Sandra J Savignon

Sandra Savignon, Professor Emerita of French and English as an International Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics, Penn State University.  
My research has focused on issues related to second language acquisition, language testing,  communicative language teaching and curriculum design. I have taught courses in second language acquisition, communicative language teaching (CLT), language and gender and World Englishes, drawing students  from the College of Education and departments of Linguistics, French, German, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts.  During my tenure at the University of Illinois I founded and directed the multidisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE).

My books include Communicative Competence: An Experiment in Foreign-Language Teaching (Center for Curriculum Development 1972), and Communicative Competence: Theory and Classroom Practice (Addison Wesley 1983), winner of the Modern Language Association of America Mildenberger Medal for an outstanding research publication in the field of second/foreign language teaching. A second edition was published by McGraw Hill (1997) with a Japanese translation appearing in 2009.   Interpreting Communicative Language Teaching: Contexts and Concerns in Teacher Education (Yale University Press 2002) is an edited volume that looks at CLT and teacher education from an international perspective. The contributors include distinguished researchers from the US, Asia, and Europe.

I am a past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and served as convenor of the Scientific Commission for Language Teaching Methodology and Teacher Education for the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) from 1996-2005.

Throughout my professional career I have had the privilege of  giving seminars and consulting on CLT in Asia, Europe, North and South America. I am proud to count among my former students classroom teachers, program administrators, materials developers and university faculty working to promote understanding of CLT in language programs around the world.   My husband Gabriel and I are now happily settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico where we enjoy year 'round sunny skies, a vibrant cultural mix, amazing vistas and the frequent company of our three children and eight grandchildren.                 CV