OH TESOL 2019 Conference

The 2019 Ohio TESOL Conference takes place here in Columbus, Ohio on October 11th and 12th. The theme this year is Collaborate! Educate! Initiate! This is an annual meeting of various stakeholders (teachers, researchers, students, community support networks, etc.) who work with English learners and multilingual speakers in Ohio. I am is the featured speaker on Saturday morning. I will talk about the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project and reflect on the power of TESOL professionals and how we amplify our impact and expand our skills and knowledge through our collaboration with non-TESOL partners (students, families, non-TESOL colleagues, community organizations). I am also leading a workshop with COSI colleagues on hands-on and inquiry-based science with English learners.

Somin Kim receives 2 grants

My advisee Somin Kim has received a Selected Korean Class Grant for the Korean language class that she teaches at Columbus North International School, which is the first Korean language program offered in K-12 schools in central Ohio. This grant is offered by the Chicago Korean Education Center, Consulate General of Republic of Korea and open to teachers who teach Korean in formal and informal settings in the United States. The grant will provide Somin with a cash award and several sets of textbooks and workbooks. Somin has also been awarded the Rolfe E. & Michael L. Wood Memorial Scholarship from the College for the 2019-2020 year! Congratulations!

 

Webinar for Association of Children’s Museums

On Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT, Rita Deedrick (Director, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation) and I will lead a webinar for the Association of Children’s Museums, Museums in Service to Young Multilingual Learners: Findings from an Exploratory Project. We will share key findings from our NSF-funded project that sought to lay the groundwork for improving informal science learning experiences for preschool dual language learners (DLLs). ACM members are invited to join us to hear about what was learned from the project and how the findings may inform future practice and research.

FLRT event: Job Search revisited

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.

 

German Fulbrighters at OSU

OSU has welcomed 20 Fulbright students from Germany for a three-week seminar on diversity and inclusion in education. The seminar is being led by my T&L colleague Francis Troyan and is administered by the College of Education and Human Ecology, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs. My family had the pleasure of being home-stay hosts for a Fulbrighter this past weekend. Berrin is pictured here, left, with Steven and Furkan, 2 other Fulbrighters who joined us for a meal and Gallery Hop.

CA Perspectives on English Language Learning, Teaching, Testing

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.

FLRT workshop on Conversation Analysis

The final FLRT event of 2018 is this Friday, December 30th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, in the 18th Avenue Library, Room 352. Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm and I will lead a data analysis workshop that will introduce students to conversation analysis and its application in Second Language Studies. Light refreshments will be provided along with the data-driven fun.

Ohio TESOL 2018 poster presentation

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.

NAP report on immigrants

The National Academies Press just released a report and a new infographic 10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Immigrants. Two points refer to language: (1) Today’s immigrants are learning English as the same rate or faster than earlier waves of immigrants and (2) 9% of students in the K12 system are in programs designed to help improve their English proficiency.

1st FLRT Symposium

Faculty and students are invited to the 1st Graduate Student Symposium for Language Research and Teaching on January 26, 11 am – 4:30 pm at the Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room. No registration required. Coffee & refreshments will be provided. The symposium is hosted by the Graduate Student Working Group for Foreign Language Research and Teaching. For more information, please contact Gina Wrobel: wrobel.31@osu.edu