Intercultural English Language Programs at OSU

The Ohio State University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program has a new name: The Intercultural English Language Programs reflects a more expanded notion of English language learning. The new name reflects a more expanded notion of English language learning. Learn more about our programs.

Language Pod 10th anniversary!

This Stroop Effect cookie comes from our after-hours reception in COSI’s Life exhibit to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ohio State’s Language Sciences Research Lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI). Guests had opportunities to experience what it’s like to be in a research study about language, ask our computer “Avatar” questions about the pod, and chat with our student researchers. Language Pod Director Laura Wagner spoke about the past decade and on what we hope to accomplish in the future!

Advancing Ohio’s English Learners

The Ohio Department of Education has funded Advancing Ohio’s English Learners (AOEL), a project for which I am a co-PI. The purpose of AOEL is to create a comprehensive system of supports for English learners and their families whose school learning and engagement have been negatively impacted during the coronavirus pandemic. Belinda Gimbert (Education Studies) and Melissa Ross (Center on Training and Education) lead the four-part project. Peter Sayer and I will lead Activity 3, the development and dissemination of digital resources for K12 educators who work with English learners.

Saida Mohamed AAUW Dissertation Fellow

I am a member of the dissertation committee of Saida Mohamed, a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Saida has just been awarded an Association of American University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2022-23 award year. Her dissertation examines the multilingual literacies (Somali, English, Kiswahili, Classical Arabic) of three families and their five to fourteen-year-old children of Somali and refugee background living in Nairobi, Kenya. Through the lenses of literacy as a social practice and funds of knowledge, Saida explores the connections between the children’s dugsi, school, and home language and literacy learning experiences and analyze how children and parents live and understand these experiences. 

AAAL 2022

I attended the 2022 Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, held in person in Pittsburgh, overlapping with March Madness. Grace Kim and I presented a paper, ‘Bilingual, multimodal, and collaborative sense-making in a science museum’, in which we examined the ways Spanish-speaking family groups with bilingual children on a visit to a science museum worked collaboratively and multimodally to find information and construct knowledge. It was wonderful to see friends and former advisees, got me looking forward to AAAL 2023 in Portland!

Grace Kim awarded travel grant

Grace Kim has been awarded the T&L Graduate Student Travel Grant and the ORIC Graduate Student Travel Award for the trip to present our co-authored paper, ‘Bilingual, multimodal, and collaborative sense-making in a science museum” at the American Association for Applied Linguistic Conference in March 2022.

AAA 2021 virtual session: Supporting multilingual ECE

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.

LJ Randolph talk at OSU

Dr. LJ Randolph Jr. (UNC Wilmington) will give a lecture, Anti-colonial and Anti-racist Language Pedagogies: Reimagining Curricular Frameworks on Friday, November 12th, 2:20-3:40pm. This event is co-sponsored by the BuckLER Center in the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, with co-promotion by CLAS. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be presented via Zoom. Click on the first link above for more information.

NAEYC 2021 session

I am part of a session ‘Bridging the gap: Developing accessible STEM programs and building partnerships to support bilingual children & families’ at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC 2021). I am joined by Hardin Englehardt (Marbles Kids Museum) and Grace Sanchez (GrowingGreat). We discuss developing bilingual, accessible, culturally-relevant activities and building community partnerships to reach families. If you are registered for the conference, our session is available through November.