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Peter De Costa
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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

B-257 Wells Hall
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pdecosta@msu.edu

Peter I. De Costa is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Before joining MSU, Peter taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. 

Peter’s primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA), though he researches other issues in applied linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research, scalar approaches to language learning, language learning and emotions, language policy in Asia, and corpus-based understandings of EAP genre-related challenges encountered by international students studying in US universities. To find out more about his work, go to:

http://pdecosta.msu.domains/

https://independent.academia.edu/PeterDeCosta

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0389-1163

 

Peter is a recipient of several awards: the Fulbright scholarship (Harvard University, 2001-2002), the M.A.K. Halliday scholarship (conferred by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, 2008), the American Association of Applied Linguistics Graduate Student Travel Award (2010), the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dissertator Fellowship (2010), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language SIG Dissertation of the Year Award (2012), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Language and Social Processes SIG Emerging Scholar Award (2016).

He is also an active member of the following professional organizations:

(http://www.tesol.org/about-tesol/association-governance/professional-councils-and-governance-committees/research-council)

 

In January 2018, Charlene Polio and he will assume co-editorship of TESOL Quarterly:

http://www.tesol.org/news-landing-page/2016/12/09/tesol-appoints-new-co-editors-for-tesol-quarterly

 

If you have questions about Peter’s research, please feel free to contact him.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (SELECTED)

Refereed Journal Articles

 

Norton, B., & De Costa, P.I. (2018, in press). Research tasks on identity and language education. Language Teaching.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Crowther, D. (2017, in press). SLA and World Englishes. World Englishes.

 

De Costa, P.I., Singh, J., Milu, E., Wang, X., Fraiberg, S., & Canagarajah, S. (2017, in press). Pedagogizing translingual practice: Prospects and possibilities. Research in the Teaching of English, 51(4).

 

Crowther, D., & De Costa, P.I. (2017, in press). Developing mutual intelligibility and conviviality in the 21st century classroom: Insights from ELF and IC. TESOL Quarterly. doi: 10.1002/tesq.341

 

Supasiraprapa, S., & De Costa, P.I. (2017, in press). Metadiscourse and identity construction in a teaching philosophy: A critical case study of two MATESOL students. TESOL Quarterly.

 

Waller, L., Wethers, K, & De Costa, P.I. (2017).A critical praxis: Narrowing the gap between identity, theory, and practice. TESOL Journal, 8(1), 4-27.

 

Wargo, J.M., & De Costa, P.I. (2017). Tracing academic literacies across contemporary literacy sponsorscapes: Mobilities, ideologies, identities, and technologies. London Review of Education, 15(1), 101-114.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Norton, B. (2017). Identity, transdisciplinarity, and the good language teacher. Modern Language Journal, 101-S, 3-14.

 

Wolff, D., & De Costa, P.I. (2017). Expanding the language teacher identity landscape: An investigation of the emotions and strategies of a NNEST. Modern Language Journal 101-S, 76-90.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2016). Constructing the global citizen: An ELF perspective. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 26(2), 238-259.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2016). Scaling emotions and identification: Insights from a scholarship student. Linguistics and Education, 34, 22-32.

 

De Costa, P.I., Park, J.S., & Wee, L. (2016). Language learning as linguistic entrepreneurship: Implications for language education. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 25(5-6),695-702.

 

De Costa, P.I., Tigchelaar, M., & Cui, Y. (2016). Reflexivity, emotions and transnational habitus: The case of a ‘poor’ cosmopolitan Chinese international student. AILA Review, 29, 173-198.

 

De Costa, P. I., & Jou, Y-S.. (2016). Unpacking the ideology of cosmopolitanism in language education: Insights from Bakhtin and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 13(2), 73-97.

 

Canagarajah, S., & De Costa, P.I. (2016). Introduction: Scales analysis, and its uses and prospects in educational linguistics. Linguistics and Education, 34. 1-10.

