About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics in and the Chair of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. I completed my PhD in Second Languge Education and Culture at the University of Maryland.

My research interests include English as an international language and its implications for language learning, teaching, teacher education, and language policy/planning; issues of (in)equity, privilege, marginalization, justice and professionalism in TESOL; and second language teacher education (particularly teacher identity, teacher cognition, the notion of praxis, and the interplay between SLA and L2 pedagogy).

I co-authored Teaching English as an International Language (2013) (with Bedrettin Yazan) published by TESOL Press. In addition, I am currently working on three book projects:

(1) Conceptual Shifts and Contextualized Practices in Education for Glocal Interaction: Issues and Implications (co-edited with Nathanael Rudolph, under contract for Springer) and
(2) Multilingual Professionals in TESOL: Issues, Perspectives and Prospects (co-edited with Luciana de Oliveira, in preparation for Palgrave Macmillan).
(3) I am also the Associate Editor for the Nonnative English-speakers in TESOL section of the upcoming TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching—a collaborative project by TESOL International Association and Wiley.

My scholarship appeared in prestigious research-oriented journals such TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, World Englishes, Language Teaching Research, ELT Journal, System, TESOL Journal, English Today, Asian Englishes, and Current Issues in Language Planning, as well as in widely-circulated practitioner-oriented venues such as CATESOL Journal, Essential Teacher, NNEST Interest Section Newsletter and WATESOL Newsletter.

I regularly present my work in international arenas such as TESOL Convention, AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) Conference, SLRF (Second Language Research Forum), Language Teacher Education Conference, as well as in local venues such as Washington Area TESOL Conference. I serve on the Editorial Boards of TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, International Multilingual Research Journal, Turkish Online Journal of English Language Teaching, and Asian EFL Journal. In addition, I review papers for many journals in the field, including TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Educational Policy, System, Language Teaching, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, International Multilingual Research Journal, TESOL Journal, Asian EFL Journal and The Asia-Pacific Education Journal.

I have received many awards including Leadership Mentoring Award (2014), Ruth Crymes Academies Fellowship (2011), Professional Development Scholarship (2008) by TESOL International Association; Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant (2012), Lilly Graduate Fellowship (2011), SPARC Doctoral Dissertation Grant (2010), UMD College of Education Scholarship (2008, 2010), and TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (2011) by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education. More recently, I received the prestigious “30 Up and Coming” recognition by TESOL International Association for my research, teaching, publishing, and leadership.

Contact Details

Ali Fuad Selvi
Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program
Academic Hall-2 SZ-35
METU, Northern Cyprus Campus
Kalkanli, Guzelyurt
via Mersin 10, Turkey




1. The Encyclopedia of ELT (2016/forthcoming). Wiley/TESOL. (Area Editor: Non-native English-speaking Teachers)
2. Selvi, A. F., & Rudolph, N. (2016/contracted). Conceptual shifts and contextualized practices in education for glocal interaction: Issues and implications. Springer.
3. Selvi, A. F., & de Oliveira, L. (2016/under review). Multilingual professionals in TESOL: Issues, perspectives and prospects. Palgrave Macmillan.
4. Selvi, A. F., & Yazan, B. (2013). Teaching English as an international language. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

5. *Selvi, A. F., & Martin-Beltrán, M. (in press). Teacher-learners’ engagement in the re-conceptualization of Second Language Acquisition knowledge through inquiry. System.
6. Selvi, A. F. (in press). The role of teacher education at a crossroads of tensions and opportunities. Asian Englishes.
7. Akcan, S., Aydın, B., Karaman, A. C., Korkmazgil, S., Özbilgin, A., Seferoğlu, G., & Selvi, A. F. (in press). Qualities and qualifications of EFL professionals: What do Intensive English Program (IEP) administrators think? TESOL Journal.
8. Selvi, A. F. (2016). English as the language of marketspeak. English Today, X(XX), 1-7.
9. Rudolph, N., Selvi, A. F., & Yazan, B. (2015). Conceptualizing and confronting inequity: Approaches within and new directions for the “NNEST movement”. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 12(1), 27-50.
10. Selvi, A. F. (2014). Myths and misconceptions about the non-native English speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Movement. TESOL Journal, 5(3), 573-611.
11. Selvi, A. F. (2014). Medium of instruction debate in Turkey: Oscillating between national ideas and bilingual ideals. Current Issues in Language Planning, 15(2), 133-152.
12. Berger, A., Buzinski, S., Dean, P., Donofrio, T., Fox, A., Heighton, L., Selvi, A. F., Stocker, L. (2013). Evaluating active learning pedagogies: Faculty perceptions of civic engagement and service learning. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 4(1), 45-75.
13. *Selvi, A. F. (2011). The non-native speaker teacher. ELT Journal, 65(2), 187-189.
14. *Selvi, A. F. (2011). World Englishes in the Turkish sociolinguistic context. World Englishes, 30(2), 182-199.
15. Selvi, A. F. (2010). ‘All teachers are equal, but some teachers are more equal than others’: Trend analysis of job advertisements in English language teaching. WATESOL NNEST Caucus Annual Review, 1, 156-181.
16. Selvi, A. F. (2009). A call to graduate students to reshape the field of English language teaching. Essential Teacher, 6(3-4), 49-51.
17. Sağın-Şimsek, Ç., Selvi, A. F. & Üzüm, B. (2007). Attitudes towards German language and culture: Reflections from Turkey. Zeitschrift für Interkulturellen Fremdsprachenunterricht, 12(3), 1-13.
18. Selvi, A. F. (2007). A non-traditional approach to American English: VOA’s Special English. Essential Teacher, 4(1), 40-41.

