Professor, TESOL/TFL

Kathleen Bailey
McCone Building M208
(831) 647-4181

Dr. Kathleen Bailey is a professor of Applied Linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).  She is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, as well as President of the Foundation – offices she has held since September, 2009. In addition, she has served as the President of both the international TESOL association and the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Previously she served on the TOEFL Research Committee. 

Dr. Bailey’s research interests include teacher education, supervision and development; second language acquisition; language assessment; classroom research; and research methodology. Her work as a teacher educator has taken her to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay, as well as to many parts of the United States.  She has been honored as a recipient of the James E. Alatis Award for Service to TESOL and the Heinle Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching in Monterey County.

Kathi Bailey

Professor, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Teaching Foreign Language
Bailey is pleased and honored to be a catalyst for her students’ greatest achievements.

My name is Kathi Bailey, and I work in the TESOL and TFL Programs. TESOL, T-E-S-O-L, is Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and TFL is Teach Foreign Languages. Some years ago, the TESOL Association started an initiative called the Leadership Mentoring Program. And every year, at the beginning of the TESOL Convention, there was a really nice lunch that was given to honor the people who were serving as leaders in TESOL.

So I got to the lunch early, and I found a table at the back of the room, and I took a seat off to the side so I could see what was going on. But as I was sitting there and the room filled up, lots and lots of people came over and were talking to me.

Most of them are graduates. They were hugging me and telling me about their accomplishments, their publications, their families, their jobs, their raises. It was really exciting. And after a few minutes of this, one of the wait persons who’d been standing just behind me. She came up to me and she said.

Excuse me, are you the person being honored at this lunch in? Shouldn’t you be sit at the head table? And I said, no, I’m not the guest of honor. Why did you think so? And she said, well, because everybody’s hugging, and thanking you, and telling you about how great and difference you made in their lives.

And so then, the program began and everybody settled down, the lunch was served. And I kind of thought to myself in a quiet private way, I am the person being honored here. I’m honored by the promise fulfilled by our graduates. They’re working all around the world, as program administrators, materials developers, authors, editors, teacher educators, test developers, researchers.

And of course, they’re excelling as language teachers worldwide. This is what I find so rewarding about working in this program. The students that come here, the students we attract have the capacity for leadership. They make a difference. It’s a great, great place to study, and it’s a great place to work.

And my hope is to continue this legacy of leadership so that our graduates will continue to influence language education worldwide.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

Teaching of Listening & Speaking in L2 Contexts

This seminar will introduce TESOL and TFL MA candidates to the teaching of speaking and listening in second and foreign language contexts. Topics to be covered include factors that influence L2 listening, target language interaction, accuracy and fluency in speaking, pronunciation, pragmatics, and helping learners overcome their anxiety about speaking and listening in their second or foreign language(s). Assessment issues will also be addressed near the end of the course.

This is a variable unit seminar. That is, it may be taken for either two or three units, depending on the individual student’s needs and/or course load. All students will attend 45 hours of class, but the students taking the course for three units will do an additional assignment (to be negotiated with the instructor).

Spring 2019 - MIIS, Fall 2019 - MIIS, Fall 2020 - MIIS

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Leadership in Language Education

This one-unit seminar will focus on developing leadership qualities and skills for professionals in the broad field of language education. Whether you aspire to train language teachers, develop curricula, run language programs, write materials, work in language assessment, or be a teacher in your own school context, there are leadership skills that you can develop and employ to be more effective in your chosen role. The following goals and student learning objectives will be addressed in this seminar:

Participants will understand key frameworks depicting the components of leadership.

Participants will interact with successful leaders in our field, in order to understand typical leadership experiences—both challenges and successes.

Participants will recognize the characteristics of successful leaders in our field.

Participants will determine their own plans for future development as leaders in the broad field of language education.

Participants will gain confidence and skill in their own abilities as leaders.

These goals will be accomplished through a series of readings, discussions, and small projects as well as a substantive final project.

