We just held our session ‘Supporting Multilingual Education in Early Childhood: Linguistic Anthropological Approaches’. Organized by Jennifer Reynolds (USC) and Amy Kyratzis (UCSB), the session examines the issue of how early childhood educators can be supported in sustaining and leveraging children’s expertise as a legitimate and generative means to expand linguistic repertoires and associated forms of knowledge production. The Zoom recording and documents will available through June 2022 to conference participants.
Min-Seok Choi’s dissertation project Disciplinary language and literacy practices for international students in architecture: Collaborative imagining through studio desk crits has been awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Grant by The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), in the area of Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, the Professions, and Educational Contexts. Congratulations, Minseok!
The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the EHE Office of Research, Innovation, Collaboration’s (ORIC) QualLab are sponsoring a virtual, 3-day institute. The Advanced Methods Institute: Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers runs Wednesday, June 2 through Friday, June 4. I will moderate a panel, Breaking it Down: A Conversation about How Qualitative Scholars Advance Culturally Relevant Research and lead a topical lunch discussion, Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Research. #OSUAMI2021
I am presently participating in the 2021 American Association for Applied Linguistics virtual conference. With Jackie Ridley (Kent State), I have a paper, ‘Ideologies at the intersection of language learning, science learning, and play’. Our paper is part of the colloquium Jackie organized on Language Learning and Play in Preschool Settings, along with papers by Amy Kyratzis (UCSB), Katie Bernstein and Ryleigh Hait (ASU). It is amazing to be hanging out with so many applied linguists in one “place”, hearing about the work they are engaged in now.
This past weekend I gave an invited talk as part of a panel ‘Multilingual Communities in Ethnographic Perspectives’. This panel was part of a series of Literacy Talks organized by the New Literacy Studies Forum/Kajian Literasi Baru. Also presenting was my former advisee Dr. Artanti Sari, who gave a wonderful presentation grounded in her dissertation research with Indonesian-Muslim families who migrated to the US and used online digital telecommunication technology to socialize their children into languages, literacy, and religion.
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.
A new publication based on my research with Monique Mills (U of Houston) is out! Perceptions of Black Children’s Narrative Language: A Mixed-Methods Study reports on our mixed-methods study, which addressed two aims. First, we examine the impact of language variation on the ratings of children’s narrative language. Second, we identify participants’ ideologies related to narrative language and language variation. The article is part of a special issue of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Serving African American English Speakers in Schools Through Interprofessional Education & Practice. You can listen to guest editor Monique Mills talk about the issue and the development of strategies for speakers of African American English.
The paperback version of Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives is now available. The edited volume, which was first published in 2016, showcases research at the interface of religion and multilingualism, offering an analytical focus on religion in children and adolescents’ everyday lives and experiences. My chapter in it, ‘Moving across languages, literacies and schooling traditions’, is based on my work in northern Cameroon and Central Ohio.
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.
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.