Diane Larsen-Freeman

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Diane Larsen-Freeman
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Diane Larsen-Freeman
Born (1946-02-24) 24 February 1946 (age 76)
Alma mater
Known for
Spouse(s)Elliott Freeman
Scientific career
ThesisThe Acquisition of Grammatical Morphemes by Adult Learners of English as a Second Language (1975)
Doctoral advisorH. Douglas Brown

Diane Larsen-Freeman (born 1946) is an American linguist. She is now a Professor Emerita in Education and in Linguistics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[1] She works in Applied linguistics. She studies in second language acquisition, English as a second or foreign language, language teaching methods, teacher education, and English grammar. Her work on the complex/dynamic systems approach to second language development is very important and well-known.

Career[change | change source]

Larsen-Freeman began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer. She taught English in Sabah, Malaysia from 1967 to 1969. She says this experience started her interest in language acquisition.[2][3] She went on to graduate studies at the University of Michigan, earning her PhD in linguistics in 1975.[1]

Larsen-Freeman worked at the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles and then the SIT Graduate Institute.[1] In 2002, she returned to the University of Michigan to direct the English Language Institute. She was also Professor in the School of Education and the Department of Linguistics. She retired from the University of Michigan in 2012. She has emerita positions at the English Language Institute and in Education and Linguistics at the University of Michigan,[1] and at the SIT Graduate Institute.[4] She is still active in her field, and teaches courses on the structure of English and second language development as a visiting senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.[5]

Larsen-Freeman mostly researches second language acquisition. She also studies English grammar. She thinks grammar is not only a set of structural patterns, but also important for making meaning and for changing language to meet a communicative context.[source?] She thinks that complexity theory is a new and useful way to understand language, its acquisition, and its use. She sees all three as complex changing processes that do not move neatly in a straight line. She applied this idea to teaching grammar, or “grammaring” as she calls it.[source?] The dynamic approach to second language development includes the idea that students each have their own path to learning, and that teaching is fundamentally a process of managing learning.[1]

Larsen-Freeman was also the editor of the journal Language Learning for five years.[1]

In 1997, she wrote a leading article applying complex/dynamic systems theory to study second language acquisition.[6] A book of papers in her honor, Complexity Theory and Language Development, was published in 2017.[7]

Writing[change | change source]

Books[change | change source]

  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (Editor) (1980). Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research. Newbury House. ISBN 978-0883771631
  • Celce-Murcia, M., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (1983). The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher's Course. Newbury House. ISBN 978-0883772904
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (1986). Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0194341332
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Long, M.H. (1991). An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research. ISBN 978-0582553774
  • Celce-Murcia, M., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (1999). The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course (2nd edition). Heinle & Heinle. ISBN 978-0838447253
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2000). Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (2nd edition). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0194355742
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (Series Director) (2002). Olympic English. Mc-Graw Hill.
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2003). Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring. Heinle Cengage. ISBN 978-0838466759
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Cameron, L. (2008). Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0194422444
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (Series Director) (2008). Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use (Revised edition). National Geographic Learning.[1]
  • Ellis, N.C., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (Editors) (2009). Language as a Complex Adaptive System. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1444334005
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Anderson, M. (2011). Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (3rd edition). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0194423601
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Celce-Murcia, M. (2015). The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning and Use for English Language Teachers (3rd edition). National Geographic Learning/Cengage Publishing Company. ISBN 978-1111351861

Articles[change | change source]

  • Larsen-Freeman, D.E. (1975). The acquisition of grammatical morphemes by adult ESL students. TESOL Quarterly, 9(4), 409-419.[2]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (1985). Overviews of theories of language learning and acquisition. In Issues in English Language Development, National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education. ERIC: ED273145.
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (1989). Pedagogical descriptions of language: Grammar. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 10, 187-195.[3]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (1991). Second language acquisition research: Staking out the territory. TESOL Quarterly, 25(2), 315-350.[4]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (1997). Chaos/complexity science and second language acquisition. Applied Linguistics, 18(2), 141-165.[5]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2002). Making sense of frequency. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24(2), 275-285. [6]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2004). Conversation analysis for second language acquisition? It all depends. The Modern Language Journal, 88(4), 603-607.[7]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2006). The emergence of complexity, fluency, and accuracy in the oral and written production of five Chinese learners of English. Applied Linguistics, 27(4), 590-619.[8]
  • Ellis, N.C., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (2006). Language emergence: Implications for applied linguistics. Applied Linguistics, 27, 558-589.[9]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2007). On the complementarity of chaos/complexity theory and dynamic systems theory in understanding the second language acquisition process. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 10(1), 35-37.[10]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Freeman, D. (2008). Language moves: The place of "foreign" languages in classroom teaching and learning. Review of Research in Education, 32(1), 147-186.[11]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D., & Cameron, L. (2008). Research methodology on language development from a complex systems perspective. The Modern Language Journal, 92(2), 200-213.[12]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2009). Teaching and testing grammar. In M. Long & C. Doughty (Eds.), The Handbook of Language Teaching. Blackwell.[13]
  • Ellis, N.C., & Larsen-Freeman, D. (2009). Constructing a second language: Analyses and computational simulations of the emergence of linguistic constructions from usage. Language Learning, 59(s1), 90-125.[14]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2011). Key concepts in language learning and language education. In J. Simpson (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics.[15]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2012). Complex, dynamic systems: A new transdisciplinary theme for applied linguistics? Language Teaching, 45(2), 202-214.[16]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2012). From unity to diversity... to diversity within unity. English Teaching Forum, 50(2), 28-38.[17]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2012). On the role of repetition in language teaching and learning. Applied Linguistics Review, 3(2), 195-210.[18]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2012). The emancipation of the language learner. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 2(3), 297-309.[19]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2013). Transfer of learning transformed. Language Learning, 63(s1), 107-129.[20]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2015). Saying what we mean: Making the case for second language acquisition to become second language development. Language Teaching, 48(4), 491-505.[21]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2015). Research into practice: Grammar learning and teaching. Language Teaching, 48(2), 263-280.[22]
  • The Douglas Fir Group. (2016). A transdisciplinary framework for SLA in a multilingual world. The Modern Language Journal, 16, 19-47.[23]
  • Larsen-Freeman, D. (2016). Classroom-oriented research from a complex systems perspective. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching, 6(3), 377-393.[24]

Awards[change | change source]

Related pages[change | change source]

List of women linguists

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Diane Larsen-Freeman - University of Michigan". University of Michigan. 23 January 2018. Archived from the original on 21 February 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. "Story: Diane Larsen-Freeman". Peace Corps 50 Years. University of Michigan Peace Corps Office. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. Sahr, Sarah (2011-10-26). "TESOL Celebrates 50 Years of the Peace Corps: A Collections of Stories from RCPVs Who Are Also TESOL Members". TESOL International Association - TESOL Blog. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  4. "Diane Larsen-Freeman". SIT Graduate Institute. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  5. "Educational Linguistics Division - Faculty". University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Archived from the original on 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  6. Larsen-Freeman, D (1997). "Chaos/complexity science and second language acquisition". Applied Linguistics. 18 (2): 141–165. doi:10.1093/applin/18.2.141.
  7. Ortega, L; Han, ZH (2017). Complexity Theory and Language Development: In Celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman. John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/lllt.48. ISBN 9789027213389.
  8. "Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize Winners". Modern Language Association. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  9. "The Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award". American Association for Applied Linguistics. Archived from the original on 22 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  10. "50 Leaders". TESOL International Association. Archived from the original on 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2019-05-01.

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