Congratulations to my advisee Minseok Choi! He has been awarded the AERA Division I (Education in the Professions) inaugural Graduate Student Research Award for his research proposal ‘Academic Language Socialization for International Students in Architecture: Collaborative Imagining through Studio Desk Crits’. Minseok will receive a plaque and a prize of $500 at the 2021 AERA Division I Business meeting during the annual conference.
This panel celebrates International Mother Language Day, designated by the UNESCO (https://www.un.org/en/observances/mother-language-day) to recognize the importance of mother languages and linguistic diversity. The panel features graduate students who are mother tongue speakers of minority and indigenous languages. FLRT is a co-sponsored of this event, along withe T&L’s DECo and EHE’s EDGE Office.
The 2021/4th FLRT symposium will take place virtually on Friday, January 29, 10 am-5:10 pm (EST). We are very fortunate to have Dr. Deborah Crusan, Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Wright State University, for a 30-minute live talk, ‘Writing Assessment Literacy: A Necessity in Good Writing Pedagogy’, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. We will have 10 graduate student presentations, scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.(EST) or 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EST). Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm will give the welcome and opening remarks, and I will give the closing ones. More detailed information about the symposium (e.g., agenda, professor bios, presentation abstracts, and Zoom link) can be found on the FLRT website.
The American Anthropological Association is holding a virtual conference this year, Raising Our Voices 2020. With Monique Mills (U of Houston), I have a virtual poster, ‘People aren’t going to tell stories in the same way’: A mixed-methods study of adult perceptions of Black children’s narrative language. This poster reports on a mixed-methods study of adults’ perceptions of Black children’s narrative language conducted by a linguistic anthropologist and a speech and hearing sciences researcher.
Members of the Expanding Repertoires research team just presented a great colloquium at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2020, ‘Scientific language and literacy practices of bilingual families with young children’. Grace Kim organized the colloquium and presented a paper, and Somin Kim and Minseok Choi presented papers. I was the chair and provided an introduction to the Expanding Repertoires project, within in which the reported research was conducted. We had a great turn-out and dynamic discussion. This was my first all-online conference.
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.
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.