 

Han, Y., De Costa, P.I., & Cui, Y. (2016). Examining the English language policy for ethnic minority students in a Chinese university: A language ideology and language regime perspective. Current Issues in Language Planning, 17(3-4), 311-331.

 

Mahboob, A., Paltridge, B., Phakiti, A., Wagner, E., Starfield, S., Burns, A., Jones, R.H., & De Costa, P. I. (2016). TESOL Quarterly research guidelines. TESOL Quarterly, 50(1), 42-65.

 

Manosuthikit, A., & De Costa, P.I. (2016). Ideologizing age in an era of superdiversity: a heritage language practice perspective. Applied Linguistics Review, 7(1), 1-25.

 

Valmori, L., & De Costa, P.I. (2016). How do foreign language teachers maintain their proficiency?: A grounded theory approach. System, 57, 98-108.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015). Re-envisioning language anxiety in the globalized classroom through a social imaginary lens. Language Learning, 65(3), 504-532.

 

Park, J.H., & De Costa, P.I. (2015). Reframing graduate student writing strategies from an activity theory perspective. Language and Sociocultural Theory, 2(1), 25-50.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014). Making ethical decisions in an ethnographic study. TESOL Quarterly, 48, 413-422.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014). Cosmopolitanism and English as a lingua franca: Learning English in a Singapore school. Research in the Teaching of English, 49, 9-30.

 

De Costa, P. I.  (2014). Bridging the socio-cognitive divide: Rethinking the willingness to communicate concept from a conversation-based ELF perspective. Novitas Royal: Research on Youth and Language, 8, 11-29.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2012). Constructing SLA differently: The value of ELF and language ideology in an ASEAN case study. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 22, 205-224.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2011).Using language ideology and positioning to broaden the SLA learner beliefs landscape: The case of an ESL learner from China. System, 39, 347-358.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2011). Cosmopolitanism and learning English: Perspectives from Hye Lan Alias Joanne. Arizona Working Papers in SLA & Teaching, 18, 55-76.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2010). Language ideologies and standard English language policy in Singapore:  Responses of a 'designer immigrant' student. Language Policy, 9, 217-239.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2010). Reconceptualizing language, language learning, and the adolescent immigrant language learner in the age of postmodern globalization. Linguistics and Language Compass, 3, 1-12.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2010). From refugee to transformer: A Bourdieusian take on a Hmong learner’s trajectory. TESOL Quarterly, 44, 517-541.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2010). Let’s collaborate: Using developments in global English research to advance socioculturally-oriented SLA identity work. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 18, 99-124.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2007). Notions of identity in the global use of English. SAAL Quarterly, 79, 6-11.

 

De Costa, P.I., Bernales, C., & Merrill, M. (2011). Research in the doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Language Teaching, 44, 542-548.

 

Tremmel, B., & De Costa, P.I. (2011). Exploring identity in SLA: A dialogue about methodologies. Language Teaching, 44, 540-542. 

 

Journal Guest Editor

De Costa, P.I., & Canagarajah, S. (2016).Special issue of Linguistics and Education, 34, “Scalar approaches to language teaching and learning”.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Norton, B. (2017).Special issue of Modern Language Journal, 101-S, “Transdisciplinarity and language teacher identity.”

 

De Costa, P.I., Rawal, H., & Zaykovskaya, I. (forthcoming). Special issue of System, “Study abroad in contemporary times: Toward greater methodological diversity and innovation”

 

Bolton, K., & De Costa, P.I. (forthcoming). Special issue of World Englishes, “World Englishes and SLA: Towards dialogue and synergy”

 

Books

De Costa, P. I. (2016). The power of identity and ideology in language learning: Designer immigrants learning English in Singapore. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

 

De Costa, P. I. (Ed.) (2016). Ethics in applied linguistics research: Language researcher narratives. New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P.I., Papi, M., Wolff, D., David, V., & Qin, K. (under contract). Second language acquisition applied: What teachers working with language learners need to know. New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P.I., Crowther, D., & Maloney, J. (Eds.) (under contract). Investigating World Englishes: Research methodology and practical Applications. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge.

