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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.

Visit the new website at http://els.la.psu.edu

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.

Visit the Publisher's page for more information on the book.

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.

Visit the Publisher's site for more information on the book.

 

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.

Visit the Publisher's site for more information on the book.

IECP accredited by UCIEP

After a site visit to Penn State and review by their governing board, the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) has extended membership in the consortium to the APLNG Intensive English Communication Program (IECP).  The letter of acceptance stated, “Our review team had strong praise for your program’s many accomplishments, in particular: CEA re-accreditation, high quality curriculum and teaching practices, program scholarship and professional opportunities for faculty.”  Congratulations to the faculty of the IECP!

Suresh Canagarajah Receives Award from AAAL

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies, was named the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) by the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). He will be presented with the award at the annual conference of AAAL later this week. (March 2018)

Lantolf Research Center For Second Language Studies

On May 19, 2017 The School of Foreign Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China dedicated the Lantolf Research Center for Second Language Studies. The Center is named in honor of Professor James P. Lantolf, Director of Penn State’s Center for Language Acquisition and the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition & Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics. Professor Lantolf also received a Changjiang (Yangtze River) Scholar Award in Applied Linguistics in the School of Foreign Studies at Jiaotong University in 2016. The ceremony for this award, the highest academic honor given by the Chinese Ministry of Education, was also held on May 19, 2017 with the Vice-President representing the central administration of the university. 

New Book by Johnson and Golombek

Karen E. Johnson, the Kirby Professor in Language Learning and Applied Linguistics, and Paula R. Golombek (University of Florida) published a new book entitled Mindful L2 Teacher Education. A sociocultural perspective on cultivating teachers' professional development.

Taking a Vygotskian sociocultural stance, this book demonstrates the meaningful role that L2 teacher educators and L2 teacher education play in the professional development of L2 teachers through systematic, intentional, goal-directed, theorized L2 teacher education pedagogy. The message is resoundingly clear: Teacher education matters! It empirically documents the ways in which engagement in the practices of L2 teacher education shape how teachers come to think about and enact their teaching within the sociocultural contexts of their learning-to-teach experiences. Providing an insider’s look at L2 teacher education pedagogy, it offers a close up look at teacher educators who are skilled at moving L2 teachers toward more theoretically and pedagogically sound instructional practices and greater levels of professional expertise.

Johnson, K. E., & Golombek, P. R. (2016). Mindful L2 teacher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Canagarajah Receives Inaugural AAAL Book Prize

Translingual Practice authored by Suresh Canagarajah (APLNG) wins book prize from the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies at Penn State, received the inaugural AAAL Best Book Award for his work Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations published by Routledge. The American Association for Applied Linguistics AAAL Best Book Award is to acknowledge a book that makes an exceptional contribution to a specific area of specialization or to the field as a whole within the discipline. Translingual Practice also won the 33rd Shaughnessy Award from the Modern Language Association and the 2014 BAAL Book Prize by the British Association for Applied Linguistics. More about the book on the departmental website. Book information at Routledge.

Read the press release from AAAL

James P. Lantolf Receives Award From AAAL

James P. Lantolf, the Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, was named the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award (DSSA) by the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) He will be presented with the award at the annual conference of AAAL.

Lantolf and Poehner Receive MLA Mildenberger Award

James P. Lantolf and Matthew E. Poehner received the 33rd Kenneth W. Mildenberger Award from the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for their book Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education (Routledge, 2014). This prestigious award is given to an outstanding scholarly book in the fields of language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of languages other than English.

Read more on Penn State News

Suresh Canagarajah Receives MLA Shaughnessy Award

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies at Penn State, received the 33rd Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association (MLA) for his book "Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations," published by Routledge. This prestiguous award is given for an outstanding work on language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English.

Read the full story on Liberal Arts News.