Lisa Renee Pierce

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Office Address

Dept. Of Linguistics
4080 FLB, MC-168
707 S. Mathews St
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

(217) 333-3563

Personal profile

Before returning to UIUC, Dr. Lisa Pierce was at Lynchburg College in Virginia where she was an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Director of ESL, and one of the founders of the TESL/TEFL program. She earned her PhD in linguistics (and a SLATE certificate) from UIUC in 2014. During her time here, Dr. Pierce taught ESL in the Intensive English Institute, taught pronunciation in the ESL service courses, and coordinated the English Proficiency Interview (EPI). She has taught ESL in a variety of contexts including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea. She is an avid traveler, has three dogs, and is a certified SCUBA diver. 

Research Interests

SLA, applied linguistics, phonology, phonetics, ESL, and teacher education.

Professional Information

I have developed web-based applications to train novel phonemes - applications that were based on laboratory research but are intended for classroom use. I'm also interested in the perception and production of articles and morphology by language learners, and in oral proficiency testing. 


PhD, Linguistics UIUC
MA Linguistics George Mason University
MA International Ed/ESL The George Wasthington University
B.S. French/Business Penn State


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