Celeste Kinginger

Celeste Kinginger

Celeste Kinginger

Professor of Applied Linguistics
304 Sparks Building
(814) 867-1373
Celeste Kinginger

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Bio


  • 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

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. (2019). Four questions for the next generation of study abroad researchers. In Howard, M. (Ed.), Study abroad, second language acquisition, and interculturality: Contemporary perspectives (pp. 263-278). Multilingual Matters.

Kinginger, C. & Carnine, J. (2019). Language learning at the dinner table: Two case studies of French homestays. Foreign Language Annals, 52, 850-872.

Kinginger, C. & Lee, H.-S. (2019). The dialectics of control and connection in the study abroad homestay. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 4, 19-44.

Kinginger, C. (2019). Overcoming ethnocentrism in research on language learning abroad. In Fuchs, M., Loiseau, Y. & Rai, S. (Eds.), Study abroad: Traditions, directions, and innovations (pp. 15-28). New York: Modern Language Association.

Van Compernolle, R. & Kinginger, C. (2019). Concept-based second language pragmatics instruction. In M. Haneda & H. Nassaji (Eds.), Perspectives on language as action: Essays in honor of Merrill Swain (pp. 99- 118). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Kinginger, C. & Wu, Q. (2018). Learning Chinese through contextualized language practices in study abroad residence halls: Two case studies. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 38, 102-121.

Kinginger, C., Wu, Q. & Lee, S.-H. (2018). Chinese language learning in study abroad contexts. In Ke, C. (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of Chinese second language acquisition (pp. 301-317). New York: Routledge.

Lee, H.-S. & Kinginger, C. (2018). Narrative remembering of intercultural encounters: An activity-theoretic study of language program reintegration after study abroad. Modern Language Journal, 102, 578-593.


Recent Funding

U.S. Department of Education, International Research and Studies, The Careers of Language Study Abroad Alumni: A Comprehensive Investigation (Project Director)


Language Learning in Study Abroad: Case studies of Americans in France