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Kevin McManus

Kevin McManus

Gil Watz Early Career Professor in Language and Linguistics

Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics

Associate Director, Center for Language Acquisition

209 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-8468

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition, Newcastle University, U.K.
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Aston University, U.K.
  • B.Sc. (Hons), French and German, Aston University, U.K.

Areas of Specialization

  • Second Language Acquisition
    • Cross-linguistic influence
    • Morphosyntactic development
  • Classroom learning and teaching
    • Explicit knowledge
    • First language use in learning and teaching
  • Psycholinguistics

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 580 Proseminar in Applied Linguistics
  • APLNG 591 Second Language Acquisition
  • Crosslinguistic Influence in Second Language Acquisition
  • Grammar learning and Teaching in a Second Language

Selected Publications


Mitchell, R.F., Tracy-Ventura, N., & McManus, K. (2017). Anglophone students abroad: Identity, social relationships and language learning. New York: Routledge

Mitchell, R.F., Tracy-Ventura, N., & McManus, K. (Eds.) (2015). Social interaction, identity and language learning during residence abroad. EUROSLA Monographs series

Roberts, L., McManus, K., Vanek, N., & Trenkic, D. (Eds.) (2015). EUROSLA Yearbook 15. Amsterdam: John Benjamins


McManus, K. & Marsden, E. (accepted). Online and offline effects of L1 practice in L2 grammar learning. A partial replication. Studies in Second Language Acquisition

McManus, K. & Marsden, E. (in press). L1 explicit instruction can improve L2 online and offline performance. Studies in Second Language Acquisition

Tracy-Ventura, N., Dewaele, J.M., Köylü, Z., & McManus, K. (2016). Personality changes
after the ‘Year Abroad’? A mixed-methods study. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 1, 107-126

McManus, K. (2015). L1-L2 differences in the acquisition of form-meaning pairings: A comparison of English and German learners of French. Canadian Modern Language Review, 71, 51-77

McManus, K. & Mitchell, R.F. (2015). Subjunctive use and development in L2 French: A longitudinal study. Language, Interaction and Acquisition, 6, 42-73

McManus, K., Mitchell, R.F., & Tracy-Ventura, N. (2014). Understanding insertion and integration in a study abroad context: The case of English-speaking sojourners in France. Revue française de linguistique appliquée, 14, 97-116

McManus, K. (2013). Prototypical influence in second language acquisition: what now for the Aspect Hypothesis? International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 51, 299-322


Tracy-Ventura, N., Mitchell, R., & McManus, K. (2016). The LANGSNAP longitudinal corpus: Design and use. In Alonso Ramos, M. (Ed.). Spanish Learner Corpus Research: Current trends and future perspectives (pp 117-142). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Mitchell, R.F., McManus, K., & Tracy-Ventura, N. (2015). Placement type and language learning during residence abroad. In Mitchell, R.F., Tracy-Ventura, N., &
McManus, K. (Eds.). Social interaction, identity and language learning during residence abroad (pp 115-138). Eurosla Monographs series

McManus, K., Tracy-Ventura, N., Mitchell, R.F., Richard, L., & Romero de Mills, P. (2014). Exploring the acquisition of the French subjunctive: local syntactic context or oral proficiency? In Leclercq, P., Hilton, H., & Edmonds, A. (Eds.). Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from SLA (pp 167-190). Bristol: Multilingual Matters

Tracy-Ventura, N., McManus, K., Norris, J.M., & Ortega, L. (2014). “Repeat as much as you can”: Elicited imitation as a measure of oral proficiency in L2 French. In Leclercq, P., Hilton, H., & Edmonds, A. (Eds.). Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from SLA (pp 143-166). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Professional Awards and Achievements

Gil Watz Early Career Professorship in Language and Linguistics (2016-19)

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-16)