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Deryn P. Verity

Deryn P. Verity

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Director, ESL/EAP Programs

304c Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-6227

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D.,  Linguistics, University of Delaware
  • MATESOL, St. Michael’s College of the Liberal Arts

Areas of Specialization

  • L2 Teacher Education
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Pedagogical Grammar
  • Writing Instruction
  • Online instruction
  • Discourse-functional Grammar
  • Writing Tutor Development

Recent Courses

  • First-year seminar: Performing Language: Language as Social Practice
  • Tutoring Internship
  • Discourse-functional Grammar
  • Exploring L2 Classroom Practice
  • Materials & Curriculum Design for ESL

Selected Publications


Verity, D. P. (2013). Beyond borders, beyond expectations: Online education and responsive teaching. In S. Ben Said & L. Zhang (Eds.), Language teachers and teaching: Global perspectives, local Initiatives (pp. 256-268). Singapore: National Institute of Education.

Verity, D. P. (2013). Secret agents of change: Or, life is a cabaret. Explorations in Teacher Education (Journal of the JALT Teacher Education and Development SIG), 21 (2), 3-8.

Verity, D. P. (2011). The reverse move: Enriching informal knowledge in the pedagogical grammar class. In K. E. Johnson & P. R. Golombek, (Eds.), Research on second language teacher education: A sociocultural perspective on teacher professional development. New York: Routledge.

Verity, D. P. (2010). Big questions: A speaking practice exercise. The Language Teacher.

Verity, D. P. (2009). Intersubjectivity and the writer: Turning a class paper into a journal article. Osaka Jogakuin College Kiyo.

Verity, D. P. (2008). Orienting learners: An imaginary conversation. Learning LearningNewsletter of Learner Development SIG, Japan Association for Language Teaching.

Verity, D. P. (2007) Role play and orientation to task. Center for Human Activity Theory Technical Reports No. 6, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

Verity, D. P. (2006). Vygotskyan concepts for teacher education. PanSIG Lifelong Learning. Conference proceedings.

Verity, D. P. (2000). Side affects: The strategic development of professional satisfaction. In J. P. Lantolf (ed.), Sociocultural approaches to second language learning and teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Professional Awards and Achievements

Co-chair, National Conference of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), (2012, 2009)

Associate Editor, JALT Journal (2004 – 2007)

Academic Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Partnership for Learning program, Rabat (Morocco) and Amman (Jordan)