This year at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in a panel in honor of my doctoral advisor, Elinor Ochs. The panel, ‘Experiencing Language: The Contributions of Elinor Ochs to Anthropology’, examined five areas in anthropology that have been inspired by Elinor’s’ work: ethnography of language acquisition across cultures (Amy Paugh), language socialization in educational contexts (Kathy Howard and me), language in ethnic and racial social contexts (Patricia Baquedano-López), autism and communication studies (Laura Sterponi and Wendy Klein), and family and ethics (Tamar Kremer-Sadlik). Bill Hanks and Judith Irvine were the chairs, and Elinor was the discussant.
Dr. Monique Mills (University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders), Bethany Frick (Speech and Hearing Sciences), my advisee Somin Kim and I have a poster at the 2018 American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. We are presenting preliminary findings from our project ‘Assessing Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions”. Funded by a Cross-College Seed Grant, the study examines how teachers and parents evaluate the language of school-age Black students informally and formally, with our ultimate goal being to improve academic assessment of this group.
Two of my doctoral advisees have been awarded travel grants by the College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research. Minseok Choi will present at the Literacy Research Association’s 68th Annual Conference on his research on Critique as a pedagogical practice, examining how critique practice creates learning opportunities in a fine arts studio. Afida Safriani will present with Dr. Francis Troyan at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) on their research on mediation in teacher candidates’ learning of functional linguistics. Congratulations!
Jackie Ridley and Somin Kim will present a poster on the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project at the Ohio TESOL 2018 Conference. The theme this year is Breaking Through Language Barriers: Success Across Content. Our goal is to communicate to practitioners and researchers the power and potential of science education that is hands-on, multimodal, and driven by children’s curiosity, particularly in superdiverse preschool classrooms like those we have studied in Central Ohio.
The National Academies Press just released a report and a new infographic 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Immigrants. Two points refer to language: (1) Today’s immigrants are learning English as the same rate or faster than earlier waves of immigrants and (2) 9% of students in the K12 system are in programs designed to help improve their English proficiency.
In the Language Pod we have a tradition of celebrating our students who are graduating and moving on to exciting new endeavors. Cake is central to that tradition. Congratulations to Hannah and Taylor, 2 of my fabulous 5700 students from Spring 2017 who went to to work as Research Assistants in the Pod and who head next to graduate work in Speech and Hearing Sciences!
FLRT is hosting a workshop on the ins and outs of the Job Search, Job Interview, & Job Talk in the fields of language research & teaching, SLA, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and language education. The speakers are 3 faculty members – Dr. Wynne Wong (French & Italian), Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Germanic), and me – and Devin Grammon (Spanish & Portuguese) who will take up an assistant professor position at University of Oregon this coming fall. The workshop will be April 6th, 2:30-4:30 pm in Mendenhall 125.
On Monday, February 26th I will participate in ‘Careers in Linguistics: A Panel Discussion’. This event is an informal discussion with people who have careers related to Linguistics. I will be joined by Dr. Tim Micek, who directs the MATESOL program at Ohio Dominican University; Gail Messico, who currently serves as the Peace Corps recruiter at OSU and in the Columbus area; and Joe Marulli, who works as a cryptologic linguist providing translation and analysis in support of national defense. The panel will be held in Arps Hall 243, 3–4:30pm.
I spent the past few days at UCLA, participating in Experiencing (In)Competence: A Symposium in Honor of Elinor Ochs. Here is an excerpt from the text sent out to participants in preparation for the symposium: “As humans, we are constantly thrown into unfamiliar contexts, wrought in a fluid world. At the same time, we orient to a sense of normalcy, anchored in hexis. In the midst of this tension, we may discover our own and others’ (In)Competence. (In)Competence is an experiential condition of social action, social life, and social order in motion. Central to this experiential condition is the sense that (In)Competence is imminent: one can become (In)Competent at any moment.” This photo includes several women with whom I have had the great privilege and pleasure of thinking in motion with over the years.