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PhD. Anthropology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Dissertation: National Bilingualism in Paraguay

M.A. Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

B.A. Linguistics (with a minor in ESL), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Language Counseling editor. System, vol 35, no. 1, 2007.

A Guide for the Teaching of Second Language Listening ed. by D. Mendelsohn and J. Rubin. Dominie Press, Inc., 1995.

English Works! with S. McKay and I. Mansoor. Addison-Wesley Longman, 1995.

How to Be a More Successful Language Learner with I. Thompson. Heinle & Heinle, Boston, 1982. (2nd edition, 1994). Translated into Basque, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Learner Strategies in Language Learning, ed. by A. Wenden and J. Rubin. Prentice-Hall, International. 1987.

Language Planning: Proceedings of an Institute, ed. by Annamalai, Jernudd and Rubin. Central Institute of Indian Languages and Culture Learning Institute, East-West Center 1986.

Directory of Language Planning Organizations. East-West Culture Learning Institute, Honolulu, HI. 1979.

References for Students of Language Planning with B. Jernudd. East-West Culture Learning Institute, Honolulu, HI. 1979.

Language Planning Processes (Rubin, Jernudd, Das Gupta, Fishman, and Ferguson). Mouton & Co., The Hague, 1977.

Language Planning in the U.S., ed. by J. Rubin, Vol. II (1976), (l976). International J. of the Sociology of Language.

Sociolinguistics in Southeast Asia, ed. by J. Rubin. Vol. 5 (1975). International J. of the Sociology of Language.

Language Planning: Current Issues and Research, ed. by J. Rubin and R. Shuy. Georgetown U. Press, Washington, D.C., 1973.

Can Language Be Planned: Sociolinguistic Theory and Practice For Developing Nations, ed. by J. Rubin & B.H. Jernudd. East-West Center Press, 1971, Honolulu, HI. Paperback edition, 1974.

National Bilingualism in Paraguay. Mouton & Co., The Hague, 1968. Bilinguismo Nacional en el Paraguay. Instituto Indigenista Interamericano, Mexico, 1974. Chap. 7 reprinted in Readings in The Sociology of Language, ed. by J.A. Fishman, 1968. Chap. 5 reprinted in Sociolinguistics: Selected Readings, ed. by J.B. Pride and J. Holmes, 1972.


On Language Teacher Education

"Empowering teachers to promote learner self-management" with C. Acero. Learner strategy Instruction in the language classroom ed by A. Chamot and V. Harris. In press: Multilingual Matters.

"Language Teacher Education: Challenges in Promoting a Learner-centered Perspective" Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, November, 2010. Special issue on Learner Autonomy ed. by Leslie Bobb. [PDF]

"Components of a Teacher Education Curriculum for Learner Strategies" with A. Cohen, C. Hosenfeld, R. Oxford, A. Chamot, R. Curtis, and A. Wenden. TESOL Colloquium 1994, 28th Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD. ERIC, 1995 (ED 376 701)

On Learner Strategies and Language Learning Management

"Using Goal Setting and Task Analysis to Enhance Task-Based Language Learning and Teaching" Dimension 2015, 62-74. SCOLT. [PDF]

"Teaching Language-Learning Strategies" 2013. In C.A. Chapelle (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics Blackwell Publishing Ltd. [PDF]

"Learner Strategies: Theoretical Assumptions, Research History and Typology," in A. Wenden and J. Rubin, Learner Strategies in Language Learning, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall International, 1987, pp. 15-30. Reprinted in P. Hedge, N. Andon, and M. Dewey, English Language Teaching: Major Themes in Education, Routledge, 2009.

"Past, Present and Future of a Mexican Self-Access Center: The Case of the SAC at UBAJO" with A. Clemente. 2008. MEXTESOL 32:2:23-38. [PDF]

"From 'The Good Language Learner' to 'Learner Self-Management'" Forthcoming. In R. Oxford. Teaching and Researching Language Learner Strategies. Longmans. [PDF]

"Reflections on the Good Language Learner" 2008. In C. Griffiths, ed. Lessons from the Good Language Learner. Cambridge University Press.

"The Role of Task Analysis in Promoting Learner Self-Management" with P. McCoy. In C. Griffiths ed. Lessons from Good Language Learners. 2008. Cambridge University Press. [PDF]

"Intervening in the Use of Strategies" with A. Chamot, N. Anderson and V. Harris 2007. In A. Cohen and E. Macaro (eds.) Language Learner Strategies: 30 Years of Research and Practice Oxford: Oxford University Press. [PDF]

Interview with J. Rubin: "Language Learning Strategies After 30 Years of Research" ILI Language Teaching Journal vol 2. no 2. 2006.