Fall 2020 - MIIS

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This course is designed to equip you with the skills and confidence to deliver professional and articulate speeches in English. You will deliver informative, persuasive, panel, training, and commemorative presentations to prepare you for the wide range of speech styles you may encounter in your professions. Consistent practice, analysis of award-winning speeches, and detailed feedback on your performance will provide you with ample opportunity to improve your public speaking skills.

Fall 2019 - MIIS, Spring 2020 - MIIS

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This seminar provides language teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of becoming language teacher supervisors. It examines current models of, and research on, language teacher supervision. Students practice observing teachers and conducting post-observation conferences, developing their ability to provide professional feedback, differentiate between evaluative and developmental supervision, and examine the variables related to working with teachers in a variety of specific contexts.

Spring 2020 - MIIS

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This intensive online seminar is intended for experienced language teachers who have (or expect to have) responsibilities for educating other teachers. Its contents and goals are based on the assumption that in our field, people are typically promoted into training positions because they have done well as teachers themselves. Seldom are they given specific preparation for their roles as teacher educators. However, in the past two decades, teacher education has become a viable specialization in our profession and teacher development has emerged as an established focus of research.

In this course we will investigate issues related to teacher training, education, and development. Various philosophies and models of pre-service and in-service programs for training language teachers will be examined, as will approaches to ongoing professional development. Seminar participants will engage in asynchronous Canvas discussions as well as a few synchronous sessions in order to build professional skills to be more competent and confident teacher educators. It is my hope that participation in this seminar will take you one step closer to your “dream job.”

Spring 2019 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only, Spring 2020 - MIIS, MIIS Winter/J Term only

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Areas of Interest

I am fascinated by the caliber of students who complete their degrees in TESOL or Teaching Foreign Languages at MIIS. Many of them also complete additional specializations, for instance, in Language Program Administration or International Educational Management. Over the years several alumni have taken leadership positions in their schools, programs, and professional associations. The students’ internationalism, and dedication to teaching and research make MIIS a rewarding place to teach!  My own research focuses on the broad themes of how languages are taught and learned, teacher development, and language assessment – all topics which strongly influence how our profession moves forward internationally.


Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982
  • MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), University of California, Los Angeles, 1976.
  • Teaching Credential, California Standard Secondary Credential, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1972.
  • BA in English Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1971

Professor Bailey has been teaching at the Institute since 1981.


Edited Books

  • Bailey, K. M., Dale, T. L., & Clifford, R. T. (Eds.). (1987). Language testing research: Selected papers from the 1986 colloquium. Monterey, CA: Defense Language Institute.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Damerow, R. M. (Eds.). (2014). Teaching and learning English in the Arabic-speaking world. New York, NY: Routledge and TIRF.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Damerow, R. M. (Series Editors, 2013-present). Global Research on Teaching and Learning English. A series co-published by Routledge Taylor Francis and The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).
  • Bailey, K. M., Long, M. H., & Peck, S. (Eds.). (1983). Second language acquisition studies: Series in second language acquisition research. Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Nunan, D. (Eds.). (1996). Voices from the language classroom: Qualitative research on second language education. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bailey, K. M., Pialorsi, F., & Zukowski/Faust, J. (Eds.). (1984). Foreign teaching assistants in U.S. universities. Washington, DC: National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA).
  • Bailey, K. M., & Santos, M. G. (Eds.). (2009). Research on English as a second language in U.S. community colleges: People, programs and potential. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Savage, L. (Eds.). (1994). New ways in teaching speaking. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Authored and Co-Authored Books

  • Allwright, R. A., & Bailey, K. M. (1991). Focus on the language classroom: An introduction to classroom research for language teachers. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bailey, K. M. (2007). ELT advantage: Content-based instruction (a distance learning course). Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.
  • Bailey, K. M. (2006). Language teacher supervision: A case-based approach. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bailey, K. M. (2005). Practical English language teaching: Speaking. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
  • Bailey, K. M. (1999). Washback in language testing: TOEFL monograph series, MS 15. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.
  • Bailey, K. M. (1998). Learning about language assessment: Dilemmas, decisions and directions. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Curtis, A. (2015). Learning about language assessment: Dilemmas, decisions and directions (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning.
  • Bailey, K. M., Curtis, A., & Nunan, D. (2001). Pursuing professional development: The self as source. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.

