Christen Pearson

Professor
Department of English
Linguistics

241 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-2993
pearsonc@gvsu.edu

Christen Pearson

Courses
ENG 363 Applied Linguistics
ENG 365 Teaching English as a Second Language
ENG 467 Language Disorders and English Literacy
ENG 660 Educational Linguistics
ENG 664 Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching
ENG 665 Second Language Acquisition

Research Interests
Interface of second language acquisition and language disorders in children; Second language acquisition in post-institutionalized internationally adopted children.

Recent Publications
Pearson, C. (2012). Language attrition: Nowhere, somewhere, or never there? The Family Focus, Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA).

Pearson, C. (2012). Language and the three As: Attrition, assessment, and advocacy for IA children. The Family Focus, Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA).

Pearson, C. (2011-2012, Fall/Winter). When learning a language is not enough.  Knowing how to use it. The Family Focus, 17(3/4), 1-2, 4-5. Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA).

Pearson, C. (2011). Where did it go? The hide and seek of language attrition and the freeze tag of language stagnation. Transforming Learning: Teaching and Advocacy & ESL at the Crossroads: Combined Two-Year MITESOL 2009-2010 Conference Proceedings (pp. 90-104). Lulu Press: MITESOL. 

Pearson, C. (2011). Things your TESOL prof never told you. Transforming Learning: Teaching and Advocacy & ESL at the Crossroads: Combined Two-Year MITESOL 2009-2010 Conference Proceedings(pp. 56-76). Lulu Press: MITESOL.

Pearson, C. (2009).Phonological working memory and preschool ESL children: A study and review of the literature.  Spotlight on Re-Search: A New Beginning – Selected Proceedings of the 2008 MITESOL Conference(pp. 33-53). Lulu Press: MITESOL.

Pearson, C. (2008, Fall). First language attrition in internationally adopted children.  (Feature article.)  The Family Focus, Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA).  Spring 2009:  Archived at Tapestry Press.

Education
B.A., University of Miami
M.A., Southern Illinois
Ph.D, Indiana University