E-Mail: polio@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 884-1502

Office: B251 Wells Hall

Ph.D., UCLA, Applied Linguistics; MS, University of Pennsylvania, TESOL; BA, University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics



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I am a professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University, where I teach in the MA Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  I am also a core faculty member in the Second Language Studies Program. My main area of research is second language (L2) writing. I am particularly interested in the various research methods and measures used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition. I have also published and done research in the areas of second language acquisition, foreign language classroom discourse, and behavior differences in novice vs. experienced teachers.

I am the co-editor of TESOL Quarterly with my colleague, Peter De Costa, and a consulting editor for Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. I am the past associate editor of the Modern Language Journal  and have been a member-at-large for the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

I have been a visiting instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and Teachers College, Columbia University. I have taught ESL at MSU, UCLA, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School in Beijing, and Philadelphia Community College.

I have absolutely no hobbies, but when I am not working, you can find me cooking, watching movies, running, walking, or biking.  I am obsessed with bike trails and hope to cross more off my bucket list.  (Check out Ohio for some darn good trails.)  I will travel anywhere and have to been to 48 states. If you are from Hawaii or Alabama, I’d love an invitation to give a talk there.


Charlene Polio
Michigan State University
251B Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

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