This panel celebrates International Mother Language Day, designated by the UNESCO (https://www.un.org/en/observances/mother-language-day) to recognize the importance of mother languages and linguistic diversity. The panel features graduate students who are mother tongue speakers of minority and indigenous languages. FLRT is a co-sponsored of this event, along withe T&L’s DECo and EHE’s EDGE Office.
The 2021/4th FLRT symposium will take place virtually on Friday, January 29, 10 am-5:10 pm (EST). We are very fortunate to have Dr. Deborah Crusan, Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Wright State University, for a 30-minute live talk, ‘Writing Assessment Literacy: A Necessity in Good Writing Pedagogy’, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. We will have 10 graduate student presentations, scheduled between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.(EST) or 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (EST). Dr. Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm will give the welcome and opening remarks, and I will give the closing ones. More detailed information about the symposium (e.g., agenda, professor bios, presentation abstracts, and Zoom link) can be found on the FLRT website.
The paperback version of Navigating Languages, Literacies and Identities: Religion in Young Lives is now available. The edited volume, which was first published in 2016, showcases research at the interface of religion and multilingualism, offering an analytical focus on religion in children and adolescents’ everyday lives and experiences. My chapter in it, ‘Moving across languages, literacies and schooling traditions’, is based on my work in northern Cameroon and Central Ohio.
Grace Kim and I have a new research brief, Multilingual families and field trips, published in Connected Science Learning. Based on findings from the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project, we propose the intentional inclusion of families in school field trips for young children as a practice with great potential to help science museums connect and engage with bi/multilingual families, provided the field trip is designed to support family learning and language use.
Members of the Expanding Repertoires research team just presented a great colloquium at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) 2020, ‘Scientific language and literacy practices of bilingual families with young children’. Grace Kim organized the colloquium and presented a paper, and Somin Kim and Minseok Choi presented papers. I was the chair and provided an introduction to the Expanding Repertoires project, within in which the reported research was conducted. We had a great turn-out and dynamic discussion. This was my first all-online conference.
FLRT has organized a panel ‘Exploring Career Paths Post-graduation’. This event will provide FLRT members with the chance to hear from three newly graduated Ohio State alumni who have successfully found a job related to language research and teaching post-graduation. The alumni will virtually share their job search process and will also participate in a live Q&A session. Friday, 16 October 2020, 9-10 am (EST). Please see the attached flyer
Check out the new videos from ¡Aquí se habla español!: Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish on the COSI Connects website. The videos are products of the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme Community Engagement Grant I have with Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), and Laura Wagner (Psychology). The videos were created by our amazing graduate research associates, Luana Lamberti and Shawntel Barreiro. COSI Connects is COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun at-home science discovery and learning. COSI is providing exciting and engaging science through COSI videos and hands-on science you can try with your family at home.
The 2020 EHE Research Forum was held in the Ohio Union on St. Valentine’s Day this year. Minseok Choi, Grace Kim, Somin Kim, and I presented in a panel on the Expanding Repertoires project. I provided an overview of project goals, design, and major findings. Somin, Minseok, and Grace presented 2 papers on the bilingual and multi-modal scientific meaning-making of two families, one Korean-English bilingual, one Spanish-English bilingual. They were fabulous!
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.