Stephen L. Walter, Ph.D.


7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd.
Dallas, TX 75236 U.S.A.
Phone: 972-708-7556



Current positions

Other experience


Language proficiency

Research interests

Selected publications

Publications in SIL International Bibliography

2008. “The language of instruction issue: framing an empirical perspective. ” In Handbook of Educational Linguistics, Bernard Spolsky and Francis Hult (eds). Blackwell, London: UK.

2005. Eritrea National Reading Survey (with Patricia M. Davis). Report presented to the Eritrea Ministry of Education. Pp. 1-503

2003. “Does language of instruction matter?” In Language and Life: Essays in Memory of Kenneth L. Pike. Mary Ruth Wise and T. Headland, and R. Brend, eds. Publications in Linguistics, No.139. Dallas: SIL International and the University of Texas at Arlington.

1994. “Mother tongue literacy–the Work of the S.I.L. ” In Writing and its Use–an Interdisciplinary Handbook of International Research. . pp.798-802. New York: Walter de Gruyter Press.

1994. “Language policy, literacy and minority languages - What can we expect? ” (with Kay R. Ringenberg). Policy Studies Review, pp. 341-366.

1991. (Vol. ed.) Can literacy lead to development? A case study in literacy, adult education and economic develoment in India, by Uwe Gustafsson. Publication in Linguistics, No. 97. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington.

1981. “Multicultural communication and education. ” (With Marvin K. Mayers). Harvard Educational Review, 179-184.

Selected papers presented

2008. “Designing educational assessments for experimental mother tongue education programs. ” GIAL Academic Forum Series, Dallas, TX.

2007. “Is this camel carrying too much stray? ” Comparative and International Education Conf., Baltimore, MD.

2005. “Reinventing education in Eritrea. ” Paper presented at SIL/UND Forum Series in Linguistics. Grand Forks, ND.

2005. “Designing a research program in mother tongue education. ” GIAL Forum Series. Dallas, Texas.

2004. “Bilingual education in Guatemala. ” GIAL Forum Series. Dallas, Texas.

2003. “Learning English in Eritrea. ” GIAL Forum Series, Dallas, Texas.

2003. “Mother tongue education in Eritera. ” GIAL Forum Series,Dallas, Texas.

2002. “National Reading Survey. ” Report presented to the Ministry of Education , Seminar in Education, Asmara, Eritrea.

2000. “Recent research in bilingual education: How extensible? ” SIL/UND Forum Series in Linguistics, Grand Forks, ND.

1999. “What we know about Adult Literacy–The experience of one NGO. ” World Bank, Washington, DC.

1997. “World literacy - issues and trends. ” SIL/UND Forum Series in Linguistics, Valley City, ND.

1993. “Mother tongue literacy and education in the minority languages of the Peoples' Republic of China. ” Paper presented in Indiana University Literacy Forum. Bloomington, Indiana.

Selected online publications

2000. “Explaining multilingual education: information on some tough questions. ” In Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session 2000. Vol 44. Online. URL: