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Lisya Seloni

Professor
English
Office
Stevenson Hall - STV 404
Office Hours
Thursdays 4:30-5:30, or by appointment
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Biography

Lisya Seloni is a Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches courses on composition, cross-cultural issues in TESOL, second language writing and TESOL methods and materials. Her research explores ethnographic approaches to second language writing, academic socialization and issues related to sociopolitical context of English language teaching. She is specifically interested in the ways translingual writers construct knowledge and text in various writing environments across the disciplines. Her research interests also include issues revolving around language policy, language maintenance and linguistic landscape. She is the co-author of Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Literacy Education. Her most recent publications have appeared in Journal of Second Language Writing, English for Specific Purposes, and Language Policy.

Current Courses

499.003Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

499.101Independent Research for the Masters Thesis Last Term

599.026Research And Dissertation

599.226Research And Dissertation Final Term

Teaching Interests & Areas

Second Language Writing, Critical Pedagogy, Intercultural Rhetoric, Cross-cultural issues in TESOL

Research Interests & Areas

Second Language Writing, Critical Pedagogy, Language Ethnography, Academic Discourse Socialization, Linguistic Landscapes

Ph D Foreign and Second Language Education Program

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri

BA English Language Teaching

Istanbul University
Istanbul, Turkey

Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching

Illinois State University
2014

University Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University
2013

Second Language Research Dissertation Award

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2009

Diversity Idea Contest Winner

The College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
2007

Writing Dissertation Research Award

The College of Humanities, The Ohio State University
2007

Book, Authored

Farr, M., Seloni, L., & Song, J. Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Literacy Education. Routledge (2010)

Book, Chapter

Seloni, L. Intertextual Connections between Spoken and Written Texts: A Microanalysis of Doctoral Students’ Textual Constructions. D. Belcher and A. Hirvela (EDs), The Oral-Literate Connection: Perspectives on L2 Speaking, Writing, and Other Media Interactions. University of Michigan Press (2008)

Journal Article

Seloni, L., & Sarfati, Y. Linguistic Landscape of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey: A Discourse Analysis of Graffiti. Journal of Language and Politics 16.5 (2017): 782-808.
Sarfati, Y., & Seloni, L. (Trans)national language ideologies and family language practices: a life history inquiry of Judeo-Spanish in Turkey. Language Policy 12.1 (2012): 7-26.
Seloni, L. (2012). (Un) Covering family rhetoric: A story of Ladino (Jewish-Spanish) in Istanbul. Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion. http://harlotofthearts.org/index.php/harlot/article/view/92/96
Seloni, L. (2013) Toward a Post-Method Teacher Education Program: Preparing Pre- Service Teachers for the Writing Needs of Ethno-Linguistically Diverse Classrooms. In L. Oliveira and T. Silva (Eds.) Second Language Writing in the Secondary Classroom: Experiences, Issues, and Perspectives (p. 166-189). New York: Routledge.
Seloni, L. (2014). "I'm an artist and a scholar who is trying to find a middle point": A textographic analysis of a Colombian art historian's thesis writing. Journal of Second Language Writing. 25: 79-99.

Presentations

Linguistic Landscape of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey: A Discourse Analysis of Graffiti. Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association 2014. (2014)
Examining methodological complexities in second language writing research. TESOL International Convention. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). (2012)
Maintenance of Judeo-Spanish in Istanbul: A story of an endangered language. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL). (2012)
The privileged status of English and multilingual writers across disciplines. TESOL International Convention. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). (2012)
Writing for social change: Students taking action through multigenre writing. Teaching and Learning Symposium. CTLT, Illinois State University. (2012)
At the crossroads of composition and applied linguistics: Reflections on Second Language Writing Research and praxis. New Directions in English Studies Conference. Illinois State University. (2011)
Ethnolinguistic diversity in the Writing Centers. International Writing Center Association Summer Institute 2011. International Writing Center Association. (2011)
Issues for Nonnative English Speaking Teachers in EFL Writing Teacher Preparation. TESOL International Convention. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). (2011)
Multilingual writers at the first year writing program: A focus on genre and intercultural rhetoric. First Year Teachers Orientation. Illinois State University. (2011)
Preparing pre-service language educators for ethnolinguistically diverse classrooms. Illinois TESOL/Bilingual Education (ITBE). (2011)

Grants & Contracts

Faculty Community Engagement Grant. Center of Civic Engagement. Illinois State University. (2022)
New Faculty Initiative Grant. University Research Grant Program, Illinois State University. Illinois State University.
Research Initiative Funding. Research Institute, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Other.
Teaching-Learning Development Grant. Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Illinois State University. Illinois State University.