Looking Back, Taking Stock, Moving Forward: Investigating Gender in TESOL



    1. University of Hawai'i Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States
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    • Kathryn A. Davis is associate professor in the Department of Second Language Studies and director of the Center for Second Language Research at the University of Hawai'i. She specializes in qualitative research, bilingualism, biliteracy, and language/educational policy and planning.


    1. Arcadia University Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
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    • Ellen Skilton-Sylvester is associate professor in the Education Department at Arcadia University. In addition to gender and TESOL, her interests include (bi)literacy education for children and adults in the United States, ethnographic methods, teacher research, and service-learning in teacher education.


This article offers a historical overview, explores current trends, and suggests future directions of gender research and pedagogical approaches that inform TESOL. It highlights key theories, research paradigms, and subjects of study that contribute to SLA knowledge while addressing inequitable gendered social, pedagogical, and linguistic relationships in and out of ESL and EFL classrooms. The article also introduces the contributions to this volume by indicating how they represent broader dialogues about directions in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and TESOL.