"The Expert Language Learner: a Review of Good Language Learner Studies." In Expertise in Second Language Learning ed. by K. Johnson, pages 37-63. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

"Seis Maneiras de Promover a Aprendizagem Auto-Gerenciada" (Six Ways to Promote Learner Self-Management). In O Desenvolvimento da Autonomia no Ambiente de Aprendizagem de Linguas Estrangeiras. II Forum International de Ensino de Linguas Estrangeiras. Universidade Catolica de Pelotas e Universidade Federal de Pelotas. (Brazil) 2003.

"Diary Writing as a Process: Simple, Useful, Powerful." Guidelines, vol. 25, no.2. RELC (Singapore) 2003. [PDF]

"Language Learner Self-Management" 2000. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 10:1/2.

Gakushuu sutoratejii no kyooju (Teaching of Learner Strategies). 1999. In Nihongo kyooiku to nihongo gakushuu: Gakushuu sutoratejii ron ni mukete (Japanese Language Teaching and Learning: Towards a Theory of Learner Strategies, ed. by S. Miyazaki and J.V. Neustupny. Tokyo: Juroshio Shuppan. Translated by R. Neustupny.

"Learning Processes and Learning Strategies" In V. Galloway and C. Herron (eds.) Research Within Reach II. Southern Conference on Language Teaching. Valdosta, GA: SCOLT. 1995.

"Comments on Janie Rees-Miller's "A Critical Appraisal of Learner Training: Theoretical Bases and Teaching Implications" with A. Chamot. TESOL Quarterly 28:4:771-776. 1994.

"Come Aiutare Gli Stidenti a Sviluppare il 'Controllo Esecutivo,'" (Helping Language Learners Develop Executive Control). In L. Mariani (ed.) LAutonomia Nell'Apprendimento Linguistico. (1994) Firenze, Italy: La Nuova Italia.

"How Learner Strategies Can Inform Language Teaching," In V. Bickley (ed.), Language Use, Language Teaching and Curriculum. Institute of Language in Education, Education Dept., Hong Kong, 1990.

"Learner Strategies: Assumptions, Research History and Typology," Learner Strategies in Language Learning, ed. by A. Wenden & J. Rubin. Prentice-Hall International 1987.

"Study of Cognitive Processes in Second Language Learning," Applied Linguistics II:2 1981.

"The Foreign Language Requirement: A Suggestion to Enhance Its Educational Role in Teacher Training," with R. Henze, TESOL Newsletter, February, 1981.

"What the Good Language Learner Can Teach Us," TESOL Quarterly, March, 1975. Reprinted: Cross Currents (Japan), Autumn, 1976. Reprinted: Sociolinguistic Aspects of Language Learning and Teaching, ed. by J. Pride, Oxford U. Press (1980). Reprinted in Spanish: Comunicacio'n (Peru), 1981.

On Listening Comprehension, Video and Videodisc

"Listening: The Starting Point for Successful Language Learning" The NCLRC Language Resource 2011:15:8 (September/October).

"Can Strategy Instruction Improve Listening Comprehension?" with I. Thompson . Foreign Language Annals. 1996:29:3:331-342. [PDF]

"Review of Listening Comprehension Research" Modern Language Journal, June, 1994.

"Using Multi-Media for Learner Strategy Instruction," In R. Oxford (ed.) Language Learning Strategies Around the World: Crosscultural Perspectives Manoa: University of Hawaii Press. 1996.

Listening in An Academic Setting. Report prepared for TOEFL, Education Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. August, 1993.

Improving Listening Comprehension in Russian. Report prepared with I. Thompson for the U.S. Dept. of Education, International Research and Studies Program, Washington, D.C. Project number P017A00032. 1993.

"Materials Selection in Strategy Instruction for Russian Listening Comprehension" with I. Thompson. ERIC, ED349796. 1992.

"Improving Foreign Language Listening Comprehension," In J.E. Alatis (ed.) Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 1990 Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. 1990, pp 309-316.

Improving Foreign Language Listening Comprehension Report prepared for the U.S. Dept of Education, International Research and Studies Program, Washington, D.C. Project number 017AH70028. 1988.

"The Language Learning Disc," In Wm. Flint Smith (ed.) Modern Technology in Foreign Language Education: Applications and Projects National Textbook Company, 1988.

"Using the Educational Potential of Videodisc in Language Learning," CALICO VOL. 1, No 4, 1984.

"Towards a Definition of the Role of Interactive Videodisc in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning," Proceedings of the 1982 FLINT Conference, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.

