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Patsy M. Lightbown
  • Patsy M. Lightbown

  • Description: Patsy M. Lightbown is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Concordia University in Montreal and Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Her research focuses on how instruction and feedback affect second-language acquisition in classrooms where the emphasis is on "communicative" or "content-based" language teaching. The contexts for her work have included elementary schools in Canada and, more recently, dual-language bilingual classes in the U.S. She recently contributed to a series of professional development workshops coordinated by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Boston public television station WGBH.

    Her Oxford University Press publication How Languages are Learned (co-authored with Nina Spada) won first prize in the Applied Linguistics area of the English-Speaking Union's 1993 competition, and is now available in a fully-revised Third Edition.