Our faculty often collaborate on research publications with undergraduate as well as graduate students.
The Department of Applied Linguistics & English as a Second Language is committed to excellence in the preparation of second/foreign-language teachers and researchers, teaching English to speakers of other languages and in other applications of applied linguistics theory to the solution of real-world problems. We achieve this goal by providing instruction, support and inspiration to those interested in applied linguistics and the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. The department designs instructional programs and research activities for current and prospective language teachers, language learners, curriculum designers, materials and test developers, program administrators, teacher educators and researchers in the field. All units housed within the department support this focus.
Reflecting on the goals of the wider university, the department seeks to provide a range of activities that prepare students to think critically, make ethical and informed choices, appreciate diverse cultures and ideas and become creative problem-solvers. The department creates and maintains a multicultural and multinational student population by actively recruiting students from various ethnic and international backgrounds.
Welcome to the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL at Georgia State. Located in the center of Atlanta, a lively and diverse city - the home of CNN, Coca-Cola, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. - Georgia State has students from every state in the United States and more than 145 countries.
The Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL thrives under these conditions. The department consists of a well-known M.A. program, a dynamic Ph.D. program and a growing B.A. program. Other programs include an accredited Intensive English Program (IEP), a broad range of credit-bearing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the graduate level and a testing program that measures the English academic 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, serve as journal editors and on editorial boards, and are responsible for national and international professional organizations. ESL and IEP lecturers teach and write textbooks, work on grants, write professional volumes and mentor graduate students.
Sara Cushing, Chair
Applied Linguistics & ESL