The Language Pod is trying out a new kind of citizen science where the public can help us design, run, and analyze a whole language science experiment from start to finish. We’ve adapted some of our demos, along with new ideas, into fun games and things on the site, too. We’d love to have any and all of you participating if you’d be interested! Check it out at BLNDIY Citizen Science https://u.osu.edu/blndiy/
The 2020 EHE Research Forum was held in the Ohio Union on St. Valentine’s Day this year. Minseok Choi, Grace Kim, Somin Kim, and I presented in a panel on the Expanding Repertoires project. I provided an overview of project goals, design, and major findings. Somin, Minseok, and Grace presented 2 papers on the bilingual and multi-modal scientific meaning-making of two families, one Korean-English bilingual, one Spanish-English bilingual. They were fabulous!
The 3rd Graduate Student Symposium for Foreign Language Research and Teaching is Friday, January 31, 2020, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Barbie Tootle Room in the Ohio Union. The first part of the morning is a session on the application of theory in pedagogical practice (a ‘teaching tips’ rotation session to be presented at AAAL 2020). Next is a panel discussion on the coordination of language programs, with a focus on how theory and research inform practice. The panelists are Drs. Ivan Stefano, Larysa Stepanova, Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm, and Wynne Wong. The afternoon session is dedicated to graduate student presentations.
Xin Feng (PI, Human Development & Family Science), Ping Zhang (Co-PI, Computer Science & Engineering), and I (Co-PI) have been awarded a Big Idea Seed Grant. Dean Don Pope-Davis started this grant program to support faculty engaged in research to address a well-defined social, educational or health problem or disparity with the goal of identifying solutions by fostering innovation. Our project ‘Children’s Biobehavioral Regulation of Emotion in Naturalistic Environment and the Effect of Maternal Depression’ will examine children’s biobehavioral regulation in naturalistic home settings and explore the use of new AI-based speech recognition programs to analyze child speech samples.
Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), Laura Wagner (Psychology) and I have been awarded a Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant ($58,000). We have 3 project goals for ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish: (1) develop a set of language science activities that both feature the Spanish language as their subject matter and also can be conducted in Spanish, (2) integrate these activities into the public outreach efforts of the Language Sciences Research Lab at COSI, and (3) create the infrastructure to ensure that the activities continue to be used past the end of the project.
My advisee Min-Seok has received the Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship for his presentation at the 2020 American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. The Ray Award committee examines how applicants contribute to the three-part mission of the University: research, teaching, and service. Congratulations, Min-Seok, for being selected for this award!
Dr. Monique Mills (University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders), Bethany Frick (Speech and Hearing Sciences), my advisee Somin Kim and I had a poster at the 2019 American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. We presenting an update on 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.
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.