Illinois: Remembering Elliot Judd, whose major area of research was in language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Dec 12 18:26:36 UTC 2008

Remembering Elliot Judd

I found out today that Elliot Judd passed away. He was a linguistics
professor at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and even though
I never took a class with him, I did talk to him sometimes, and he was
one of the few nice people in that department. He was helpful and was
really passionate about language, teaching, and English acquisition,
and even though he had a good job and was intelligent, he wasn't
arrogant, and seemed to be truly interested in people.

Here is his bio from his university page:

Elliot Judd's major area of research is in language policy, especially
in the United States. More specifically, he is interested in the
socio-political factors that have shaped American language policy,
both past and present, in the areas of teaching English to immigrants,
teaching foreign language to native-born Americans, dialect usage, and
policies that promote the maintenance or loss of languages other than
Engllish, including programs dealing with bilingual education. He has
also studied language policies and practices for English teaching in
other countries around the world. Another area that he has written on
is TESOL methodology, and curriculum and materials development for
both adults and children. He has helped design materials and
teacher-training programs for use in adult, community-based education
programs, content-based mathematics for ESL elementary students, and
in academic programs for adult ESL/EFL learners. Judd served as
President of the International TESOL Association from 2006-07.

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