By Andries W. Coetzee
Mar 24, 2013
We have recently reported about two of our faculty that there are entries in the "Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics" about their contributions to the field (John Swales and Nick Ellis). We have now learned that yet a third member of our faculty also has this honor. Michigan linguists have clearly been very influential in the field of applied linguistics! Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emirita of Education and Research Scientist Emerita in the English Language Institute. Diane is also no stranger to our Department. She earned her PhD here in 1975, and has also held a courtesy appointment as Professor of Linguistics in the Department until her recent retirement.
Diane has had a long and productive career in the field of applied linguistics, with a focus on language teaching and acquisition. She has received many honors for her contributions to this field, including a honorary doctorate from the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece (2009), and the "Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award" from the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2011). This entry in the encyclopedia is well-deserved recognition for the role that Diane has played in the field of language teaching and applied linguistics. Full information about the entry is available here.