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     Welcome to the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University. Located in the center of Atlanta, a lively and diverse city - the home of CNN, Coca Cola, and Martin Luther King, Jr. - GSU has over 30,000 students from every state in the United States and from over 145 countries. Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL programs thrive under these conditions. The department consists of a well-known MA program, a new and dynamic PhD program, a growing undergraduate program, an Intensive English Program (IEP), credit-bearing ESL courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and a large testing program that measures the academic English proficiency of incoming non-native speaking students.

     The department has attracted and retained outstanding faculty who are committed to teaching and mentoring students so students have the skills they need when they graduate. As illustrated on the faculty pages, faculty also have active research agendas and serve as journal editors, on editorial boards, and in responsible positions for national and international professional organizations. ESL lecturers teach and also write textbooks, work on grants, write professional volumes, and mentor graduate students.


SLRF 2015
The Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State University is proud to host SLRF 2015, October 29-31, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. Click here for more information. (01/05/2015)

Maxi-Ann Campbell selected as an Academic Fellow at NYU Shanghai
Congratulations to our recent graduate Maxi-Ann Campbell who has been selected as a 2014-2015 Global Academic Fellow at NYU Shanghai! We're so excited for you, Maxi!! (03/18/2014)

Ute Römer Published a Paper in Cognitive Linguistics on Verb-Argument Constructions
Ute Römer co-authored an article in Cognitive Linguistics studying speakers' knowledge of verb-argument constructions from a usage-based perspective. (3/3/2014)

Scott Crossley Published a paper in Applied Linguistics on Lexical Proficiency in Oral and Written Texts.
Scott Crossley co-authored an article in Applied Linguistics! The article is based on a study that examines lexical proficiency in oral and written texts produced by second language learners of English. (3/3/2014)

Amanda Baker Published an Article in TESOL Quarterly, Based on Her Dissertation Work.
ALESL graduate Amanda Baker (now at the University of Wollongong in Australia) published an article in the latest issue of TESOL Quarterly! The article is based on Amanda's dissertation work. (3/3/2014)

Jennifer Roberts Beginan Her English Language Fellow assignment with the Department of State
ALESL graduate Jennifer Roberts has safely arrived in Mataram, Lombok and is ready to start her English Language Fellow assignment with the US Dept of State. (2/24/2014)

Department Selected to Host the 2015 Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)
Our department has been selected to be the host of the 2015 Second Language Research Forum (SLRF)! Congratulations to the SLRF 2015 co-chairs Kris Kyle, Cindy Murphy and Stephen Skalicky as well as to their faculty advisers Scott Crossley, YouJin Kim and Eric Friginal on putting a winning proposal together!! (2/20/2014).

Dr. Eric Friginal and Jack Hardy Published a Textbook.
2014 starts particularly well for AL/ESLers Eric Friginal and Jack Hardy: They have a new textbook out on corpus-based sociolinguistics! CONGRATULATIONS, both!! We all look forward to reading it! (1/2/2014)