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Phone: (703) 993-8710
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1505
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B3
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Marjorie Hall Haley is tenured Professor of Education and Director of Foreign Language Teacher Licensure in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is a former Spanish, French, German, and ESL teacher of 14 years. Dr. Haley holds a PhD in Foreign Language Education and English as a Second Language from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also earned a Master's degree in education and advanced studies certificates from Towson University and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

In her 21st year at George Mason University, she teaches Foreign Language methods and ESL methods courses as well as doctoral courses in Brain-compatible Teaching and Learning, Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Research. She is actively involved in ongoing action research projects with teachers at local, national, and international levels. She has conducted four international teacher action research studies focused on the impact of implementing the Multiple Intelligences theory in foreign/second language classes. These studies included over 3,000 students in 14 states and 6 countries. In 2002 George Mason University awarded her its Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching.

Dr. Haley's research and publication record is wide. It includes her newest book, Content-Based Second Language Teaching and Learning: An Interactive Approach (2004), book chapters, articles, and scholarly essays. Her current book project is, Brain-compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners (2009). In addition, she is a featured scholar in the WGBH and Annenberg/CPB video, "Valuing Diverse Learners" available at

Research Interests

  • Assessing language proficiency of pre-service teachers
  • Multiple intelligences theory and learner-centered instruction
  • Technology and language learning strategies

Recent Publications

Brain-Compatible Differentiated InstructionContent-Based Second Language Teaching and LearningContent-Based Second Language Teaching and Learning: An Interactive Approach

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