Alene Moyer

Professor Moyer received her MA and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in Germanic Languages and Applied Linguistics (1995). She taught for several years at Georgetown University before coming to the University of Maryland in Fall 1999. Dr. Moyer specializes in second language phonology, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, instructional methodologies, and the structure and acquisition of German. Her graduate and undergraduate courses focus on these topics, as well as the intersections of language, identity and power. Dr. Moyer’s first book appeared in 2004 with Multilingual Matters, entitled: Age, Accent and Experience in Second Language Acquisition. An Integrated Approach to Critical Period Inquiry. Her second book, Foreign Accent: The Phenomenon of Non-native Speech, (Cambridge University Press, 2013) explores issues of learner ability, experience, and orientation as relevant for adult phonological acquisition, as well as the social and legal ramifications of speaking with an accent. Her third book, Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent, is a co-edited volume with John Levis of Iowa State University, (DeGruyter Mouton, 2014, Trends in Applied Linguistics series). Dr. Moyer has published her research in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, Journal of Multicultural and Multilingual Development, Issues in Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Annals, and in several edited volumes. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities where she oversees undergraduate and graduate curricula and programs, graduate student recruitment and fellowships, ARHU’s five living-learning programs, and the Learning Outcomes Assessment (LOA) process.

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