Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Department of Applied Linquistics

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Invited Lectures

Dr. Holbrook Mahn, Professor of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, will deliver the 2014 Gil Watz Memorial Lecture, entitled:

"Vygotsky's Analysis of Meaning Making and its Implications for L2 Teaching/Learning"

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Foster Auditorium (Paterno Library)

Resarch Presentation

Mei-Hsing Tsai
"Usage-based cognitive semantics in L2 collocation"

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: 7 Sparks

APLNG Spring Study Break

All are welcome fo r free food, drinks, conversation, and egg dyeing.

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: 312 Sparks

Applied Linguistics Roundtable Session

The Migration Studies Project presents:
Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka (Musicologist & linguist, Edinburgh University)
"The Monomodality of Multilingualism in Music: Music Composition and Perception"
Tanya Ekanayaka's Website:

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: 123 Electrical Engineering East

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Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Tom Tasker
"Exploring EFL Teacher Professional Development Through Lesson Study: An Activity Theoretical Approach"

Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA

Annual Open House

Department of Applied Linguistics graduate students will present posters and e-portfolios of their recent work. The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) will exhibit materials and resources.
Light refreshments will be provided. Everybody is welcome!

Date: Monday, May 2, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: 7 Sparks


Annual Open House Flyer
IECP Awards Ceremony


Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Location: 104 Keller

APLNG Spring Reception

Further details will be provided on the APLNG listserv.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Home of Dr. Schrauf

Course Registration

Summer 2014 registration is currently open.
Fall 2014 registration opens March 6, 2014.


The Applied Linguistics Round Table is held during the fall and spring
semesters on Fridays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in 123 Electrical Engineering East. For the
complete schedule, including topics and presenters, click here:


CRELLT (Center for Research on English Language Learning and Teaching) Data Sessions


For event details please visit the CRELLT website:


Director of CRELLT: Dr. Joan Kelly Hall, Applied Linguistics


September 26-28, 2013
The Pennsylvania State University

20th Annual Meeting of the Sociocultural (SCT) and Second Language Learning Research Working Group.

Center for Language Acquisition

For details consult 2013 Meeting

November 22, 2013
The Pennsylvania State University

Migration and Language

Migration Studies Project

For details contact: Daisuke Kimura, Ph.D. grad, Applied Linguistics

Migration Studies website

APLNG PhD - Roadmap to Success
APLNG MA - Roadmap to Success

The Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research is very pleased to announce that our application for a new Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education was successful. CALPER will continue its work as a Language Resource Center. With the current grant, CALPER now enters its third funding cycle.

New Online Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Starting in the Spring 2011 semester, the Department of Applied Linguistics is offering its new Online Graduate Certificate Program in TESOL for candidates seeking entry-level English language teaching credentials. The program offers a flexible four-course schedule (12 credits), an interactive online setting, access to Penn State’s vast academic resources, as well as the opportunity to transfer earned credits to the MA TESL program. For admissions information, contact the TESOL program. Find out more information and apply today!

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.