Lier, who passed away on December 23, 2012.

The series was initially funded by Leo’s family and continues to be funded through donations from the public. Past speakers include Shirley Brice Heath (Brown University/Stanford University), Roy Lyster (McGill University), and Kim Potowski (University of Illinois at Chicago).

Information about upcoming speakers can be found below; click on an event for more details. The series is primarily intended to support students in the TESOL/TFL programs, but all lectures are free and open to the public.


If you would like to support the Leo van Lier series with a donation, please click on the button below and in the Give To field select “Other” then type “Leo van Lier” in the Other field that appears and follow the rest of the on-screen instructions.

Support the Leo van Lier Series