Research project in dual language education through Buckeye Childhood Bilingualism Research Lab

During the 2017-18 and 2018-2019 my collaborators and I have been working with bilingual teachers at a local public school with a two-way dual language program. This work has become the Proyecto Senderos, which is examining the implementation of a dual language program in a diverse urban school district.

More information about the Buckeye Childhood Bilingualism Research Lab: https://bcbrl.ehe.osu.edu/

Special thanks to our teacher partners: Carol Ann Mira (pictured teaching an ESL class below), Katy Myers (principal), Delia Angles, Sabenia Bain, Joy Berlin, Rocio García, Annalese Lynch, Silvia Morales, Brenda Nieves.

Doctoral students: Melissa Adams-Corral, Mario Martínez, Grace Kim, Lindsey Rowe, Susan Ataei, Jessica Somerville.

Fulbright FLTA Orientation hosted at OSU

We were pleased to be selected as a new host site for the Fulbright program’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant orientation. During July 30-August 2, we hosted 50 world language teachers from 30 countries, representing almost 20 languages.

Dual Language Summer Institute for Teachers

During June 9-13, Melissa Adams-Corral and I collaborated this summer with teachers from the Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy on the second summer institute for dual language educators. Many thanks to doctoral student Susan Ataei. (Melissa shown here leading an activity with Carol Ann Mira, Markia Miller, Joy Berlin and the rest of the group.)

TESOL Journal editors

Starting in January 2019, Youngjoo Yi and I became the editors of TESOL Journal. We will serve a three-year term (2019-2021). At the TESOL conference in Atlanta, we had our first Editorial Advisory Board meeting, and met prospective authors at the Wiley publisher booth.

For more information about contributing your manuscript to TESOL Journal, see https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/19493533

Presentations at AAAL and TESOL 2019

The AAAL and TESOL conventions were in Atlanta, Georgia this year. I was on two panels, and presented:

Implications of Translanguaging for TESOL Practitioners  and Translanguaging in TESOL: Problematizing Translanguaging 

Thanks to Kristen Lindahl and Zhongfeng Tian, panel organizers.

Workshop for educators at the Ohio Heritage Language Summit

It was an honor to be able to present a workshop with my colleague Dr. Glenn Martinez for teachers and administrators at the Ohio Heritage Language Summit here at OSU Dec. 9-10, 2018. Our workshop was “Identifying Heritage Language Learners and Creating Affirming Experiences”. The summit was organized to help educators with the implementation of Ohio’s new Seal of Biliteracy. Wonderful to see these opportunities and events to support bilingual students in Ohio!

Research presentations at the Language Policy and Planning Conference, August 23-25

I had two presentations with colleagues from UT-San Antonio at the LPP conference in Toronto. I presented my work on a bilingual program in Columbus, “Social Class and Dual Language Education”, and with David Martínez Prieto we presented “English Ideologies during Anti-Mexican Times: EAL Teachers as Cultural Mediators” (will be published soon as a forum article in TESOL Quarterly). Thanks David for the chance to collaborate on this exciting work!

Summer Institute for English Teachers from Mexico

We were very proud to host 87 public school English teachers from Mexico this July for a month-long professional development program sponsored by the Mexican Ministry of Education. A special thank you to the excellent OSU team, the program co-director Dr. