Leslie A. Foster, M.A.

Senior Language and Culture Learning Consultant


  • M.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, 1988
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of North Carolina, 1979

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Language and Culture Learning Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • Instructor, Institute for Cross-Cultural Training, Wheaton College, Illinois, 2012–
  • Visiting lecturer, Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies, 2004–
  • Training Coordinator, WBT New Zealand and SIL New Zealand, 2003–

Other professional experience and service

  • Guest Lecturer, Language and Culture Acquisition (LACA), Asia Research Institute of Language and Culture (ARILAC), Handong Global University, South Korea, 2007–2011, 2013-2015
  • Visiting Lecturer, Bible College of New Zealand, 2000–2004, 2007
  • Guest Lecturer, LACA, School of Frontier Mission, University of the Nations, Tonga, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, LACA, Alliance Graduate School, Philippines, 2004
  • Guest Tutor, LACA, EQUIP Training, SIL Australia, 2003, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Introductory Grammar, SIL Asia Area, Singapore, 1996
  • Lecturer, Linguistics and English as a Foreign Language, Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia, 1992–1996
  • Guest Lecturer, Introduction to Language and Grammar, Kartidaya, Indonesia, 1994–1995
  • Linguistics Tutor, SIL Asia Area, 1991
  • Lecturer, Phonology and English as a Foreign Language, Pattimura University, Indonesia, 1989–1991

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Indonesian: ILR 2+

Research interests

  • Teaching and coaching in multicultural settings
  • Training non-native English speakers in English
  • Assessment in accredited courses 
  • Coaching remotely with language learners
New Zealand