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Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2002-2007
Professor of Education, Professor of Linguistics, Director of the English Language Institute, University of Michigan
Diane Larsen-Freeman is an applied linguist and Director of the English Language Institute, whose interests include second language acquisition, language teacher education, English linguistics, and language teaching methodology. As part of the course sequence for the ESL Endorsement, she teaches a graduate course entitled Educational Linguistics, which introduces K-12 teachers to issues of language and its learning and which will help teachers address the needs of English language learners in their classrooms. Widely traveled, she has delivered plenary addresses at conferences in over sixty countries around the world. In her most recent book, Teaching Languages: From Grammar to Grammaring, she argues that language needs to be conceived and taught as a dynamical system. In a co-authored book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics, she extends the notion of language as a dynamical system to language acquisition and development, classroom interaction, and the analysis of discourse. She received her doctorate in linguistics from the University of Michigan in 1975, and has previously served on the faculties at U.C.L.A. and the School for International Training, where she was Interim Dean prior to her arrival in Ann Arbor in January 2002.
Professor Larsen-Freeman was a recent member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and serves as a trustee for the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. In 1997 she was inducted into the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1999 she was named by ESL Magazine as one of the ESL pioneers in the twentieth century. In 2000, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Heinle/Thomson book publishers.