Karen Lybeck, Ph.D.

Professor | English

Address: 212D Armstrong Hall (AH 212D)
Phone: 507-389-5509
Email: karen.lybeck@mnsu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in Communications from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN


Karen joined the TESOL program at Minnesota State Mankato in 2006. Before she came here, she taught at Ball State, UW Green Bay, and Gustavus Adolphus. Karen started her journey in language-teacher education at the U in the early 1990s. From Moorhead to Minneapolis to Mankato, she has spent most of her life in Minnesota. Karen also spent 4 years in Norway during her graduate and undergraduate years.

Karen's graduate work was in Second Language Acquisition and Sociolinguistics, and her work since has mostly centered around different aspects of teaching phonology, discourse, and functional grammar for second-language learners within academic contexts and content. Karen's newest project is working with the CETL Faculty Fellows program. She will be facilitating a course for faculty in which they will be working toward teaching for social justice.


  • CETL Faculty Fellows: The Socially-Just Classroom: Teaching for Equity 2030
  • ENG 482/582 Teaching Listening & Speaking to English Learners
  • ENG 484/584 Teaching Grammar & Vocabulary to English Learners
  • ENG 491: Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
  • ENG 633: Second Language Acquisition
  • ENG 689: Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics
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