Keith S. Folse

Keith S. Folse, Ph.D.

Dr. Folse has taught ESL / EFL for 38 years in the US, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and Japan. He has written 68 books on vocabulary, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, and listening, including the popular Keys to Teaching Grammar (University of Michigan Press) and Great Writing series (National Geographic Learning). He has won many teaching and research awards. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at UCF, including a course on research on vocabulary acquisition in UCF's PhD in TESOL program. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and institutions worldwide, with his most recent international presentations being in Saudi Arabia and Brazil.


  • Ph.D. in TESOL, Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology from University of South Florida (1999)
  • M.A. in TESOL; Thesis:Lexical Variation in Nicaragua/Honduras/ElSalvador from University of Southern Mississippi (1980)
  • B.A. in English with Emphasis in TESOL from University of Southern Mississippi (1978)

Research Interests

Second language vocabulary acquisition; ESL grammar; teacher training; best teaching practices.

Recent Research Activities

Dr. Folse's main research and creative interests include:

  • vocabulary in a second language, especially corpus linguistics involving vocabulary and grammar
  • writing more books on the teaching of grammar
  • writing more books on the teaching of vocabulary
  • writing books about the teaching of English abroad
  • best teaching practices

Selected Publications



  • International TESOL's 50@50 (for those who have made significant contributions to the field of TESOL in the past 50 years)
  • Teaching Incentive Program Award (2004, 2009, 2015)
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) (2004, 2009, 2015)
  • Research Incentive Award (RIA) (2004, 2009)
  • International TESOL Excellence in Teaching Heinle Award (2007)
  • Academic Sabbatical (2007-2008
  • College Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2007)
  • College Distinguished Researcher Award (2005)
  • University Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2004)
  • In-House Research Grant (2004-2005)


Personal:  Languages, TENNIS, travel, writing, international foods!


Invited Plenary or Featured Speaker:

  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Language Teachers (KSAALT), May 2017
  • Panama TESOL, May 2016
  • Instituto Nacional del Profesorado de Ingles, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Argentina, June 2015
  • Centro Colombo-Americano, Bogota, Colombia, May 2015
  • ABLA—Asociacion Centros Binacionales en Latino America, Brazil, September 2014    
  • IX Conference of Teachers of English, Guatemala, July 2014
  • Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA), May 2014
  • Japanese Association of Language Teachers (JALT), October 2013

Updated: Aug 9, 2017

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