On Sociolinguistics

"Does the Way Women are Referred to and Described Affect Their Participation in Development and Democracy," Festschrift for C.A.Ferguson, J.Fishman et al., Mouton,1986.

"The Special Relation of Guarani and Spanish in Paraguay," Language of Inequality, N.Wolfson and E.Judd, Mouton, 1985.

"How to Tell When Someone is Saying `No' Revisited," Socio-linguistics and Language Acquisition, ed. by N. Wolfson & E. Judd, Newbury House, 1983.

"Towards Bilingual Education in Paraguay," International Dimensions of Bilingual Education, ed. by J. Alatis. Georgetown U. Press, Washington, D.C., 1978.

"How to Tell When Someone is Saying `No'," Topics in Culture Learning, August, 1976. Reprinted: Readings in English: For Students of English as a Second Language, ed. by D. Danielson, H. Hinze-Pocher, D. Glicksberg,R. Hayden. Prentice-Hall, 1979. Reprinted: Research in Culture Learning:Language and Conceptual Studies, ed. by M. Hamnett & R. Brislin. U. Press of Hawaii, 1980.

"Language and Politics from a Sociolinguistic Point of View," Language and Politics: Their Interaction in Formal and Informal Arenas, ed. by W.N. & J. O'Barr, Mouton & Co., 1976.

"The Use of Expletives by Some American Women," with M. Oliver, Anthropological Linguistics, May, 1975.

"El Guarani Dominante y Dominado: Una Respuesta," Suplemento Antropolo'gico (1973/1974) Paraguay.

"Sociolinguistics: New Strategies for the Study of Commun-ication," Review article of Directions in Socio-linguistics, ed. by J. Gumperz & D. Hymes in Reviews in Anthropology, 1.1 (1974).

"Bibliography of Caribbean Creole Languages," Caribbean Studies, January, 1963.

"Bilingualism in Paraguay," Anthropological Linguistics, January, 1962. Articles on Mayan, Aztecan, Incan, Chibchan religions in The New Catholic Encyclopedia.

On Language Change, Language Planning and Evaluation

"Questions for Joan Rubin" by Kendall KIng. (2009). Language Policy 8:403-409.

"Less Commonly Taught Languages in the United States," ed by R.B. Baldauf, Jr., 1995. Viability of Low Candidature LOTE Courses in Universities. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

"Language and Education in Paraguay," Language Problems in Developing Nations, ed. by J.A. Fishman, C.A. Ferguson & J. Das Gupta. Wiley, 1968. Spanish version in Suplemento Antropolo'gico de la Revista del Ateneo Paraguayo, 2.2 (1967). Reprinted: Education in Latin America, ed. by T.J. La Belle, UCLA Press, 1973.

"Towards the Use of Formal Methods in the Detection of Culture Change," VIIth International Congress of Anthro-pological and Ethnological Sciences, 1968. Reprinted: Suplemento Antropolo'gico de la Revista del Ateneo Paraguayo, 4.1.45-62 (1969).

"Evaluation and Language Planning," Working papers in Linguistics (University of Hawaii), 1969.

"A Few Questions About Standardization and the Teaching of Bahasa Indonesia in Sekolah Dasar (Primary School)," Linguistic Communications, 3.72-87. (1971). (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).

"Language Problems and Educational Systems in Indonesia," Language Planning and the Building of a National Language, ed. by B.P. Sibayan & A.B. Gonzalez. Linguistic Society of the Philippines and Language Study Center. Manila, 1977.

"CAL Selected Bibliographies: 3 Language Planning Theory and Documents," The Linguistic Reporter 16.4 (May, 1974).

"CAL Selected Bibliographies: 4 Language Problems in Language Planning," The Linguistic Reporter 16.5 (May, 1974).

"Attitudes Toward Language Planning," Dialectology and Sociolinguistics, Acta Universitatis Umensis, Sweden, 1977.

"New Insights into the Nature of Language Change Offered by Language Planning," Sociocultural Dimensions of Language Change, ed. by B. Blount and M. Sanches, Academic Press, 1977.

"Bilingual Education and Language Planning," Frontiers of Bilingual Education, ed. by B. Spolsky & R. Cooper, Newbury House, 1977. Reprinted: Language Planning and Language Education, ed. by C. Kennedy, George Allen & Unwin, 1984.

"The Approach to Language Planning Within the United States," Language Planning Newsletter 4.4 (November, 1978) and 5.1 (February, 1979).

