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.
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).
I presented on the Expanding Repertoires project at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute with my colleague Marie Quisumbing (Manager of Early Childhood Initiative at COSI until recently, now with Columbus City Schools, one of our partners on the NSF AISL grant). The PLI was an amazing mix of early childhood educators – university faculty, center directors, state officials, consultants, etc.