InterviewSPECIAL ISSUE ON CDST, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017)

An Interview with APPLE Lecture Speaker Professor James Pennebaker

Eun Young Kang1,

Yulin Liu1,

Sarah Sok1,

Di Yu1,

Yuna Seong1

1 Teachers College, Columbia University

Abstract

On February 24, 2017, the TESOL/AL Web Journal (represented by Eun Young Kang, Yulin Liu, Sarah Sok, Di Yu and Yuna Seong) had the opportunity to sit down with Professor James Pennebaker, guest speaker for the 2017 Applied Linguistics & Language Education (APPLE) Lecture Series, hosted annually by the TESOL/Applied Linguistics Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Pennebaker spoke about his research and advice he has for current and future researchers in the TESOL and Applied Linguistics fields.

Professor James Pennebaker is the Regents Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Executive Director of a university-wide educational initiative called Project 2021. His work on expressive writing found that physical health can improve by writing about traumatic events/experience. We thank Professor Pennebaker for the great opportunity to learn more about his work and research. We also thank Fred Tsutagawa for videotaping and Dr. Hoa Nguyen for coordinating the APPLE Lecture Series Interview.