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Amanda Lanier* is an applied linguist and teacher educator specializing in social and cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, and use. As of August 2013, she is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she is contributing to the development and operation of a fully-online master's program in foreign language teaching (MAFLT). 

She earned her doctoral degree from Georgia State University, where she was a fellow of the interdisciplinary Language & Literacy Initiative for four years. Her recent work has dealt with issues of identity, culture, and literacy in the learning of Arabic as a foreign language in the U.S. She has also investigated identity construction and language use in an online learning context using methods drawn from ethnography and corpus-based discourse analysis. She continues to conduct research and teach courses on identity, culture, and literacy, particularly in relation to heritage language learning and less-commonly-taught languages.

Amanda began teaching English as a foreign language in 2002, and since then she has taught courses in applied linguistics and English for academic purposes in a number of settings. She has presented at major conferences around the U.S. including the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the National Council of Less-Commonly-Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), and the National Heritage Language Resource Center (NHLRC) Research Institute. She has also published peer-reviewed articles, book sections, and book reviews. In 2013, she was selected to receive the annual AAAL Wilga Rivers Graduate Student Award. 
Further information on Amanda's writing, research, teaching, and skills is available via the links in the sidebar. 


  • Hired! I am very happy to report that, as of Fall 2013, I will be an assistant professor in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement at Michigan State University, where I ...
    Posted May 16, 2013, 10:54 AM by Amanda Lanier
  • March 2013 - TESOL - Crossing Orthographies If you were part of the discussion I led about reading and writing for ELLs coming from Arabic as a first language and you are looking for more information on ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2013, 7:44 PM by Amanda Lanier
  • May 2013 - Language Teacher Education Conference Leading a discussion session on "Meeting the Needs of U.S. Heritage Learners of Less-Commonly-Taught Languages." I will use findings from my research as stimuli, and then I ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2013, 11:34 AM by Amanda Lanier
  • March 2013 - AAAL - Arabic as Heritage Presenting at 8:15 Sunday morning on the 37th floor:Constructing Arabic as Heritage: Investment in Language, Literacy, and Identity among Young U.S. Learners.  Also sitting on panel for ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2013, 11:35 AM by Amanda Lanier
  • AAAL Grad Student Award Recently found out that I had been selected to receive the AAAL Wilga Rivers Graduate Student Award for 2013. Very pleased and appreciative! Selection was based on my proposal to ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2013, 8:27 AM by Amanda Lanier
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