Steven Thorne

Professor of Second Language Acquisition

Steve Thorne received his M.A. (Hindi and Urdu) and Ph.D. (Language, Literacy, and Culture) from the University of California at Berkeley.

His teaching and research interests include second language acquisition, new media and online gaming environments, and theoretical and empirical investigations of language, interactivity, and development.

He currently works on a variety of projects that examine technology-mediated language learning occurring within and outside of formal educational settings, ancestral language maintenance and revitalization among the Yup’ik in Alaska, and exploring the conceptual and practical consequences of divergent theories of second language development.

He is frequently invited to present talks and workshops on a variety of language-related topics including Internet communication and information technologies, intercultural communication, Vygotskian and cultural-historical activity theory, corpus linguistics, second language development and pedagogy, and ancestral/indigenous language revitalization.

His book length works include a co-edited book on Internet-mediated Intercultural Foreign Language Education (Thomson/Heinle, 2006) and the co-authored volume Sociocultural Theory and the Genesis of Second Language Development (Oxford University Press, 2006).

  • Ph.D.
    University of California, Berkeley