Reading & Discussion Groups
There are several reading, research, and discussion groups organized by graduate students and/or faculty of the Department. These groups meet on a regular basis during the academic year to explore current trends, research activities and projects in an area of applied linguistics.
Applied Linguistics Roundtable
The departmental roundtable is a forum for members of the department, visiting scholars, and collaborating researchers to report on completed or ongoing research. The roundtable meets bi-weekly during the academic year, with some sessions in the spring semester typically reserved for graduate students to trial papers that they will present at national conferences (such as the annual conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and the convention of TESOL International etc.). The schedule of presentations is prepared by a departmental committee, which consists of graduate students and faculty members. For details about the Applied Linguistics Roundtable, please visit the Roundtable web page.
Conversation Analysis Data Sessions
The Conversation Analysis (CA) Data Sessions grew out of a course as a way to regularly meet and discuss members' data in an informal, productive setting. The web page is available at http://crellt.la.psu.edu/ca-data-session. Contact: Abigail S. Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Corpus Linguistics Reading Group
The Corpus Linguistics Reading Group was started in the fall of 2014 by graduate students and faculty of the department. The group was created in order to facilitate discussion of the newest research in corpus linguistics, to share expertise, and to provide opportunities for research among students interested in using corpus methods. Each week, the Corpus Linguistics Reading Group meets to discuss and critique a recently published article of interest. These meetings have already led to a collaborative replication study, giving members the opportunity to apply their knowledge of corpus linguistics under the guidance of faculty experts. Such initiatives provide graduate students with invaluable practice using cutting-edge corpus research techniques to advance the field of applied linguistics. Contact: Xiaofei Lu at email@example.com
Multilingual Writing Research Group
The Multilingual Writing Research Group (MWRG) is an interdisciplinary, student-led group with members primarily from the departments of Applied Linguistics and English. The group supports research related to multilingual writing and writers through data sessions and workshops of members' individual research projects. Additionally, the MWRG advocates for excellent multilingual writing instruction through creating and leading student and faculty workshops. In the past two years, the MWRG created and led workshops for multilingual graduate student writers through the graduate writing center. Additionally, we have provided professional development workshops for faculty at the Penn State University Park campus as well as the Erie, York, and Scranton campuses and the Dickinson School of Law. Contact: Brooke Ricker Schreiber at
Sociocultural Theory Discussion Group
This discussion group meets on a weekly basis to read and discuss work in philosophy, psychology, and applied linguistics informed by and related to sociocultural theory. The readings and discussions are wide-ranging and are not restricted to socioculturally informed L2 research. The primary goal is to develop a deeper understanding of Vygotsky’s theory and methodology and how it differs from other theories and approaches to social science and SLA research. Contact: James P. Lantolf at firstname.lastname@example.org