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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At AAA 2017 in Washington, DC I presented a paper ‘Investigating language practices and ideologies with and within museums and preschools’ as part of a double panel on The Anthropology of Education Matters’ in Informal Learning Contexts. As always, the AAAs were an opportunity to reconnect with far-flung friends. This photo shows me with Dr. Marilyn Merritt, a linguistic anthropologist at George Washington University whose work has inspired me since my graduate student days.
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).