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 American Anthropological Association is holding a virtual conference this year, Raising Our Voices 2020. With Monique Mills (U of Houston), I have a virtual poster, ‘People aren’t going to tell stories in the same way’: A mixed-methods study of adult perceptions of Black children’s narrative language. This poster reports on a mixed-methods study of adults’ perceptions of Black children’s narrative language conducted by a linguistic anthropologist and a speech and hearing sciences researcher.
Today’s QUAL-Lab was a panel discussion of ethics in qualitative research. I was joined by Ann Allen (Educational Studies) and Weidong Li (Human Sciences). Bakari Lumumba (Educational Studies) hosted the event, which was part of a series of lunches that offer information about an important qualitative topic such as anti-racist research designs, ethics in ethnographic research, how to obtain grants with a qualitative design, and more. You can register for future QualLab events, including the Unapologetic Educational Research: Addressing Anti-Blackness, Racism and White Supremacy series at https://u.osu.edu/quallab/events/.
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.
Dr. Monique Mills (University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders), Bethany Frick (Speech and Hearing Sciences), my advisee Somin Kim and I had a poster at the 2019 American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. We presenting an update on our project ‘Assessing Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions”. Funded by a Cross-College Seed Grant, the study examines how teachers and parents evaluate the language of school-age Black students informally and formally, with our ultimate goal being to improve academic assessment of this group.
The Selected Proceedings of the 2017 Second Language Research Forum, edited by Hope Wilson, Nicole King, Eun Jeong Park, and Kirby Childress, has just been published. I have a chapter therein, ‘Engaged Second Language Research: Studying Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Preschool DLLs’ Science and Language Learning’, co-authored with Brian Seilstad, Jackie Ridley, and Somin Kim. We provide an overview of the Expanding Repertoires project, framing it as an example of engaged L2 research. We focus on the exploratory study in Central Ohio, which examined the perspectives and experiences of informal science and ECE educators and the various bi/multilingual families they serve across contexts.
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.
Two of my doctoral advisees have been awarded travel grants from the Department of Teaching & Learning and the Education & Human Ecology Office of Research. Somin Kim (pictured here at AAAL) will present with me at the 2019 meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) on our Cross-College Seed Grant- funded project (with Dr. Monique Mills and Bethany Frick) ‘Assessing Black Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions’. Jackie Ridley will present ‘Making (And Not Making) Connections with a “Mirror Text”: Intertextuality with Refugee and Immigrant Youth’ at the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference. Congratulations on receiving two grants for your travel!