Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Department of Applied Linquistics

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Department Calendar

Please check the Department Events Calendar for news on student orientations, faculty retreats, and pre-semester training and testing sessions.

Course Registration

Summer 2015 Course Registration:
Opens February 3, 2015


Fall 2015 Course Registration:
Opens March 5, 2015

Spring 2015 - Graduation

PhD and MA students who plan to graduate Spring 2015: Please notify the University of your Intent to Graduate by Monday, January 26. Even if you are unsure about whether or not you will graduate, please complete the steps provided on this website:

Welcome to the Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State University


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The Department of Applied Linguistics at Penn State's University Park campus is part of the College of the Liberal Arts. In teaching, research and service, our mission is to advance understandings of language use and language learning from a range of anthropological, sociological, and psychological perspectives.

Our outstanding faculty are committed to teaching and mentoring students. They are recognized world wide for their topically and geographically diverse research involving a broad spectrum of languages and settings. Areas of specialization include classroom discourse and learning; corpus linguistics; discourse analysis; language and cognition; language, health, and aging; second and foreign language and literacy teaching and learning; sociocultural theory; technology and language learning; teacher education and world Englishes.