Tony Silva

Tony Silva

Professor // English
Emeriti Faculty

Professor // Linguistics // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

Professor // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

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Ph.D., Purdue University 1990



Second Language Writing

Tony Silva directs the ESL Writing Program in the Department of English at Purdue University, where he teaches graduate courses for Ph.D., M.A., and Certificate students and writing support courses for graduate and undergraduate international students. He has also directed the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies/ESL. To date, he has chaired, co-chaired, or been a member of nearly 100 doctoral and 40 master’s committees. In addition, he has won eleven departmental Excellence in Teaching Awards.

With Ilona Leki, he founded and edited the Journal of Second Language Writing from 1992-2007; he continues to co-assemble the Journal’s annotated bibliography. With Paul Kei Matsuda he founded and hosts the (now annual and international) Symposium on Second Language Writing.

He has co-edited or co-authored a number of books, including: L2 Writing in Secondary Classrooms: Student Experiences, Academic Issues, and Teacher Education (2013); Practicing Theory in Second Language Writing (2010); A Synthesis of Research on Second Language Writing in English (2008); Research on Second Language Writing: Perspectives on the Construction of Knowledge (2005); Landmark Essays on ESL Writing (2001); and On Second Language Writing (2001).

He has published articles in a number of journals, including, College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, ELT Journal, Foreign Languages and their Teaching, Journal of Second Language Writing, Modern Language Journal, TESL Canada Journal, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, Writing Program Administration, and Written Communication.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Journal of EFL Writing Teaching and Research and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Basic Writing, the Journal of Writing Assessment, TESL Canada Journal, and Writing Program Administration.

He is an active member of TESOL, where he has organized the Graduate Student Forum, served as a member of the Search Committee for the Editor of TESOL Quarterly, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Second Language Writing Interest Section, and, currently, as a member of the TESOL Board of Directors; he has also served CCCC as a member of the Committee on Second Language Writing, the Special Interest Group on Second Language Writing, and the Executive Board.

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