Sophia University

Academics Professors Information


Associate Professor
Applied Linguistics. Second Language Education

B.A., University of Windsor
M.A., University of Guelph
M.A., University of New England
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Research and Teaching Interests:

As an applied linguist, my primary research examines developmental processes informing L2 writing and draws from dynamic systems theory and usage-based theories of additional language development. I also explore the interface between emergentism and Vygotysky’s sociocultural theory, as well as the utility of literary texts for developing L2 proficiency. In the classroom, I engage students with recent studies on writing and literacy development, and encourage students to reflect upon and apply various educational theories to their own developing academic literacies.

Email: ggfogal[at]
Office: 10-601
Tel: 03-3238-4033

Selected Publications


  • Fogal, G. G. & Verspoor, M. H. (Eds.). (under contract). Complex dynamic systems theory and L2 writing development. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Fogal, G. G. (2012). Global focus: Integrated skills. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Fogal, G. G. (under contract). Unpacking ‘simplex systems’: Curricular thinking for L2 writing development. In G. G. Fogal & M. H. Verspoor (Eds.) Complex dynamic systems theory and L2 writing development. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Fogal, G. G. (in press). Using thought modeling to identify control parameters: A complex dynamic systems theory perspective on ESL Shakespeare studies in Ontario secondary schools. In A. Paran (Ed.), Shakespeare and the second language learner. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Fogal, G. G. & Pinner, R. (in press). Exploring literary texts as a tool for developing L2 oral proficiency. In C. Jones (Ed.) Literature, spoken language and speaking skills in second language learning. Cambridge, UK: CUP.

Journal Articles


Courses No Title 2020 Semester Offered
Spring / Autumn