Diane Larsen-Freeman, PhD

Diane Larsen-Freeman holds a PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan, where she is professor emerita, having served on faculty from 2002–2012. She is also professor emerita at SIT Graduate Institute, where she was on faculty from 1978–2002. Currently, she is a visiting senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Larsen-Freeman has spoken at conferences in over 60 countries, and has published several books and more than 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her books include Discourse Analysis and Second Language Acquisition (edited); An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research, with Michael Long; The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use for English Language Teachers, with Marianne Celce-Murcia; Techniques and Principles of Language Teaching, with Marti Anderson; and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics, with Lynne Cameron. Additionally, she has written about teaching grammar (Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring) and has directed a grammar series (Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use).

In 1999, Dr. Larsen-Freeman was named one of 30 ESL pioneers in the twentieth century by ESL Magazine, and received the Heinle/Cengage Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Her book on complex systems received the 2009 Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize from the Modern Language Association; in the same year, the Hellenic American University conferred on Dr. Larsen-Freeman an honorary doctoral degree in humanities, and in 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Innsbruck. She received the American Association for Applied Linguistics’ Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award in 2011. Dr. Larsen-Freeman is a former editor of Language Learning and currently serves as chair of the journal’s board of directors.


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MA, University of Michigan
  • BA, State University of New York, Oswego
Diane Larsen-Freeman, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Professor Emerita


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