"State of the Art of Language Planning Implementation Processes," IXth World Congress of Sociology, Uppsala, Sweden, 1978. Reprinted: "Bilan des differents types de mise en oeuvre de la planification linguistique," in L'E'tat et La Planification Linguistique, ed. by A. Martin. Office de la langue francaise, 1981.

"Evaluating Status Planning: What Has the Past Decade Accomplished," Progress in Language Planning: International Perspectives, ed. by J. Cobarrubias and J. Fishman. Mouton & Co., The Hague, 1983.

"Concerning Language Planning in 1979," AILA Bulletin, 25 (1979).

"Planning for Language Code and Language Use: Some Considerations in Policy Formation and Implementation," with E. Annamalai. Language Planning Newsletter 6.3 (1980).

"City Planning and Language Planning," Language Planning: Proceedings of an Institute, ed. by E. Annamalai, B. Jernudd & J. Rubin. Central Institute of Indian Languages and Culture Learning Institute, East-West Center 1986.

"Spanish Language Planning in the United States," Spanish Language Use and Public Life in the United States, ed. by L. Elias-Olivares, E. Leone, R. Cisneros, and J. Gutierrez. Mouton & Co., 1985

"Planning for Language Change in the United States: The Case of Monolingual Spanish Speaker," Language and Power ed. by C. Kramarae, M. Schulz, and W. O'Barr. Sage Publications, Inc., 1984.


Outline Report on the Position of English in India. Washington, D.C.: Center for Applied Linguistics, 1966.

Meeting the Educational Needs of Indochinese Refugee Children. Los Alamitos, Ca.: National Center for Bilingual Research, 1981.

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THE LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES DISC Copyright 1986. (Project Director, Instructional Designer, Subject Matter Expert) (An 8 hour instructional program to teach language learning).

REEP HOUSEKEEPER TRAINING (Project Manager and Instructional Designer) 1991. (A repurposed videodisc to teach ESL communication skills to housekeepers)

ENGLISH WORKS! (Project Manager, Instructional Designer, Producer) 1993. (A ten part video series for Workplace ESL). (Distributed via satellite by PBS Educational Services, in all 50 states of the U.S.)

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Fulbright Scholar, Universidad Central de Ecuador, Centro de Idiomas, Quito (September 27, 2016 - January 26, 2017).

Visiting Professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, Universidad de la Sabana, Bogota, Colombia, (September 19--October 15, 2011).

Guest Professor, Facultad de Idiomas, Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico (January-March, 2008)

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Visiting Scholar (Nov. 2006 - April 2007)

Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Visiting Colleague (January - April, 2006)

Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, Visiting Professor (January - March, 2001 and January-March, 2003)

Johns Hopkins University, National Foreign Language Center, Mellon Fellow (Sept, 1996 - June, 1997)

George Washington University, Dept. of Slavic Languages & Linguistics, Senior Research Scholar (July, 1990-August, 1993)

Arlington County School District, REEP, Project Manager, Interactive Videodisc Project (Aug, 1990-Dec 1991), Video Production Manager and Instructional Designer (Sept, 1991-present)

University of Pennsylvania, Lauder Institute, Wharton School of Business, Associate Director, Language & Cultural Perspectives and Senior Research Fellow (September, 1988 - June, 1990).

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Western Center (at University of California, Berkeley), Research Associate. (October, 1982 - January, 1985).

National Center for Bilingual Research, SWRL, Los Alamitos, California, Senior Researcher. (September, 1980 - September, 1981)

University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Education, Language and Reading Division, Research Associate. (Fall, 1978 -August, 1980)

California State University, Northridge, Dept. of Anthropology, Visiting Professor. (Fall, 1977 - June, 1978)

Faculty, LSA Summer Linguistic Institute, University of Hawaii. (Summer, 1977)

East-West Center, Culture Learning Institute, Honolulu, HI, Senior Fellow. (Aug, 1974 - Aug, 1977)

East-West Culture Learning Institute, Coordinator, Language Planning Program, Honolulu, HI. (June 24 - August 24, 1977)

Summer Linguistic Institute, University of Hawaii, Planning Chair, Language Planning Section, (June 27 - August 18, 1977)

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National Capital Language Resource Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Workshop on Promoting Listening Comprehension, (June, 2006; May 31-June 1, 2007; May, 2008; June 10-11, 2009; June, 2010; June 22-23, 2011)

Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center, Monterey, California. Workshop on Promoting Listening Comprehension (April, 2010; and April 4-8, 2011)

Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico, Workshop on Promoting Learner Self-Management for Language Teachers (June 30--July 4, 2008).

