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!

Graduation Cake at Language Pod

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!

Careers in Linguistics

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.

AISLab at SLRF 2017

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).

‘Talking Black in America’ screening at COSI

The new documentary ‘Talking Black in America‘ is coming to Columbus on Tuesday, June 6th. The screening will be at COSI in the Galaxy Theater. Executive producer Walt Wolfram will do a Q&A, in conversation with OSU professors, Dr. Elaine Richardson and Dr. Monique Mills. This event is sponsored by the Buckeye Language Network, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Psychology, and COSI. Check out the trailer.

AAAL panel on transdisciplinary approaches in applied linguistics

At the 2017 meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, I will be presenting on the Expanding Repertoires project as part of the Language and Ideology Colloquium, ‘Transdisciplinary Approaches in Applied Linguistics: Exploring Language Practices and Tracing Ideological Effects to Address Real-world Issues’, organized by Liz Miller and Doris Warriner. Our colloquium is on Sunday, March 19. ADDENDUM: Before the panel we had a great lunch of tamales, joined by Kathy Howard (photo by Liz Miller).

Linguist Ladies celebrate start of 2017

One of the things that make me really happy to be at OSU is the Linguist Ladies, an informal group of language researchers from departments all over campus who come together regularly to support and celebrate one another. In this photo several of us are toasting a decade of friendship, peer mentoring, and an ever expanding group of amazing women who study language.

Cross-College Seed Grant with Dr. Monique Mills

Dr. Monique Mills (Speech and Hearing Sciences) and I have been awarded a Cross-College Seed Grant for our project ‘Assessing Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions”. The study addresses race-based educational disparities and is designed to identify culturally-fair measures of narrative language – a skill that predicts students’ academic outcomes in literacy. The study will identify ways in which the language of school-age Black students is evaluated informally and formally, thereby improving academic assessment of this group.