Carnegie Mellon University

Rémi Adam Van Compernolle

Rémi Adam Van Compernolle

William S. Dietrich II Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition and French and Francophone Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
160 Baker Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


As an applied linguist, I have broad interests related to the roles that language use and language learning play in the lives of people in the real world, including how people learn languages and how language use reflects, and shapes, cognition. My primary research interests center around second language acquisition (SLA), pedagogy, and assessment.

Thematically, my work focuses on (1) the development of second language pragmatic and sociolinguistic knowledge and performance abilities, (2) classroom discourse and pedagogical interaction, (3) the relationship between second language acquisition and explicit instruction, and (4) the use of computer and Internet technologies in language learning, teaching, and testing.

Theoretically, my work draws on Vygotskian cultural-historical psychology, also known as sociocultural theory of mind. Methodologically, I incorporate both qualitative (e.g., microanalysis of discourse, interviews) and quantitative methods (e.g., inferential statistics) into my work as means of understanding second language development as a multifaceted process. In the past, I have also worked on issues related to (native speaker) French sociolinguistics and pragmatics.

My teaching interests reflect my research interests. As a member of the SLA faculty, these include teaching courses on SLA theories, second language research methods, the role of instruction in SLA, and second language pragmatics and interaction. As a member of French and Francophone Studies faculty, my interests also include French sociolinguistics and pragmatics, computer-mediated French discourse, and French grammar and phonology.


Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Department Member Since