James P. Lantolf

James P. Lantolf - Director of the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Penn State

James P. Lantolf, Ph.D.

Jim Lantolf is Greer Professor of Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics at The Pennsylvania State University. He directs the Center for Language Acquisition in the College of the Liberal Arts and has served as Director of CALPER since 2002. Jim Lantolf has published widely in the area of applied linguistics and is the co-author of Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative in L2 Education (Routledge, 2014) and Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development (Oxford, 2006). His research focuses on a wide number of theoretical issues in sociocultural theory and second language learning.Within the professional community, Jim Lantolf serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and is a member of several editorial boards.

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Select Publications: 
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Poehner, M. E. (2014). Sociocultural theory and the pedagogical imperative in L2 education. New York: Routledge. Winner of the 33rd Kenneth W. Mildenberger Award by the Modern Language Association of America
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2007). Conceptual knowledge and instructed second language learning: A sociocultural perspective. In S. Fotos, & H. Nassaji (Eds.), Form focused instruction and teachers education: Studies in honour of Rod Ellis (pp. 35-54). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2006). Re(de)fining language proficiency in light of the concept "languaculture." In H. Byrnes. (Ed.), Advanced language learning. The Contributions of Halliday and Vygotsky (pp. 72-91). London: Continuum.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2006). Sociocultural theory and second language learning: State of the art. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28, 67-109.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Centeno-Cortes, B. (2006). Internalization and language acquisition. In B. Tomlinson (Ed.), Language acquisition and development: Studies of learners of first and other Languages (pp. 90-106). London: Continuum.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Thorne, S. L. (2006). Sociocultural theory and the genesis of L2 development. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Thorne, S. L. (2006). Sociocultural theory and second language acquisition. In B. van Patten, & J. Williams (Eds.), Theories in second language acquisition (pp. 201-224). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Negueruela, E. J., & Lantolf, J. P. (2006). A concept-based approach to teaching Spanish grammar. In R. Salaberry, & B. Lafford (Eds.), Spanish second language acquisition: State of the art. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.
  • Negueruela, E., & Lantolf, J. P. (2005). Concept-Based Instruction: Teaching Grammar in an Intermediate-Advanced Spanish L2 University Classroom. (CALPER Working Paper Series, NO. 3). The Pennsylvania State University: Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2005). Sociocultural theory and L2 learning: An exegesis. In E. Hinkel. (Ed.), Handbook of second language research (pp. 335-354). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Poehner, M. E., & Lantolf, J. P. (2005). Dynamic Assessment in the language classroom, Language Teaching Research, 9, 233-265.
  • Negueruela, E. J., Lantolf,J. P., et al. (2004). The "Private Function" of gesture in second language communicative activity: A study on motion verbs and gesturing in English and Spanish, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 14, 113-147.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2003). Intrapersonal communication and internalization in the second language classroom. In A. Kozulin, V. S. Ageev, S. Miller and B. Gindis. (Eds.), Vygotsky's educational theory in cultural context. (pp. 349-370). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Poehner, M. E., & Lantolf, J. P. (2003). Dynamic assessment of L2 development: Bringing the past into the future. (CALPER Working Paper Series, No. 1). The Pennsylvania State University, Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research. Also published as: Lantolf, J. P., & Poehner, M. E. (2004). Dynamic Assessment: Bringing the past into the future, Journal of Applied Linguistics, 1, 49-74.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (2001). Sociocultural theory and SLA. In R. B. Kaplan. (Ed.), Handbook of applied linguistics (pp. 109-119). Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Pavlenko, A. (2001). (S)econd (L)anguage (A)ctivity: Understanding learners as people. In M. Breen.(Ed.), Learner contributions to language learning: New directions in research (pp. 141-158). London: Pearson.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Sunderman, G. (2001). Foreign languages in the school curriculum: The struggle for a place in the sun, The Modern Language Journal, 85, 5-25.
  • Lantolf, J. P. (Ed.)(2000). Sociocultural theory and second language learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Appel, G. (Eds.) (1994). Vygotskian approaches to second language research. Norwood NJ: Ablex.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Frawley, W. (1988). Proficiency: Understanding the construc, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 10, 181-196.