Chapters and Articles

  • Bailey, K. M., Bergthold, B., Braunstein, B., Fleishman, N. J., Holbrook, M. P., Tuman, J., Waissbluth, X., & Zambo, L. J. (1996). The language learner’s autobiography: Examining the apprenticeship of observation. In D. Freeman, & J. C. Richards (Eds.), Teacher learning in language teaching (pp. 11-29). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bailey, K. M., Dale, T. L., & Squire, B. (1992). Some reflections on collaborative language teaching. In D. Nunan (Ed.), Collaborative language teaching and learning (pp. 162-178). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bailey, K.M. & Krishnan, A. (2015). Old wine in new bottles: Solving language teaching problems creatively. In A. Maley & N. Peachy (Eds.), Creativity in the English language classroom (pp. 84-97). London, UK: The British Council.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Krishnan, A. (2016). A conversation about creativity: Connecting the new to the known through images, objects, and games. In R. H. Jones, & J. C. Richards (Eds.) Creativity in language teaching (pp. 213-226). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Llamas, C. N. (2012). Language program administrators’ knowledge and skills. In M. A. Christison & F. L. Stoller (Eds.), A handbook for language program administrators (pp. 19-34). Miami, FL: Alta Books.
  • Bailey, K. M., & Springer, S. (2013). Reflective teaching as innovation. In K. Hyland & L. Wong (Eds.), Innovation and change in English language education (pp. 106-122). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Bailey, K. M., Thibault, J., & Nunan, D. (2009). How the experience of leadership changes leaders. In M. A. Christison & D. Murray (Eds.), Leaders in English language education: Theoretical foundation and practical skills for changing times (pp. 238-254). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.
  • Chiesa, D. L., & Bailey, K. M. (2015). Dialogue journals: Learning for a lifetime. In D. Nunan, & J. C. Richards (Eds.), Language learning beyond the classroom (pp. 53-62). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Chiesa, D., Damerow, R.M., & Bailey, K. M. (2013). The use of dialogue journals with university EFL students: A sociocultural perspective. The Asian Journal of English Language and Pedagogy, 6, 1-46.
  • Damerow, R. M., & Bailey, K. M. (2014). Research on the teaching and learning of English in the Arabic-speaking world. In K. M. Bailey & R. M. Damerow (Eds.), Teaching and learning English in the Arabic-speaking world (pp. 1-13). New York, NY: Routledge and TIRF.
  • Damerow, R. M., Pahl, C. A., & Bailey, K. M. (2013). English in the 21st-century workforce: Survey of language use in international plurilingual organizations. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL, 3(1), 165-185.
  • Delaney, A. E., & Bailey, K. M. (2000, March). Teaching journals: Writing for professional development. ESL Magazine, 16-18.
  • Krishnan, A., Pahl, C., & Bailey, K. M. (Forthcoming). Examining the discourse of supervision: The learning experiences of two novice supervisors. In L. Wong & K. Hyland (Eds.), Faces of English language education: Students, teachers, and pedagogy. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Pahl, C., & Bailey, K. M. (2014). Time management for graduate students: An emerging leadership skill. In C. Coombe (Ed.) Student leadership (pp. 105-119). Dubai, UAE: TESOL Arabia.
  • Pasternak, M., & Bailey, K. M. (2004). Preparing non-native and native-speaking English teachers: Issues of professionalism and proficiency. In L. Kamhi-Stein (Ed.), Learning and teaching from experience: Perspectives on nonnative English-speaking professionals (pp. 155-175). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Santos, M., Charbonnet, L., & Bailey, K. M. (2009). New contexts for research in community college ESL. In K. M. Bailey & M. G. Santos (Eds.), Research on English as a second language in U.S. community colleges: People, programs and potential (pp. 1-9). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  • Tucci, M., & Bailey, K. M. (2012). Using songs in teaching EFL to young learners. In H. Emery & F. Gardiner-Hyland (Eds.), Contextualizing EFL for young learners: International perspectives on policy, practice and procedure (pp. 194-210). Dubai, UAE: TESOL Arabia.