Penn State College of the Liberal Arts Department of Applied Linquistics

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Congratulations to Dr. James Lantolf!

Congratulations to Dr. Jim Lantolf who has been named the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award by the American Association for Applied Linguistics. This award recognizes and honors a distinguished scholar and his/her service to the profession in general and AAAL in particular.

APLNG Fall Town Hall (8/21/2015)

On Friday, August 21, Faculty and graduate students (MA TESL and PHD) will gather in Sparks 10 for the Fall semester Town Hall meeting from 3:30-5:00. Please join us!

APLNG Fall Reception (8/21/2015)

All APLNG faculty, students, and families are welcome to the Fall Reception from 5:30-7:30 (following the Town Hall meeting) at Bob Schrauf's house -- 1021 Evergreen Road, State College. Light refreshments and munchies!

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.