 

Phakiti, A., De Costa, P.I., Plonsky, L., & Starfield, S. (Eds.) (under contract). The Palgrave handbook of applied linguistics research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Book chapters

De Costa, P.I., Valmori, L., & Choi, I. (2017). Qualitative research methods. In S. Loewen & M. Sato (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of instructed second language acquisition (pp. 522-540). New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2017). Situating affect, ethics, and policy in LTI research. In G. Barkhuizen (Ed.), Reflections on language teacher identity research (pp. 158-163). New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Norton, B. (2016). Identity research on language learning and teaching: Research agendas for the future. In S. Preece (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of language and identity (pp. 586-601). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2016). Ethics in applied linguistics research: an introduction. In P.I. De Costa (Ed.), Ethics in applied linguistics research: Language researcher narratives (pp. 1-12). New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Qin, K.  (2016). English language education in the United States: Past, present and future issues. In L.T. Wong & A. Dubey-Jhaveri (Eds.), English language education in a global world: Practices, issues and challenges (pp. 229-238). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2015). Ethics in applied linguistics research. In B. Paltridge & A. Phakiti (Eds.), Research methods in applied linguistics: A practical resource (pp. 245-257). London: Bloomsbury.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2015). Tracing reflexivity through a narrative and identity lens. In Y. L. Cheung, S.B. Said & K. Park (Eds.), Advances and current trends in language teacher identity research (pp. 135-147). New York: Routledge.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2011). Flexible citizenship and learning English: The case of a Korean ESL learner. In J. Watzke, P.C. Miller & M. Mantero (Eds.), ISLS readings in language studies, Volume 2: Language and power (pp.351-368). Lakewood Ranch, FL: International Society for Language Studies.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2007). The chasm widens: The trouble with personal identity in Singapore writing. In M. Mantero (Ed.), Identity and second language learning: Culture, inquiry, and dialogic activity in educational contexts (pp. 190-234). Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2007). Exploring ‘voice’ in students’ writing: The case of Chinese ESL students.  In P. Teo, & C. Ho (Eds.), Discourse in the modern world: Perspectives and challenges (pp. 6-27)Singapore: McGraw Hill.

 

De Costa, P.I., Maloney, J., & Crowther, D. (forthcoming). Global Englishes. In A. Phakiti, P.I. De Costa, L. Plonsky, & S. Starfield (Eds.). The Palgrave handbook of applied linguistics research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Sterling, S., & De Costa, P.I., (forthcoming). Ethical applied linguistics research. In A. Phakiti, P.I. De Costa, L. Plonsky, & S. Starfield (Eds.). The Palgrave handbook of applied linguistics research. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Book Reviews

De Costa, P. I. (2017).  Review of Why English? Confronting the hydra. In Current Issues in Language Planning. DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2017.1301136

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015).  Review of Literacy as translingual practice: Between communities and classrooms. In Writing & Pedagogy, 7, 181-186.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015).  Review of Language ideologies and the globalization of ‘standard’ Spanish. In Language Policy. 14, 423-425.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2015). Review of Multilingualism, discourse and ethnography. In Linguistics and Education, 29, 92-93.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2012).  Review of The Continuum companion to discourse analysis. In Modern Language Journal, 96, 631-632.  

 

De Costa, P. I. (2010).  Review of Exploring learner language. In MinneWITESOL Journal.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2010).  Review of Multilingualism in post-Soviet countries. In Journal of Sociolinguistics, 14,262-266.  

