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Language Teaching

Principles and practices of language learning and teaching

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Principles and practices of training language teachers

Online Learning

Principles and practices of designing and implementing instruction in online spaces

Applied Linguist | Language Teacher Educator 

This site includes my professional portfolio as well as sets of resources on language teaching, teaching language teachers, online instruction, and my own forays into teacher inquiry as well as work I have done with my students as a mentor and collaborator. 

I am an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and director of the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching in the MSU College of Arts and Letters.

The MAFLT is a distance-based graduate program designed to meet the needs of current teachers and aspiring educators of any target language. We provide a principled balance of theory and practice in an interactive and personalized format. Courses emphasize proficiency-based approaches, effective integration of culture and technology, and leadership.

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If you are part of the MSU community, you can reach me via Outlook or Teams. I use Bookings for appointments.

Find me on campus

Around the corner from CeLTA

Center for Language Teaching Advancement

B135 Wells Hall

Reach me 

MSU ID: alanier

Office: 517-884-7764

Anywhere: 517-618-1579

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