Celeste Kinginger

Celeste Kinginger

Professor of Applied Linguistics
Director of Graduate Studies
304 Sparks Building
(814) 867-1373
Area(s) of Specialization: Narrative and Case Study in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Pragmatics, Sociocultural Approaches to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Study Abroad
Celeste Kinginger


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

Professional Bio

Celeste Kinginger’s scholarship focuses on environments for the development of meaningful world language abilities among Anglophone learners. She played a pioneering role in establishing the viability of Internet-mediated, telecollaborative approaches to classroom language instruction and has also published various works on second language pragmatics and multilingual life writing. In recent years, she has concentrated on understanding the processes and outcomes of language learning in study abroad contexts. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on these and associated topics, and is the author or editor of five book-length works about language learning in study abroad, including Language learning in study abroad: Case studies of Americans in France (Modern Language Journal Monograph, 2008), Language learning and study abroad: A critical reading of research (Palgrave, 2009), and Social and cultural aspects of language learning in study abroad (Benjamins, 2013). Her most current work includes several qualitative studies examining the home stay dinner table as a context for learning French and Chinese language/ culture, and a nationwide, mixed-methods investigation of career paths for language-focused graduates, The Professional Lives of Language Study Abroad Alumni (Multilingual Matters, 2023, co-authored with Jingyuan Zhuang). She regularly teaches basic courses in applied linguistics and second language acquisition as well as advanced doctoral seminars such as Pragmatics in Language Learning and Teaching (APLNG 585) and Qualitative Research in Applied Linguistics (APLNG 592).


Selected Recent Articles and Book Chapters

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.