 

De Costa, P. I. (2009).  Review of English as an international language: Perspectives and pedagogical issues. In World Englishes, 28,552-554.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2009).  Review of Issues in language planning and literacy. In Language Policy, 8, 295-297.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2009). Review of Disinventing and reconstituting languages. In TESOL Quarterly, 43, 161-163.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2007).  Review of Maintaining a minority language: A case study of Hispanic teenagers. In Language and Education, 21,361-364.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)

 

De Costa, P.I. (March, 2017). The power of identity and ideology in TESOL. Coffee with Distinguished TESOLers at The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2016, May). A critical praxis: Narrowing the gap between identity, theory, and practice. English learning teaching in an era of globalization: Problems, practices, and possibilities. English Language Teaching seminar organized by the English Department and ELC/ETELP at the National University of Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL), Dili, East Timor. [Plenary]

 

De Costa, P. I. (2016, April). Global Englishes and SLA: Establishing a dialogue and common research agenda. Language Learning Roundtable colloquium at The American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Orlando, USA. [Organizer]

 

De Costa, P. I. (2016, April). A situated (and subjective) representation of the current landscape of LSP research. Language and Social Processes (LSP) SIG Business Meeting at the American Education Research Association (AERA), Washington D.C., USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015, November). Ethics in applied linguistics research. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Language and Literacy Group at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015, April). Ethnography, identity, ideology and research ethics in applied linguistics. Language and Social Processes (LSP) SIG Business Meeting at the American Education Research Association (AERA), Chicago, USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015, April).Scalar approaches to language, time and space: Further directions. University of Birmingham, University of Leeds, and the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), England.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015, March).Examining identity, TESOL, cosmopolitanism: EIL and ELF perspectives. The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, October). Bridging the ELF and SLA divide. Forum on the teaching of English as Lingua Franca at the Seventh International Conference on English Language Teaching in China, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, June). Reconceptualizing cosmopolitanism in language and literacy education. Paper presented at theInternational Conference on Language organized by the Ministry of Education (China) and UNESCO at Suzhou, China.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, April). Ethics in SLA. Forum at the 2014 SLA Graduate Student Symposium at the Universiy of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2013, December).Reconceptualizing cosmopolitanism as a dialogic disposition in language and literacy education. Literacy Colloquium at the College of Education Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2013, April). The power of language ideologies: Designer immigrants learning English in Singapore. Paper presented at the Second Language Research SIG Business Meeting at The American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA. [In honor of being the recipient of the SIG’s 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award]

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (SELECTED)


Phyak, P., Rawal, H., & De Costa, P. I. (2017, July). Dialogue as a decolonial effort: Nepali youth transforming monolingual ideologies. Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) colloquium paper to be presented at The International Association of Applied Linguistics 2017 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

 

Gutierrez, L., & De Costa, P. I. (2017, July).Rescaling communicative activity in the global farmland: The linguistic practices of migrant farmworker youth. Colloquium paper to be presented at The International Association of Applied Linguistics 2017 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

 

Maloney, J.S., & De Costa, P. I. (2017, July).A tale of two sisters: Japanese bilinguals across local and global scales. Paper to be presented at The International Association of Applied Linguistics 2017 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

 

De Costa, P.I. (2017, March). When tragedy strikes: Preparing researchers for unexpected trauma during fieldwork. Colloquium discussant at The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2017, March). An ecological exploration of the SLA/language policy interface: Insights from linguistic minorities in China. Paper to be presented at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2017 Conference, Portland, March 2017.

 

De Costa, P.I. (2017, March). Language teacher identity and transdisciplinarity in a multilingual world. Colloquium discussant at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2017 Conference, Portland, March 2017.

 

Supasiraprapa, S., & De Costa, P.I. (2017, March). Metadiscourse and identity construction in a teaching philosophy: A critical case study of two MATESOL students. Paper to be presented at The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Seattle, Washington, USA.

 

Rawal, H., & De Costa, P.I. (2017, March). Managing emotions related to language identity. 9th Annual Graduate Academic Conference, Michigan State University, USA.

 

Supasiraprapa, S., & De Costa, P.I. (October, 2016). Metadiscourse and identity construction in a teaching philosophy: A critical case study of two MATESOL students. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing (SSLW), Tempe, Arizona, USA.

