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Professor Margie Berns

Education: PhD in Linguistics

Affiliation: Purdue University, USA


Department of English

Purdue University

500 Oval Drive

West Lafayette, Indiana 47907


Phone: +1-765-494-3774






Margie Berns is Professor of Second Language Studies/ESL at Purdue University (Indiana, USA). Her research focus is the sociolinguistics of English worldwide and the pedagogical implications of English for global communication. Recent projects include a study of the “Chinese-ness” of the English fiction by Ha Jin; a discussion of the constructs “lingua franca” and “Lingua Franca English”; and an interdisciplinary, international study of the presence of English in the media lives of European youth. She was section editor for the Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (Elsevier) and editor of the Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Elsevier) and of the journal World Englishes. She has authored Contexts of Competence: Social and Cultural Considerations in Communicative Language Teaching (Plenum Press) as well as articles and book reviews for collections and journals. She has taught and lectured in Brazil, China, Germany, the Netherlands, and Russia. Past President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) and Program Chair of the 2006 meeting of IAWE, she has membership in Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), for which she served as President in 2001 and Conference Chair in 2002.

Selected Publications