Professional Portfolio

Dr. Amanda Lanier, Assistant Professor

Center for Language Teaching Advancement

Michigan State University

Because learning transforms who we are and what we can do, it is an experience of identity. It is not just an accumulation of skills and information, but a process of becoming... it is in that formation of an identity that learning can become a source of meaningfulness and of personal and social energy.

from Communities of Practice (Wenger, 1998, p. 215)

For the last five years I have been working as a teacher educator in the MSU Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching Program. Our graduate students come from across the U.S. and around the world, and they speak over a dozen different target languages. We teach them in a fully online program that is specifically designed to hone their existing competences in language and pedagogy and develop them into master teachers of their target languages.

In the MAFLT, the courses that I teach most often are the Methods course, the Foreign/Second Language Acquisition course, the course on Culture in Foreign Language Teaching, and a Special Topics course that alternates between Literacy in a Foreign Language and Sociolinguistics and Spoken Language. I also mentor the final master's projects, known as Experiential Modules, in alternate years; serve on the admissions committee; evaluate final portfolios; support marketing and recruitment efforts; and advise students as needed. My appointment is in the academic unit of CeLTA, and I am affiliated faculty in the SLS/TESOL program where I teach face-to-face courses in alternate years and work with students.

The pages of this site offer an overview of the courses I have developed and taught, student feedback on those courses, presentations and workshops I have given at MSU and other institutions, and research projects initiated since I arrived here. My reflective essay is embedded below. If you have any questions or would like to see further materials, please do not hesitate to contact me at alanier at msu dot edu.


Language learning contributes an important means to communicate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world... This competence is developed and demonstrated by investigating the world, recognizing and weighing perspectives, acquiring and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, communicating ideas, and taking action.

from Guiding Principles for Language Learning at

My academic curriculum vitae is available in web-based form here: Dr. Amanda Lanier - CV.