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Sharon Childs

Sharon Childs

Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics

Chair, MA TESL Program

Contact for TESOL Minor and IUG Program

Office Phone: (814) 865-1919



  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Language Teacher Cognition from a Sociocultural Perspective
  • English Language Teacher Professional Development
  • On-Line Instruction

Recent Courses

Resident Courses

  • APLNG 500 Practice Teaching in ESL
  • APLNG 493 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • APLNG 410 Teaching American English Pronunciation

On-Line Courses

  • APLNG 804 Focus on the Learner: Identity, Community, and Language Learning
  • APLNG 806 Focus on Classrooms: Planning and Supporting Language Learning
  • APLNG 808 Focus on Instruction: Teaching and Assessing Language Learning

Selected Publications

Childs, S. (2013). The Pennsylvania State University’s Online Graduate Certificate Program in TESOLOnline English Language Teacher Education: Case Reports of Innovative OnlineDelivery. TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, [].

Childs, S. (2010). ”Seeing” L2 teacher learning: The power of context on conceptualizing teaching.  In K. E. Johnson & P. Golombek (Eds.), Research on second language teacher education: Exploring the complexities of professional development (pp. 67-85). New York: Routledge.