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Celeste Kinginger named American Language Fellow

Professor Celeste Kinginger has accepted the nomination to serve through April 2021 as an American Language Fellow working on the implementation of recommendations by the Commission on Language Learning of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, at the behest of a bipartisan group of members of Congress, the Academy constituted the Commission on Language Learning to investigate the state of language education in the United States. The Commission issued two reports, one in 2016, entitled “The State of Languages in the US: A Statistical Portrait,” and a second in 2017, entitled “America’s Languages: Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century.”  The latter document included a series of recommendations and distinguished language scholars and educators from across the nation have been invited to advance and solidify these recommendations.

Grant to Kevin McManus

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin McManus, who received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies Program for the period of 2021-2023. The grant will support Dr. McManus' project on usage-based language instruction to strengthen Korean and Russian language teaching. More information on the project will become available at the website of the Center for Language Acquisition.


Study funded by SSRC: Sinfree Makoni

Dr. Sinfree Makoni and his colleague Dr. Bassey Antia (University of the Western Cape, SA) received a grant from SSRC for their project "Humor as a Semiotic Resource: Coping with Covid-19 Stress in Africa".

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation and with the support of the Wenner-Gren, Ford, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundations, has awarded 62 Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants for projects from across the social sciences and related fields that address the social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally, as well as responses to the pandemic’s wide-ranging effects.



Suresh Canagarajah receives 2020 AAAL Book Award

The Book Award Committee of the American Association for Applied Linguistics has selected Suresh Canagarajah’s edited volume, The Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language (2017), as the winner of the annual AAAL Book Award. Congratulations to Dr. Canagarajah and the contributors to the volume!

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Sharon Childs receives College award

Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Childs who has been named the recipient of the College of the Liberal Arts 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award for Teaching Faculty in recognition of her contributions to the undergraduate teaching program. 

New book co-edited by Drs. Kelly Hall and Looney

Hall, J. K. & Looney, S. D. (eds.). (2019). The embodied work of teaching. Bristol, OK: Multilingual Matters.

The chapters in this volume build on a growing body of ethnomethodological conversation analytic research on teaching in order to enhance our empirical understandings of teaching as embodied, contingent and jointly achieved with students in the complex management of various courses of action and larger instructional projects. Together, the chapters document the embodied accomplishment of teaching by identifying specific resources that teachers use to manage instructional projects; demonstrate that teaching entails both alignment and affiliation work; and show the significance of using high-quality audiovisual data to document the sophisticated work of teaching. By providing analytic insight into the highly-specialized work of teaching, the studies make a significant contribution to a practice-based understanding of how the life of the classroom, as lived by its members, is accomplished.

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New book co-edited by Dr. Xiaofei Lu

New book co-edited by Dr. Xiaofei Lu

Lu & Chen 2019

We congratulate Dr. Xiaofei Lu on the publication of his co-edited volume, which just appeared with Springer.

Lu, X., & Chen, B. (Eds.) (2019). Computational and corpus approaches to Chinese language learning. New York: Springer

This book presents a collection of original research articles that showcase the state of the art of research in corpus and computational linguistic approaches to Chinese language teaching, learning and assessment. It offers a comprehensive set of corpus resources and natural language processing tools that are useful for teaching, learning and assessing Chinese as a second or foreign language; methods for implementing such resources and techniques in Chinese pedagogy and assessment; as well as research findings on the effectiveness of using such resources and techniques in various aspects of Chinese pedagogy and assessment.


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New book co-authored by Dr. Kevin McManus

We congratulate Dr. Kevin McManus on the publication of his co-authored book:

Porte, G., & McManus, K. (2019). Doing replication research in Applied Linguistics. New York: Routledge.


Doing Replication Research in Applied Linguistics is the only book available to specifically discuss the applied aspects of how to carry out replication studies in Applied Linguistics. This text takes the reader from seeking out a suitable study for replication, through deciding on the most valuable form of replication approach, to its execution, discussion, and writing up for publication. A step-by-step decision-making approach to the activities guides the reader through the replication research process from the initial search for a target study to replicate, through the setting up, execution, analysis, and dissemination of the finished work.


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RGSO Grants to Marika Criss, Jamie Kim, and Jungwan Yoon

Three of our doctoral students received a grant to support their dissertation research through the Dissertation Support funding from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) in the College of the Liberal Arts. Congratulations to Marika Criss, Jamie Kim, and Jungwan Yoon!