 

De Costa, P.I., Valmori, L., & Choi, I. (September, 2016). Qualitative research methods. Paper presented at The Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) Conference, New York, USA.

 

De Costa, P.I. (June, 2016). Elite multilingualism. Colloquium discussant at Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Sterling, S. (April, 2016). Ethical research in ESL from the researcher’s perspective. Paper presented at The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Baltimore, USA.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Jou, Y-S. (April, 2016). Unpacking the ideology of cosmopolitanism in language education: Insights from Bakhtin and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Paper presented at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2016 Conference, Orlando, USA.

 

Wolff, D., & De Costa P.I. (April, 2016). The role of emotions in language teacher development. Paper presented at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2016 Conference, Orlando, USA.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Yawen, H. (November, 2015). Examining the English language policy for ethnic minority students in a Chinese university: An ideological perspective. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

 

De Costa, P. I., & Rawal, H. (November, 2015).Landscaping a Midwestern Nepalese community from the inside. Paper presented at the Language Education & Diversity Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Qin, K. (November, 2015). Negotiating language policy at the local level: An ESL teacher’s enacting of new policy standards in a U.S. high school. Paper presented at the Language Education & Diversity Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Tigchelaar, M., & De Costa, P.I. (November, 2015). “I do the peer review by myself”: A Chinese learner’s approach to L2 writing. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, Auckland, New Zealand.

 

De Costa, P.I., & Crowther, D. (October, 2015). Global Englishes and SLA: Establishing a dialogue and common research agenda. International Association of World Englishes (IAWE) Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Crowther, D., & De Costa, P.I., (August 2015). Agency vs. proficiency in English as a Lingua Franca: Interactions between NSs and NNSs at a US university. Paper presented at the Eighth International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF8), Beijing, China.

 

Qin, K., & De Costa, P.I. (June, 2015).Negotiating language policy at the local level: An ESL teacher’s enacting of new policy standards in a U.S. high school. Paper presented at the Bridging Language Acquisition and Language Policy Symposium, Lund, Sweden.

 

De Costa, P. I. (June, 2015).Identity matters: Tracing reflexivity through teacher narratives. Colloquium paper presented at the International Society for Language Studies Conference 2015, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 

 

De Costa, P. I. (June, 2015).From black box to black hole: Unpacking the designer student immigration apparatus in Singapore. Colloquium paper presented at The Sociolinguistics of Globalization (SLGX) 2015 Conference, Hong Kong.

 

De Costa, P. I., & Rawal, H. (May, 2015).Landscaping a Midwestern Nepalese community from the inside. Paper presented at the Linguistic Landscape 7 Conference. Berkeley, California, USA.

 

De Costa, P. I. (March, 2015).Advancing the teacher identity research agenda: Theoretical and methodological innovations. Colloquium at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2015 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [Co-organizer with Dominik Wolff]

 

De Costa, P. I. (March, 2015). Rethinking ideology in applied linguistics: Theoretical innovations. Colloquium at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2015 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. [Co-organizer with Elizabeth Miller]

 

De Costa, P. I. (March, 2015). Problematizing ideology in the age of superdiversity. Colloquium at The Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2015 Conference, Washington, DC, USA. [Co-organizer with Elizabeth Miller]

 

De Costa, P. I. (2015, March). Re-envisioning language anxiety in the globalized classroom through a social imaginary lens.Roundtable paper presented at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2015 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, September).Bridging the language policy theoretical gap: A scalar approach. Paper presented at the Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2014, Calgary, Canada.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, August).Bridging the language policy theoretical gap: A scalar approach. Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) colloquium paper presented at The International Association of Applied Linguistics 2014 Conference, Brisbane, Australia. 

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, June). Scalar approach to language, time and space: Further directions. Introduction to the colloquium at Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, Jyväskylä, Finland.

 

De Costa, P. I. (2014, March).Ethics in educational linguistics research: Language researcher narratives. Introduction to the colloquium at The American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2014 Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.