The Selected Proceedings of the 2017 Second Language Research Forum, edited by Hope Wilson, Nicole King, Eun Jeong Park, and Kirby Childress, has just been published. I have a chapter therein, ‘Engaged Second Language Research: Studying Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Preschool DLLs’ Science and Language Learning’, co-authored with Brian Seilstad, Jackie Ridley, and Somin Kim. We provide an overview of the Expanding Repertoires project, framing it as an example of engaged L2 research. We focus on the exploratory study in Central Ohio, which examined the perspectives and experiences of informal science and ECE educators and the various bi/multilingual families they serve across contexts.
While a doctoral student at UCLA, I had the honor and pleasure of working with Chuck Goodwin, whose work on the moment-by-moment conduct of face-to-face social interaction informed the work of scholars across disciplines, inside and outside the academy. Fred Erickson has written a beautiful obituary for Chuck, published in American Anthropologist.
This year I have the honor of serving as one of the 3 inaugural Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration (ORIC) Faculty Research Fellows. Xin Feng is the Fellow for the Department of Human Sciences, Scott Graves is the Fellow for the Department of Educational Studies, and I am the Fellow for T&L. Each of us serves as an ambassador and representative of ORIC to other faculty in our departments and across the College and the University. We provide research consultation to college faculty, students, and staff in our areas of expertise.
My advisee Somin Kim has received a Selected Korean Class Grant for the Korean language class that she teaches at Columbus North International School, which is the first Korean language program offered in K-12 schools in central Ohio. This grant is offered by the Chicago Korean Education Center, Consulate General of Republic of Korea and open to teachers who teach Korean in formal and informal settings in the United States. The grant will provide Somin with a cash award and several sets of textbooks and workbooks. Somin has also been awarded the Rolfe E. & Michael L. Wood Memorial Scholarship from the College for the 2019-2020 year! Congratulations!
On Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT, Rita Deedrick (Director, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation) and I will lead a webinar for the Association of Children’s Museums, Museums in Service to Young Multilingual Learners: Findings from an Exploratory Project. We will share key findings from our NSF-funded project that sought to lay the groundwork for improving informal science learning experiences for preschool dual language learners (DLLs). ACM members are invited to join us to hear about what was learned from the project and how the findings may inform future practice and research.
The College of Education and Human Ecology’s newly reorganized Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration (ORIC), under the leadership of our Associate Dean for Research Natasha Slesnick, PhD, is pleased to announce a new ORIC Affiliates Program. Building on the former Research Methodology Center (RMC) Affiliates Program, ORIC will be expanding the program with the goal of deepening our engagement with scholars in EHE and across Ohio State. While the program will still serve as catalyst for interactions with others who are interested in research methodology, the new program will expand this focus to include scholars with a particular affinity for working on culturally sustainable research. As a community, our ORIC Affiliates will be invited twice yearly to come together for networking, brainstorming and interdisciplinary discussion. Through these gatherings we will facilitate the formation of working groups with interest in innovative and collaborative approaches to research.
FLRT is hosting ‘Revisit: Job Search, Job Interview, Job Talk in Applied & Sociocultural Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, SLA, (Foreign/Second/Bi-/Multilingual) Language Research, Teaching, & Education’. Four of the speakers are recent OSU graduates who have secured tenure-track positions: Dr. Stacey Alex (Spanish & Portuguese), Dr. Laurene Glimois (French & Italian), Dr. Tabitha Kidwell (Teaching & Learning, University of Maryland), and Dr. Celia Martínez-Sáez (Spanish & Portuguese). Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Germanic Languages & Literatures) and I will add our insights as seasoned professors and search committee members.
OSU has welcomed 20 Fulbright students from Germany for a three-week seminar on diversity and inclusion in education. The seminar is being led by my T&L colleague Francis Troyan and is administered by the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs. My family had the pleasure of being home-stay hosts for a Fulbrighter this past weekend. Berrin is pictured here, left, with Steven and Furkan, 2 other Fulbrighters who joined us for a meal and Gallery Hop.
The edited volume Conversation Analytic Perspectives on English Language Learning, Teaching and Testing in Global Contexts is out! With Peter Sayer and Taiane Malabarba, I have a chapter in it, ‘Teaching English in marginalized contexts: Constructing relevance in an EFL classroom in Rural Southern Mexico’. Check out the publisher’s blog post about the volume.