OH TESOL 2019 Conference

The 2019 Ohio TESOL Conference takes place here in Columbus, Ohio on October 11th and 12th. The theme this year is Collaborate! Educate! Initiate! This is an annual meeting of various stakeholders (teachers, researchers, students, community support networks, etc.) who work with English learners and multilingual speakers in Ohio. I am is the featured speaker on Saturday morning. I will talk about the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project and reflect on the power of TESOL professionals and how we amplify our impact and expand our skills and knowledge through our collaboration with non-TESOL partners (students, families, non-TESOL colleagues, community organizations). I am also leading a workshop with COSI colleagues on hands-on and inquiry-based science with English learners.

Travel Grants to Kim and Ridley

Two of my doctoral advisees have been awarded travel grants from the Department of Teaching & Learning and the Education & Human Ecology Office of Research. Somin Kim (pictured here at AAAL) will present with me at the 2019 meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) on our Cross-College Seed Grant- funded project (with Dr. Monique Mills and Bethany Frick) ‘Assessing Black Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions’. Jackie Ridley will present ‘Making (And Not Making) Connections with a “Mirror Text”: Intertextuality with Refugee and Immigrant Youth’ at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Congratulations on receiving two grants for your travel!

Marckwardt Travel Grant awarded to Ridley

My advisee Jackie Ridley has been awarded the Albert H. Marckwardt Travel Grant, which is open to TESOL members who are graduate students in TESL/TEFL programs worldwide. Only 2 awards are available each year for doctoral students. The award will provide Jackie with a cash award of US$500 and the waiver of her 2019 TESOL International Convention registration fee.

AAA 2018 panel honors Elinor Ochs

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.

Poster at ASHA 2018

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.

EHE Travel Grants to Choi and Safriani

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!

Ohio TESOL 2018 poster presentation

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.

Symposium honoring Elinor Ochs

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.

1st FLRT Symposium

Faculty and students are invited to the 1st Graduate Student Symposium for Language Research and Teaching on January 26, 11 am – 4:30 pm at the Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room. No registration required. Coffee & refreshments will be provided. The symposium is hosted by the Graduate Student Working Group for Foreign Language Research and Teaching. For more information, please contact Gina Wrobel: wrobel.31@osu.edu

Jackie Ridley awarded Ray Travel Award

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.