Matthew E. Poehner

Matthew E. Poehner

Matthew E. Poehner

Professor of Education
159 Chambers Building
Matthew E. Poehner


Ph.D., French with specialization in Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Bio

Areas of Specialization

  • Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Acquisition
  • Dynamic Assessment
  • Classroom-based Assessment
  • Language Pedagogy

Recent Courses

  • Analyzing Interaction in Educational Contexts
  • Vygotsky and Education
  • Core Readings in Vygotsky
  • Vygotsky and Assessment
  • L2 Classroom-Based Assessment

Selected Publications

Poehner, M. E. (2011). Validity and interaction in the ZPD: Interpreting learner development through L2 Dynamic Assessment.  International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 21(2), 244-263.

Poehner, M. E., & van Compernolle, R.A. (2011). Frames of interaction in Dynamic Assessment: Developmental diagnoses of second language learning. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice 18 (2).

Poehner, M. E. (2011). Dynamic Assessment: Fairness through the prism of mediation.Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice 18 (2).

Lantolf, J. P.,  Poehner, M. E.  (2011).  Dynamic Assessment in the classroom: Vygotskian praxis for L2 development.  Language Teaching Research, 15, 11-33.

Poehner, M. E., & Lantolf, J. P. (2010).  Vygotsky’s teaching-assessment dialectic and L2 education: The case for Dynamic Assessment. Mind, Culture, and Activity, 17, 312-330.

Professional Awards and Achievements

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Prize for an Outstanding Book in Applied Linguistics, finalist for Dynamic Assessment: A Vygotskian Approach to Understanding and Promoting L2 Development (2009)

ACTFL-MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and The Modern Language Journal  (2008)

Recent Funding

Computerized Dynamic Assessment of Language Proficiency in French, Russian, and Chinese. U.S. Department of Education International Research Studies Program (2008-2011). Role: Co-PI


Sociocultural Theory and the Teaching of Second Languages