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Heather Linville

Educational Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Dr. Linville's main research areas are digital storytelling as translanguaging, advocacy for English learners (ELs), language teacher education, and language ideologies.

Brief biography

Dr. Linville is Associate Professor and Director of TESOL at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She holds a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Linville works to prepare all TESOL and general education pre-service teachers at UWL as advocates for ELs. Her on-going research interests include language teacher education, teacher language ideologies, digital storytelling as translanguaging, and social justice for ELs. Dr. Linville has several publications including the edited volume Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning and the TESOL Zip Guide Advocating for English Learners (both with Dr. James Whiting, Plymouth State University). Dr. Linville is currently Member-at-Large for WITESOL and Chair-Elect of the Teacher Educator Interest Section for TESOL International.


Current courses at UWL

Dr. Linville is on sabbatical during the 2022-23 academic year but typically teaches the following courses:

TSL 250: Educating Multilingual Learners

TSL 345: Intercultural Interactions

TSL 400: TESOL Policies and Programs Models

TSL 420: TESOL Field

TSL 463: TESOL Methods


Teaching history

Dr. Linville began her teaching career as a middle school Spanish teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. She then moved to teaching English as a second language (ESL) to students of all ages worldwide. She has lived and taught in Mexico, Panama, and Indonesia, and settled in La Crosse in 2014.



Heather Linville, Educational Studies, received the award for Fellows@50 Encore: Go Back, Give Back at TESOL International Convention on Mar. 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Linville will return to the site of her 2006-07 English Language Fellowship this summer to work with the Universitas Indonesia to improve English medium instruction in higher education.

Submitted on: Mar. 28, 2019



Heather Linville, Educational Studies, co-authored the book "Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning" published on Jan. 14, 2019 by Routledge. This edited volume explores the various ways teachers advocate for greater access and outcomes in education for English learners.

Submitted on: Feb. 22, 2019



Heather Linville, Modern Languages, was named to the nominating committee of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She will be representing elementary and secondary education programs and, as a member of this eight-person committee, will serve by recruiting and vetting new president-elect and board member candidates for the association.

Submitted on: Dec. 7, 2015