OSU’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has created a webinar, ‘Pronouns: What They Are and Why They Matter‘. The webinar addresses the increasing frequency in people sharing their pronouns in introductions and/or email signatures and explains what it means and why people are doing this. This pre-recorded webinar was created and presented by diversity educators Lena Tenney of the Kirwan Institute and Leo Taylor of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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 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.
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!
FLRT is hosting ‘Revisit: Job Search, Job Interview, Job Talk in Applied & Sociocultural Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, SLA, (Foreign/Second/Bi-/Multilingual) Language Research, Teaching, & Education’. Four of the speakers are recent OSU graduates who have secured tenure-track positions: Dr. Stacey Alex (Spanish & Portuguese), Dr. Laurene Glimois (French & Italian), Dr. Tabitha Kidwell (Teaching & Learning, University of Maryland), and Dr. Celia Martínez-Sáez (Spanish & Portuguese). Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Germanic Languages & Literatures) and I will add our insights as seasoned professors and search committee members.
The edited volume Conversation Analytic Perspectives on English Language Learning, Teaching and Testing in Global Contexts is out! With Peter Sayer and Taiane Malabarba, I have a chapter in it, ‘Teaching English in marginalized contexts: Constructing relevance in an EFL classroom in Rural Southern Mexico’. Check out the publisher’s blog post about the volume.
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!
In the Language Pod we have a tradition of celebrating our students who are graduating and moving on to exciting new endeavors. Cake is central to that tradition. Congratulations to Hannah and Taylor, 2 of my fabulous 5700 students from Spring 2017 who went to to work as Research Assistants in the Pod and who head next to graduate work in Speech and Hearing Sciences!
On Monday, February 26th I will participate in ‘Careers in Linguistics: A Panel Discussion’. This event is an informal discussion with people who have careers related to Linguistics. I will be joined by Dr. Tim Micek, who directs the MATESOL program at Ohio Dominican University; Gail Messico, who currently serves as the Peace Corps recruiter at OSU and in the Columbus area; and Joe Marulli, who works as a cryptologic linguist providing translation and analysis in support of national defense. The panel will be held in Arps Hall 243, 3–4:30pm.