William Stone wearing glasses and a bow tie smiles.
Professor Emeritus
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5870
Courses Taught
TESL 310: English Grammar: Description and Instruction
TESL 341: Principles of Language Teaching
TESL 402: Principles of Linguistics for Teachers
TESL 410: Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language
TESL 414: Theories of Teaching English as a Second Language
TESL 420: Structure of Modern English
TESL 426: Advanced Linguistic Analysis
TESL 430: Structure of Language
TESL 447: Pragmatics
Research Interests
Affective aspects of language teaching, humor, religion.

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Northwestern University


William J. Stone holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Northwestern University; his dissertation was on African American Vernacular English with a focus on syllable structure. He has an M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. He received his B.A. in French and Geography from the University of Wolverhampton in England and a post-graduate teaching diploma in French and English from St. Paul’s College, Cheltenham, England. He taught English as a foreign language in Tunisia, Qatar and Oman for a total of 13 years and English as a second language in the Chicago area for nine years. His current research interests are affective aspects of TESL, humor and engaged learning. He is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, where he has taught Linguistics, TESL and ESL courses for the past 22 years.

His interests include African American English, pronunciation issues, grammar teaching, religion and humor both inside and outside the classroom. These interests are frequently combined. His most recent research has been in religion and humor and affective aspects of language teaching.

Room LWH 3062
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5870
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus