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Celeste Kinginger

Celeste Kinginger

Professor of Applied Linguistics and French

304 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-1373

Curriculum Vitae

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  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Areas of Specialization

  • Sociocultural Approaches to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Second Language Pragmatics
  • Narrative and Case Study in Applied Linguistics

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 582 Seminar in Approaches to Language Use
  • APLNG 597 Narratives of Multilingual Identity
  • APLNG 597 Pragmatics in Language Learning and Teaching
  • APLNG 482Y Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • FR 581 Theory and Techniques of Teaching French

Selected Publications


Kinginger, C. (Ed.) (2013). Social and cultural aspects of language learning in study abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Kinginger, C. (2010). Contemporary study abroad and foreign language learning: An activist’s guidebook. University Park, PA: CALPER Publications. 

Kinginger, C. (2009). Language learning and study abroad: A critical reading of research. Houndsmills, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave/Macmillan

Kinginger, C. (2008). Language learning in study abroad: Case studies of Americans in France. The Modern Language Journal, 92, Monograph.


Kinginger, C., Lee, H.-S., Wu, Q., & Tan, D. (2014). Contextualized language practices as sites for learning: Mealtime talk in short-term Chinese homestays. Applied Linguistics.

Kinginger, C. (2013). Identity and language learning in study abroad. Foreign Language Annals, 46, 339-358.

Van Compernolle, R., & Kinginger, C. (2013). Promoting metapragmatic development through assessment in the Zone of Proximal Development. Language Teaching Research, 17, 282-302.
Kinginger, C. (2011). Enhancing language learning in study abroad. Annual Review of AppliedLinguistics, 31, 58 – 73.

Kinginger, C. (2011). National identity and language learning abroad: American students in the post-9/11 era. In C. Higgins (Ed.), Identity formation in globalizing contexts: Language learning in the new millennium (pp. 147–166). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 

Park, K., & Kinginger, C. (2010). Writing/ thinking in real time: Digital video and corpus query analysis. Language Learning and Technology, 14, 31–50.

Kinginger, C. (2010). American students abroad: Negotiation of difference? Language Teaching, 43, 216-227. 

Kinginger, C. (2010). Foreign language learning. In B. McGaw, E. Baker, & P. Peterson (Eds.),International encyclopedia of education (pp. 382–386). Oxford: Elsevier. 

Kinginger, C., Blattner, G., & Roulon, S. (2009). Tu ou vous: Choix facilité lors de séjours linguistiques. In Peeters, B. (Ed.), Tu ou vous: L’embarras du choix (pp. 199–222). Limoges: Editions Lambert-Lucas.

Recent Funding

U.S. Department of Education, International Research Studies, Penn State Telecollaboration Project. Role: Co-PI (2000-2003).