Sinfree Makoni Awarded Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Dr. Sinfree Makoni was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to collaborate with Laikipia University (Kenya) and Professor Khasandi-Telewa on curriculum co-development and enhancement of a PhD program in Linguistics through online learning and Graduate Student Training and Mentoring. The project is part of a broader initiative that will pair 51 African Diaspora scholars with one of 43 higher education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities in the coming months. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include controlling malaria, strengthening peace and conflict studies, developing a new master's degree in emergency medicine, training and mentoring graduate students in criminal justice, archiving African indigenous knowledge, creating low cost water treatment technologies, building capacity in microbiology and pathogen genomics, and developing a forensic accounting curriculum.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its sixth year, is designed to increase Africa's brain circulation, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 385 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program's inception in 2013.

Penn State English Language Services - new website

Penn State English Language Services is a service of the Department of Applied Linguistics.  The faculty and advanced doctoral students in the department are specialists in advanced English proficiency, and our goal is to help second language speakers of English to acquire the knowledge and tools they need to speak, read, and write professional English in pursuit of their academic and career goals.  The department offers a number of programs for international undergraduate and graduate students, international teaching assistants, international visiting scholars and faculty, and all faculty who work with international students.

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New book by Dr. James P. Lantolf and Dr. Matthew E. Poehner

We congratulate Jim Lantolf, Matt Poehner, and Merrill Swain (UToronto-OISE, emerita) who co-edited "The Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development" published by Routledge.

The Routledge Handbook of Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Development is the first comprehensive overview of the field of sociocultural second language acquisition (SLA). In 35 chapters, each written by an expert in the area, this book offers perspectives on both the theoretical and practical sides of the field. This Handbook covers a broad range of topics, divided into several major sections, including:

  • concepts and principles as related to second language development;
  • concept-based instruction;
  • dynamic assessment and other assessment based on sociocultural theory (SCT);
  • literacy and content-based language teaching;
  • bilingual/multilingual education;
  • SCT and technology; and
  • teacher education.

This is the ideal resource for graduate students and researchers working in the areas of SLA and second language development.

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New book authored by Dr. Joan Kelly Hall

We congratulate Dr. Joan Kelly Hall on the publication of her new book.

Hall, J. K. (2019). Essentials of SLA for L2 Teachers: A Transdisciplinary Approach. New York: Routledge.

Essentials of SLA for L2 Teachers: A Transdisciplinary Framework presents an accessible and comprehensive account of current understandings of second language acquisition (SLA) geared towards those studying to become L2 teachers. Grounded in the pragmatic and problem-oriented transdisciplinary framework of SLA, this textbook draws connections between SLA research and practices for L2 teaching. It aims to build L2 teacher expertise by strengthening teachers’ understandings of the many facets of L2 learning and their skills for designing transformative learning environments in their teaching contexts. The author includes pedagogical implications and inquiry-based activities in each chapter that engage readers in further explorations of the topics covered in the chapter. Short and straightforward, Essentials of SLA for L2 Teachers is the ideal main resource for SLA courses taught at undergraduate and graduate-level teaching programs.

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New book co-authored by Dr. Susan Strauss

We congratulate Dr. Susan Strauss, Dr. Parastou Feiz and Dr. Xuehua Xiang on the publication of their new book on a discourse-based approach to English grammar.

Strauss, S., Feiz, P., & Xiang, X. (2018). Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts: A Discourse-Based Approach to English Grammar. New York: Routledge

Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts: A Discourse-Based Approach to English Grammar is a book for language teachers and learners that focuses on the meanings of grammatical constructions within discourse, rather than on language as structure governed by rigid rules. This text emphasizes the ways in which users of language construct meaning, express viewpoints, and depict imageries using the conceptual, meaning-filled categories that underlie all of grammar. Written by a team of authors with years of experience teaching grammar to future teachers of English, this book puts grammar in the context of real language and illustrates grammar in use through an abundance of authentic data examples. Each chapter also provides a variety of activities that focus on grammar, genre, discourse, and meaning, which can be used as they are or can be adapted for classroom practice. The activities are also designed to raise awareness about discourse, grammar, and meaning in all facets of everyday life, and can be used as springboards for upper high school, undergraduate, and graduate level research projects and inquiry-based grammatical analysis. Grammar, Meaning, and Concepts is an ideal textbook for those in the areas of teacher education, discourse analysis, applied linguistics, second language teaching, ESL, EFL, and communications who are looking to teach and learn grammar from a dynamic perspective.

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