Dr. Amanda Lanier is the director of MSU’s MA in Foreign Language Teaching
Program and FLT Graduate Certificate
and faculty in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement
. She is an applied linguist who focuses on social and cultural aspects of language learning, teacher cognition, and corpus-based analysis of language in use. Her dissertation focuses on identity, culture, literacy, and investment in young learners of Arabic, and she remains committed to promoting less-commonly-taught languages (LCTLs) and heritage language learning in the U.S. as well as advocacy and engagement with research among teachers of all world languages.
Over the last decade, she has designed and taught online and face-to-face courses on Methods of FLT, Culture (and Interculturality) in FL Courses, Foreign/Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics and Spoken Language, Literacy and Biliteracy, Language Concepts (Pedagogical Grammar), and, most recently, Program Development and Administration.
Further resources including her professional portfolio, links to presentations and publications, and recommendations on language teaching, teacher development, and online learning can be found on her personal website. She also posts about language teaching and online learning via the MAFLT blog
and her own blog