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).
My doctoral advisee and graduate research assistant Brian Seilstad is featured in the new issue of EHE’s Inspire Magazine. Check out ‘Supporting English Language Learners‘.
I presented on the Expanding Repertoires project at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute with my colleague Marie Quisumbing (Manager of Early Childhood Initiative at COSI until recently, now with Columbus City Schools, one of our partners on the NSF AISL grant). The PLI was an amazing mix of early childhood educators – university faculty, center directors, state officials, consultants, etc.
OSU has committed to offering Spanish and Mandarin interpretation at Commencement as a “pilot” this spring. They continue to seek qualified interpreters for Somali, Arabic, and Brazilian Portuguese. Check out the story on WOSU Radio, ‘After A Push From Students, Ohio State Will Offer Commencement Translations‘.