Applied Linguistics and ESL

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Korean teachers explore city, observe classes to strengthen their own teaching

Dasom Kim remembers seeing photos of the Georgia Aquarium in one of the textbooks she uses in her English classroom in Daejeon, South Korea.

She was keen to see the place up close when she arrived in Atlanta this summer as part of the… more »

Ph.D. Student Travels to Mongolia to Improve Second Language Education

For David Chiesa, an applied linguistics Ph.D. student, summer break was not much of a break at all. And he’s okay with that.

Chiesa spent his summer in Mongolia working as the country’s first English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, a position that would call for him to work long days and… more »

Eric Friginal Named Director of International Programs for the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Friginal, associate professor of applied linguistics and English as a second language (ESL), has joined the college as director of international programs.

In this role Friginal will serve as the college’s point person for the coordination of faculty-led study abroad, exchange and… more »

Applied Linguistics Student Receives National Academy of Education Fellowship

Nicholas Subtirelu, an Applied Linguistics and ESL Ph.D. student, has been selected to be a National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellow. Subtirelu will receive $27,500 during the year-long fellowship period to complete his dissertation.

The Spencer Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to students whose dissertation research supports developments in the history, theory or practice of… more »

Diane Belcher Receives JSLW 2014 Best Article Award

Applied Linguistics and ESL Chair and Professor Diane Belcher has received the Journal of Second Language Writing’s (JSLW) Best Article Award for her article, “What We Need and Don’t Need Intercultural Rhetoric For: A Retrospective and Prospective Look at an Evolving Research Area.”

JSLW is an international, peer-reviewed academic journal that features content on second… more »

Georgia State University Receives $800,000 Grant to Improve Language Learning in Urban Areas

Georgia State University has received a four-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a National Language Resource Centers (LRC) Program. The Georgia State University LRC, the Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research (CULTR), is one of only 16 centers nationwide and will serve as the only center of its type… more »

Curious about sociolinguistics? We wrote the book.

Assistant Professor Eric Friginal and his graduate student Jack Hardy, both in Applied Linguistics & ESL, have just published an introductory textbook to corpus-based sociolinguistics to rave reviews. The textbook, Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics: A Guide for Students, examines the use of collections of linguistic data, known as “corpora,” in the study of society’s affect… more »

Six grants to fund new global efforts in A&S

The College of Arts and Sciences is about to get even more global, thanks to the university’s Developing External Educational Partnerships, or DEEP program. The university has approved six grants for Arts and Sciences faculty to work with universities in Asia and Africa.

The DEEP grants are not intended to support programs long-term, but rather… more »