An Interview with Diane Larsen-Freeman

Bob Ashcroft, Tokai University

Welcome to the September/October edition of TLT Interviews! For this edition, we are happy to bring you two interviews that discuss language learning through the learners’ social constructs and personal histories. Our first interview is with Diane Larsen-Freeman, who will discuss the role that Complex Dynamic Systems Theory has in Second Language Acquisition. The second interview is with Judith O’Loughlin, who shares her knowledge on education for students who have experienced interruptions in formal education. So, without further ado, to our first interview!

Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita and former Director of the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute. She is also Professor Emerita at the Graduate SIT Institute in Vermont and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent books are Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (2008, with L. Cameron), the third edition of Techniques and Principles (2011, with M. Anderson), and the third edition of The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning, and Use for English Language Teachers (2015, with M. Celce-Murcia). She was interviewed by Bob Ashcroft. Mr. Ashcroft has lived and worked in Poland, Germany, and Cambodia, and currently teaches International Communication at Tokai University in Sapporo. He has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Birmingham University, and the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults. His research interests include CALL, vocabulary acquisition and corpus linguistics. You can find out more at