*Indexed in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)

Book Chapters

19. Selvi, A. F. (forthcoming, 2017). Foreword: Conceptualizing and approaching identity and inequity: An account of a shifting paradigm. In B. Yazan & N. Rudolph (Eds.), Teacher identities, privilege and marginalization in English language teaching: Beyond essentialization and idealization. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
20. Selvi, A. F. & Rudolph, N. (forthcoming, 2017). Non-native English teachers’ professional identities: Implications and challenges for teacher education. In J. D. Martinez Agudo (Ed.), Native and non-native teachers in English language teaching. De Gruyter.
21. Selvi, A. F., & Yazan, B. (forthcoming, 2016). English as International Language pedagogy: A sustainable alternative for teaching English in the GCC region. In A. Mahboob, T. Elyas, & K. Bawazadeh (Eds.), Educational challenges in the GCC in the 21st century. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
22. McClure, K., Yazan, B., & Selvi, A. F. (2016). Reframing the national narrative: Curricula reform and history textbooks in Turkey’s EU era. In J. H. Williams (Ed.), (Re)constructing memory: School textbooks, identity, and the pedagogies and politics of imagining community(pp. 295-321). Boston: Sense Publishers.
23. Selvi, A. F., Rudolph, N., & Uzum, B. (2016). Equity and professionalism in English Language Teaching: A glocal perspective. In C. Hastings & L. Jacob (Eds.), Social justice in English Language Teaching (pp. 83-96). TESOL Press.
24. Selvi, A. F. (2016). Native or non-native English-speaking professionals in ELT: “That is the question!” or “Is that the question?” In F. Copland, S. Garton & S. Mann (Eds.), LETs and NESTs: Voices, views and vignettes (pp. 51-67). London: British Council.
25. Selvi, A. F. & Peercy, M. M. (2016). Diversity within TESOL teacher education. In J. Crandall & M. A. Christison (Eds.), Teacher education and professional development in TESOL (pp. 83-97). New York: TIRF/Routledge.
26. Selvi, A. F. (2013). Towards EIL teacher education: Exploring challenges and potentials of MATESOL programs in the United States. In N. T. Zacharias, & C. Manara (Eds.), Contextualizing the pedagogy of English as an International Language: Issues and tensions (pp. 42-58). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
27. Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M. M., & Selvi, A. F. (2012). Collaboration to teach elementary English Language Learners: Confronting challenges and bridging gaps through shared tools and vision. In A. Honigsfeld & M. Dove (Eds.), Co-teaching and other collaborative practices in the EFL/ESL classroom: Rationale, research, reflections, and recommendations (pp. 111-120). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Book Reviews

28. Selvi, A. F. (2015). The TESOL practicum: A tale of three books [Review of the books Practice teaching, by Jack C. Richards and Thomas S. C. Farrell, Language teacher professional development by, Thomas S. C. Farrell, and Advances and current trends in language teacher identity research, by Yin Lin Chung, Selim Ben Said and Kwanghyun Park]. CATESOL Journal, 27(2), 249-257.
29. *Selvi, A. F. (2015). [Review of the book Native speakers and native users: Loss and gain, by Alan Davies]. World Englishes, 34(3), 507-510.
30. *Yazan, B., & Selvi, A. F. (2012). [Review of the book The NNEST lens – Non native English speakers in TESOL, by Ahmar Mahboob]. Language Teaching Research, 16(3), 435-439.
31. *Selvi, A. F. (2011). [Review of the book English language learners: The essential guide, by David Freeman and Yvonne Freeman]. TESOL Quarterly, 45(2), 386-389.
32. *Selvi, A. F., & Yazan, B. (2011). [Review of the book Nonnative speaker English teachers: Research pedagogy, and professional growth, by George Braine]. Applied Linguistics, 32(4), 466-469.

Teaching Experience

Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus
Assistant Professor (2013-present)
ENLT 529 – Global English: Political, Economic and Ethnical Considerations (Graduate)
ENLT 526 – Approaches, Methods and Techniques in English Language Teaching (Graduate)
ENLT 508 – Contemporary Issues in English Language Teaching (Graduate)
ENLT 506 - Second Language Acquisition (Graduate)

EFL 413 – English Language Testing and Evaluation (Undergraduate)
EFL 315 - Contrastive Turkish-English Structure (Undergraduate)
EFL 279 - Sociolinguistics and Intercultural Communication (Undergraduate)
EFL 278 - Global English (Undergraduate)
EFL 254 - ELT Methodology II (Undergraduate)
EFL 121 – Contextual Grammar and Composition (Undergraduate)

University of Maryland
Lecturer (2011-2013)
EDCI 732 – Second Language Acquisition (Graduate – Capstone course)
EDCI 689 – Teaching Internship – TESOL (Graduate)
EDCI 410 – Methods I: K-12 Foreign Language Methods and Technology (Undergraduate/Graduate)

University of Maryland
Teaching Assistant (2007-2012)
EDCI 732 – Second Language Acquisition (Graduate – Capstone)
EDCI 434 – Pedagogy of Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) (Undergraduate)
EDCI 732 – Second Language Acquisition (Graduate – Capstone)
EDCI 688B – Practice and Theory in Teaching Second Language Learners (Graduate)
EDCI 638 – Teaching ESOL Reading and Writing in the Secondary Content Areas (Graduate)

Middle East Technical University
Instructor (2005-2007)
FLE 127 – Spoken English I (Undergraduate)
FLE 128 – Spoken English II (Undergraduate)

Atilim University
Instructor of Academic English (2005-2007)
Pre-undergraduate academic English

K-12 Public School Teaching Experience
Instructor of Academic English (2005-2007)
Rıdvan & Binnaz Ege Anatolian High School (9th grade)
Hasan Ali Yücel Teacher Training High School (9th grade)
Bilim Private Elementary School (2nd grade)

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