Universidad Autonoma de Oaxaca, Mexico, Workshop on Language Counseling and Consulting on Developing Their Self-Access Center (January 15--March 12, 2008; February 18-March 10, 2009)

Department of Hawaiian and Indo-Pacific Languages, University of Hawaii, Honolulu. Workshop on Building Vocabulary and Improving Listening Comprehension (March 7, 2006)

Tec de Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Workshops on Learner Self-Management (February, 2005)

Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico. Workshops on Promoting Learner Self-Management in Self-Access Centers (Jan.-Feb, 2005)

U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute. Workshop on Promoting Listening Comprehension (December, 2004)

Universidad de las Americas, Department of Languages, Puebla, Mexico. Workshop on Self-Access (April, 2003)

TESOL, Pre-Institute Workshop on Listening Comprehension. Baltimore, MD (March, 2003).

Department of State English Language Specialist Program, Thailand and Cambodia. Workshops on Listening Comprehension, Learner Self-Management, Vocabulary Learning, Self-Access, Learning Strategies at: Chiang Mai University, Ministry of University Affairs Foundation English Curriculum (Bangkok and Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Rai), Teacher Training Center (Phnom Penh) (October, 2002)

Department of State English Language Specialist Program, Mexico. Workshops on Listening Comprehension, Learner Self-management, Self-Access, Learning Strategies at Autonomous University of Tuxla, Gutierrez; University Ibero-America, Puebla; Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Toluca; Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca (October, 2001)

University of Quintana Roo, Chetumal, Mexico. Workshop on Learner Self-Management (March, 2002).

Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico, Workshop on Learner Self-Management for language teachers (April, 2001)

Benemerito Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. Workshop on Learner Self-Management (October, 2001).

Council of Europe, Lingua A project on Language Learner Autonomy, Workshop on Learner Self-Management, Uppsala University, Sweden (April, 1999).

University of Karlstad, Sweden, Workshop on Learner Strategies (March, 1998)

Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, Workshop on Learner Strategies (November, 1997).

LIFT Program, Australian National University, Canberra. Weekend course on learner strategies and learner autonomy for ESL and foreign language teachers (February, 1995)

USIA Academic Specialist Program, Egypt. Strategies workshop for high school and university teachers of English. (October-November, 1993)

USIA Academic Specialist Program, Italy. Workshops for high school and university teachers of English on listening comprehension, learner strategies, and video (Oct. 1991 and Oct-Nov 1992)

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Workshop on Learner Strategies for university teachers of Japanese, (Sept. 1992)

Virginia Institute for Lifelong Learning-ESL, Arlington, VA. Invited Workshop on Using Video for Listening Comprehension, (Aug. 1993, Aug. 1994)

Virginia Institute for Lifelong Learning-ESL, Arlington, VA. Workshop on Learner Strategies (Aug. 1991 & Aug1992)

WATESOL, Washington, D.C. Invited Workshop on Integrating Learner Strategies into the Curriculum (April, 1994)

Maryland Adult Education Professional Development, Summer Institute. Invited Workshop on Integrating Learner Strategies into the Curriculum (July, 1994).

National Cryptologic School, Ft. Meade, Maryland. Invited workshop (Promoting Language Learning and Promoting Communicative Competence. (January, 1984)

Defense Language Institute, San Francisco, CA Invited workshops (Promoting Language Learning. (June, 1985)

National Cryptologic School, Ft. Meade, Maryland. Invited workshop, ET and High Technology Symposium (January, 1983)

University of Texas, Bilingual/Bicultural Studies, San Antonio, TX, Lectures on language acquisition, language planning and relation between language and cognitive development (July, 1980)

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Editor, Language Planning Newsletter (1975-1986)

Editorial Board, International J. of the Sociology of Language

Editorial Board, Language Problems and Language Planning

Publications Committee, American Assn. of Applied Linguistics (1978-1979)

Chair, Language Planning Section, AILA, International Assn of Applied Linguistics (1977-1987)

Member, Nominating Committee, American Anthropological Assn (1984-86)

Member, Nominating Committee, American Assn. of Applied Linguistics (1984-85)

External Examiner (Phd) University of Mysore. Rajyashee Subbayya (1981)

External Examiner (Phd) Melbourne University, Paul Andrew Guba (1998)

External Examiner (Phd) LaTrobe University, Ag. Bambang Setiyadi (2000)

External Examiner (Phd) Sydney University, Fumie Kato (2000)

External Examiner (Phd) La Trobe University, Konder Manurung (2002)

External Examiner (Phd) Benemerito Universidad de Puebla, Connie Johnson (2006)

Research Counselor for the Online Master in English Language for Self-directed Learning, Action Research Projects, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, University of the Sabana, Bogota, Colombia