Dr. Alvino E. Fantini holds degrees in anthropology and applied linguistics and has worked in the fields of language education and intercultural communication for over 50 years.
He has worked with languages (ESL and a great variety of other languages) and cultures, in education and training, in intensive and extensive programs, in academia and in field situations, and in the U.S. and abroad, for the U.S. Peace Corps, development projects, and international educational exchange programs. He has consistently worked to bring these fields together and has done significant research resulting in numerous publications on bilingualism, language development, and language and cross-cultural matters, including the seminal work, Language Acquisition of a Bilingual Child, New Ways in Teaching Culture, as part of TESOL’s New Ways Series, and his most recent publication, Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective (2019).
Fantini served on the National Advisory Panel that developed Foreign Language Standards for U.S. education (renamed World-Readiness Standards). He is a past president of the prestigious professional society, SIETAR International (the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research), and recipient of its highest award, “Primus inter Pares.” He has conducted over 600 workshops around the world, taught at universities in Colombia and Bolivia, served as graduate faculty at Matsuyama University in Japan, and is professor emeritus at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, which he helped found in 1963. Fantini currently serves as a volunteer directing World Learning’s Institutional Archives and also as an international consultant.