Chair’s Welcome

Belcher DianeWelcome 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, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Martin Luther King, Jr. – GSU has 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 dynamic PhD program, a growing BA program, an accredited Intensive English Program (IEP), a broad range of credit-bearing ESL courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, and a large testing program that measures the academic English proficiency of incoming international students.

The department has attracted and retained outstanding faculty who are committed to teaching and mentoring students. 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 and IEP lecturers teach and also write textbooks, work on grants, write professional volumes, and mentor graduate students.