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alatis James E. Alatis, Co-Director
Dr. Alatis is Dean Emeritus of the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University. He is also Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek and Senior Advisor to the Dean of Georgetown College for International Language Programs and Research. Dean Alatis served as the first Executive Director of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from1966-1987. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the SLL, Dr. Alatis was employed by the U.S. Department of State as English Teaching and Testing Specialist, and the U.S. Office of Education where he worked in language research and materials development in the less commonly-taught languages. Dean Alatis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS), and the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL).
anna Anna Uhl Chamot, Co-Director
Dr. Chamot is Professor of Secondary Education (ESL and Foreign Language Education) in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development of the George Washington University. She has directed a number of studies investigating the language development of second and foreign language learners and has authored books and articles on language learning strategies. She codesigned and has written extensively about the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) and spent seven years implementing the CALLA model in the Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. She holds a Ph.D. in ESL and applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Anup P. Mahajan, Executive Director
Anup P. Mahajan is the Executive Director of The National Capital Language Resource Center. Anup leads the organization and provides vision and direction across all of the center's activities. Additionally, he serves as the Director of DesiLearn, the nation's only initiative to identify, marshal, and strengthen community-based institutions involved in the teaching of fifteen Indian and AfPak languages at the K-12 level. Anup earned his M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University and has over seven years of leadership experience as a management consultant for Fortune 500 companies in the global corporate HR industry. He draws on a diverse academic background of practitioner research in sociolinguistics, the social sciences, economics and language study (Latin, Ancient Greek, French, Marathi, and Hindi).


Sheila Wands Cockey, The Language Resource Editor
Sheila is retired from 35 years of teaching high school Spanish, and 11 years of teaching community college courses. She now works as a consultant, teaching and writing about foreign language topics, for a variety of language-oriented governmental and non-profit entities. She holds a B.A. from Mary Washington College in Spanish, an MA in Liberal Studies from Mary Washington College with an emphasis on Spanish and Hispanic Studies, and an MA in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University. Sheila has contributed to NCLRC for 6 years and recently wrote 4 chapters for the updated version of The Essentials of Language Teaching, soon to be re-published on our website. Her volunteer efforts focus on interpreting, editing, and web page design and development.


Margaret Malone, Senior Testing Associate, Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
As Senior Testing Associate, Margaret E. Malone directs projects related to test development and research. Her current areas of interest include oral proficiency assessment and program evaluation as well as improving understanding of language testing by educators. Her current projects include a research study of user beliefs about the Internet-based TOEFL, development of online courses to increase educators’ knowledge of language assessment and development of the multimedia rater training program for Arabic. Dr. Malone received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University and has directed language testing for Peace Corps-Worldwide and taught language testing and teaching methods at American University and Georgetown University.

cathy Catharine Keatley, Senior Researcher
Dr.Keatley served as a TESOL teacher in the Peace Corps in Senegal, received an M.A. in Remedial Reading and Learning Disabilities from New York University, and later received her Ph.D. from Hong Kong University in Cognitive Psychology with a specialization in the organization of bilingual memory. Most recently, Dr. Keatley has served as senior analyst of the NCLRC “Learning Strategies in Elementary Immersion Programs” research project and Project Director of Project Accelerated Literacy, a study of literacy acquisition in low-literacy ESOL high students. Dr. Keatley has beenProject Director of the NCLRC since 2001.

Dora Johnson, Arabic K-12 Project Consultant
Dora has worked at CAL for over four decades. Most of her projects have involved addressing various aspects of the less commonly taught languages. She has conducted and published surveys on materials and needs. She has developed language learning materials LCTLs and worked on literacy issues for adults whose language is other than English. She directs the Arabic K-12 Project that is focused on increasing the teaching and learning of Arabic in the U.S. and in supporting teachers and administrators in their efforts. Ms. Johnson holds an M.A. in Linguistics from the Hartford Seminary Foundation.


Susana Echeverría-Corlett, Webmaster and Graphic Designer
Susana holds a Web Design Certificate from, and studied Graphic Design in her home country Ecuador, she also holds a Bachelors in Languages Applied to Internations Relations, from the University of Paris X-Nanterre (France).
She speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese fluently.

christine Christine Foster Meloni, Culture Club Editor
Dr. Meloni is Associate Professor Emeritus in English as a Foreign Language at the George Washington University. She holds a B.A. from Wells College and an M.A. from the Middlebury College Graduate School of Italian in Florence, Italy in Italian language and literature. She also holds Master's degrees in the philosophy of education from the University of Rome and in linguistics from American University. She has a doctorate in higher ed/international education from the George Washington University. She has taught ESL/EFL in Italy and Washington, DC. She has also taught Latin and Italian. Christine is currently teaching ESL at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA.

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