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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
    • Crosslinguistic influence
    • Grammatical development
    • Psycholinguistics
  • Research methodology

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 597 Usage-Based Approaches to Second Language Learning and Teaching
  • APLNG 593 Experimental Research on Language
  • APLNG 591 Second Language Acquisition
  • APLNG 580 Proseminar in Applied Linguistics

Selected Publications


McManus, K. & Marsden E. (in press). Signatures of automaticity during practice. Explicit instruction about L1 processing routines can improve L2 grammatical processing. Applied Psycholinguistics.

Porte, G. & McManus, K. (in press). Doing Replication Research in Applied Linguistics. New York: Routledge.

McManus, K. & Marsden, E. (2018). Online and offline effects of L1 practice in L2 grammar learning. A partial replication. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 40(2), 459-475.

McManus, K. & Marsden, E. (2017). L1 explicit instruction can improve L2 online and offline performance. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 39(3), 459-492.

McManus, K., Vanek, N., Leclercq, P., & Roberts, L. (Eds.) (2017). Tense, Aspect, and Modality in L2 (TAML2). Special Issue, International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 55(3), 221-345.

Mitchell, R.F., Tracy-Ventura, N., & McManus, K. (2017). Anglophone Students Abroad: Identity, Social Relationships and Language Learning. New York: Routledge.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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., 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., 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.

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.

Professional Awards and Achievements

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

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-16)

Recent Funding

U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program. Project title: Instructional practices, proficiency assessment and language development in dual-language immersion classrooms: A longitudinal study. Role: Co-PI (2017-2020).

U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program. Project title: The Careers of Language Study Abroad Alumni: A Comprehensive Investigation. Role: Co-PI (2017-2020).

British Academy, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Project title: The Role of Explicit Information in Remapping Meaning in a Second Language: An Experimental Intervention Study. Role: PI (2013-2016).