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Dr. Shondel Nero

Chair, ESL Advisory Board

Dr. Shondel Nero is a Professor of Language Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is an applied linguist whose research examines the politics, challenges, and strategies of educating students who speak and/or write in nonstandard varieties of English, World Englishes, and Creoles. She has extensively researched the linguistic and educational needs of speakers of Caribbean Creole English in the US and the Caribbean as well as related issues on language and identity, and language education policy. A native of Guyana, Professor Nero has authored or edited three books and numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals such as TESOL Quarterly, Linguistics and EducationWorld Englishes, Language Policy, and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. She is the inaugural recipient of the James E. Alatis Prize (2016) for an outstanding article on language policy and planning in educational contexts based on her research as a Fulbright scholar in Jamaica.  Professor Nero directs an annual study-abroad program in the Dominican Republic as a means of developing teachers’ intercultural competence. She serves on the editorial board of the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and also on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Applied Linguistics.