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.
My advisee Jackie Ridley is a recipient of a 2018 Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship, a highly competitive grant awarded by the Council of Graduate Students. At Ohio State, the Ray Award is given to applicants who are actively engaged in academic service within the university as well as the community. The Ray Award will support Jackie as she presents a co-authored paper on ESL Teacher Advocacy for Multilingual Students at the 2018 TESOL International conference in Chicago this spring.
At AAA 2017 in Washington, DC I presented a paper ‘Investigating language practices and ideologies with and within museums and preschools’ as part of a double panel on The Anthropology of Education Matters’ in Informal Learning Contexts. As always, the AAAs were an opportunity to reconnect with far-flung friends. This photo shows me with Dr. Marilyn Merritt, a linguistic anthropologist at George Washington University whose work has inspired me since my graduate student days.
OSU is hosting the 2017 Second Language Research Forum! AISLab will present on Friday at 4 pm in Hagerty Hall 062. Our paper ‘Engaged second language research: Supporting dual language learners science and language learning’ describes the Expanding Repertoires project and presents some preliminary findings from the Exploratory Study. Sunday morning I will serve as moderator for the panel discussion by the plenary speakers Patricia Duff, Brian MacWhinney, Kara Morgan-Short, and Lourdes Ortega. SLRF attendees are then invited to visit COSI and the Language Pod from 11 to 2 pm. Photo: Minseok Choi, Brian Seilstad, Leslie, Jackie Ridley, Somin Kim (current AISLab minus undergrad research assistants Andrea and Anisa).
The Graduate Student Working Group for Foreign Language Research and Teaching (FLRT) will be hosting a workshop on IRB with an emphasis on classroom-based research on Monday, October 2nd, 4 – 5:30 pm at Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library (3rd floor). The workshop will be lead by Joni Barnard (ORRP) and me and it will address such topics as teacher/school involvement in recruitment, parental permission, classroom video, BuckIRB, and answering questions in BuckIRB to help IRB reviewers understand and approve the application. The workshop will be helpful for students who are new to IRB and for students who would like to learn more about the IRB process and system.
A great resource for students interested in video-based research on social interaction is now available at Learning How to Look & Listen. This website brings together resources from a conference supported by the Spencer Foundation at Arizona State University where an interdisciplinary group of older and younger scholars gathered to document and illustrate the basic patterns of visual and auditory attention that are employed by researchers who use video to study social interaction. Two scholars who trained me, Chuck Goodwin and Barbara Rogoff, are part this fabulous group.
The new Buckeye Language Network website went live this summer. I have the honor of being the first faculty member to be in the BLN Spotlight.
My advisee Somin Kim has been awarded the Leona Rolfes and Ernest Michael Heldt Memorial Scholarship for 2017-2018.