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James P. Lantolf
Center for Language Acquisition
The Pennsylvania State University
304 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802-5203

Phone: (814) 863-7035
Fax: (814) 865-1316
Email: jpl7@psu.edu
James P. Lantolf (1974, Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Pennsylvania State University) is Greer Professor of Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Applied Linguistics. He directs the Center for Language Acquisition in the College of the Liberal Arts and has served as Co-Director of CALPER since 2002, when CALPER was established. Jim Lantolf has published widely in the area of applied linguistics and is the co-author of Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development (2006, with Steven L. Thorne). 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.

Project 2010-2014: Figurative Language, Conceptual Fluency and L2 Proficiency
Project 2006-2010: Dynamic Assessment

Selected Bibliography:
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Poehner, M. E. (2011). Dynamic assessment in the classroom: Vygostkian praxis for second language development. Language Teaching Research, 15 (1), 11-33.
  • 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.
  • Thorne, S. L., & Lantolf, J. P. (2006). A linguistics of adaptable signs. In A. Pennycook & S. Makoni (Eds.), Disinventing language . Clevedon: Multicultural Matters.
  • 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.
  • Lantolf, J. P., & Poehner, M. E. (2004). "Dynamic Assessment: Bringing the Past into the Future." Journal of Applied Linguistics 1: 49-74.
  • 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. [CALPER DOWNLOAD]
  • 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 construct."Studies in Second Language Acquisition 10: 181-196.