Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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Linguistics and Applied Linguistics | TESOL

l i n g u i s t i c s 

Noun: (used with a sing. verb) The study of the nature, structure, and variation of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an interdisciplinary field concerned with various issues related to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language in different parts of the world. The MTESOL program aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills related to the theories and methods of language teaching.

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Karen Adams
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Professor Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Mark James
Associate Professor

I am a faculty member in ASU's Tempe campus English department. Most of my work is with the MA and PhD programs in linguistics and applied linguistics, master's and certificate programs in TESOL, and BA (linguistics major).

Ross-Blakley Hall 353 PO Box 871401
Aya Matsuda
Director of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Associate Professor

Matsuda is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English.

Ross-Blakley Hall 159 PO Box 871401
Matthew Prior
Associate Professor

Matthew T. Prior holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition. He teaches courses in qualitative methods, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, TESOL, and second language acquisition.

Ross-Blakley Hall 258 PO Box 871401
Kathryn Pruitt
Assistant Professor

Professor Pruitt is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in ASU. Her research is in the field of phonological theory and focuses primarily on the typological modeling of linguistic stress patterns.

Ross-Blakley Hall 245 PO Box 871401
Elly Van Gelderen
Regents Professor
Ross-Blakley Hall 327 PO Box 871401