Marilyn Plumlee obtained her PhD in linguistics from the University of Hawaii n 2003. Since 2012, she has been a faculty member of AUC’s Department of Applied Linguistics, prior to which she was a faculty member of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea) from 2000-2012. Since the year 2015-16, she has been serving as director of AUC’s MA TESOL program in the Department of Applied Linguistics.
Her general areas of interest and research are multi-lingualism and language contact phenomena, the teaching and learning of second languages, and sign language linguistics, using ethnographic and discourse analytic methodologies. Current research projects include documenting the linguistic landscape of Cairo, the evolution of language used to promote Egypt’s tourism since 2011, a discourse analysis of novice teacher talk, and analyzing the process and impact of incorporating intercultural awareness and communication skills in language teacher professional development.
Her scholarly publications include “International Sign: Its Use as an International Conference Lingua Franca”, “Interdisciplinary Applications of Sociolinguistic Methods and Models", “How Do the Dynamic Factors of Korean Society Translate into Language Learning Practices? ” and “Lingua Franca or Language of Domination? Implications of the Two Faces of English”. Her most recent publication is “The Linguistic Landscape of Cairo: From the Rosetta Stone to the Ring Road Billboards—Signs of their Times” (2017) in A. Gebril, ed. Applied Linguistics in the Middle East. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Between 2000 and 2012, she was invited frequently to present conference keynote talks, workshops and classes on language and linguistics in Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Thailand and Australia. In Egypt, she has also been invited to several Egyptian universities to give talks on her areas of expertise and research interests. Her service to the field of applied linguistics and the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESOL) include serving as national president of the respective TESOL organizations in both Korea and Egypt.
At AUC, she is a member of the Graduate Advisory Council and has served on several of its task forces as well as on several committees at the departmental and university level. She also launched and coordinates a departmental lecture series called “Looking Into Language: The Second Time Around” which offers all AUCians an opportunity to hear the content of talks given by Applied Linguistics faculty and graduate students at international conferences outside Egypt or at venues in Egypt other than at AUC.
COURSES TAUGHT AT AUC in the Department of Applied Linguistics
- Introduction to Linguistics
- Language in Culture (cross-listed with Anthropology)
- Methods in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), I & II
- Teaching Listening and Speaking: Theory and Practice
- Language Pragmatics
- Second Language Acquisition
- Intercultural Communication: Theory, Practice & Pedagogical Applications