Deryn P. Verity

Deryn P. Verity

Teaching Professor in Applied Linguistics
Director, ESL/EAP Programs
304c Sparks Building
(814) 865-6227
Area(s) of Specialization: Curriculum Design, L2 Teacher Education, Online Instruction, Pedagogical Grammar, Sociocultural Theory, Writing Instruction, Writing Tutor Development
Deryn P. Verity


Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Delaware 1992
MATESOL, St. Michael’s College of the Liberal Arts 1983
B.A., Linguistics & English Literature, Swarthmore College 1979

Professional Bio

Recent Courses

  • (Online) Global English
  • (Online) Language, Culture & Social Interaction
  • Second Language Reading
  • First-year seminar: Language as Social Practice
  • Tutoring Internship
  • Discourse-functional Grammar
  • Exploring L2 Classroom Practice
  • Materials & Curriculum Design for ESL

Selected Publications

2020. (with Karen E. Johnson & Sharon Childs). Praxis-Oriented Pedagogy and the Development of L2 Novice Teacher Expertise. Special issue of The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL on the theme Sociocultural Theory in TESOL Teacher Education and Professional Development, 9(2), 1-24.

2018. Coming Around: Tutors, Orientation, and Prolepsis. Journal of Academic Writing, 8(2), 114-123. DOI:        

2017. Pedagogical Grammar (entry). TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley & TESOL, International.

2013. Secret Agents of Change: Or, Life is a Cabaret. In Explorations in Teacher Education (journal of JALT Teacher Education and Development SIG, Japan), (2)21, 3-8.

2013. Beyond borders, beyond expectations: Online education and responsive teaching. In   Language Teachers and Teaching: Global Perspectives, Local Initiatives, S. Ben Said & L. Zhang (Eds.), National Institute of Education, Singapore.

2012. Author. Entry on “James P. Lantolf.” In Chapelle, C. A., (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

2011. The reverse move: Enriching informal knowledge in the pedagogical grammar class. In Johnson, K. & P. Golembek, (Eds.), Research on Second Language Teacher Education: A Sociocultural Perspective on Teacher Professional Development, ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series, Routledge.

2010. Big questions: A speaking practice exercise. The Language Teacher. Tokyo: Japan Association for Language Teaching, 34(4), 59-60.

2009.  Intersubjectivity and the writer: Turning a class paper into a journal article. Osaka Jogakuin College Kiyo.

2008. April. Orienting learners: An imaginary conversation. Learning Learning, newsletter of Learner Development SIG, JALT, Japan, pp. 27-33. [Online] Available:

Verity, D. P. (2007) Role play and orientation to task. Center for Human Activity Theory Technical Reports No. 6, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.

Verity, D. P. (2006). Vygotskyan concepts for teacher education. PanSIG Lifelong Learning. Conference proceedings.

Verity, D. P. (2000). Side affects: The strategic development of professional satisfaction. In J. P. Lantolf (ed.), Sociocultural approaches to second language learning and teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Professional Awards and Achievements

Co-chair, National Conference of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), (2012, 2009)

Associate Editor, JALT Journal (2004 – 2007)

Academic Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Partnership for Learning program, Rabat (Morocco) and Amman (Jordan)


Praxis-oriented Pedagogy for Novice L2 Teachers. Developing Teacher Resources by Karen E. Johnson, Deryn P. Verity, and Sharon S. Childs.