Professor Emerita, School of Education; Professor Emerita, Department of Linguistics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Research Scientist Emerita, English Language Institute
Diane Larsen-Freeman received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan. Following appointments at UCLA and the Graduate SIT Institute (where she remains affiliated as distinguished senior faculty fellow), she returned to the University of Michigan in January 2002 to direct the English Language Institute for six years. She is currently a research scientist emerita at the English Language Institute, as well as a professor of education emerita, a professor of linguistics emerita, and a faculty associate of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at Michigan. Larsen-Freeman has made presentations in sixty-five countries around the world and is the author of eight books. She was the editor of the journal Language Learning for five years.
Larsen-Freeman focuses her research and interests on attempting to understand the process of second language acquisition. She also researches English grammar. She regards English grammar not only as a set of structural patterns, but also as an important resource for making meaning and for adapting language appropriately to the communicative context. In addition, she has found that chaos/complexity theory provides new insights into language, its acquisition, and its use. She sees all three as complex, non-linear, dynamic processes. Such a perspective has contributed to her dynamic view of language, which she has applied to teaching grammar, or “grammaring” as she calls it. The approach also acknowledges the individual paths that students chart to second language success and views teaching as fundamentally a process of managing learning.
Diane-Larsen Freeman retired as of December 31, 2012.
Larsen-Freeman, D. & Tedick, D. (In preparation). World language teaching. Handbook of Research on Teaching. 5th edition.American Educational Research Association.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (In preparation). Research into practice: Grammar learning and teaching. Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (In press). Ten Lessons from CDST: What is on offer. In Z. Dörnyei, P. MacIntyre, and A. Henry (Eds.), Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning, Multilingual Matters.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (In press). Complexity theory. In B. VanPatten and J. Williams (Eds.), Theories in Second Language Acquisition, Routledge.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2014). It’s about time. Perspectives (may require logging in). Modern Language Journal 98(2), 665-666.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2014). Saying what we mean: Making the case for second language acquisition to become second language development. Language Teaching/ FirstView Article / April 2014, pp. 1-15.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2014). Teaching grammar. In M. Celce-Murcia, D. Brinton and M.A. Snow (Eds.), Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (4th ed.) National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning, 256-270.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2013). Complex, dynamic systems and technemes. In J. Arnold Morgan and T. Murphey (Eds.), Meaningful Action: Earl Stevick’s Influence on Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2013). A promising combination: Complexity theory, design-based research, and CALL. CALICO Book Series, Volume 11, May 2013.
Larsen-Freeman, D. (2013). Transfer of learning transformed. Language Learning, Volume 63, Special Issue, 107-129.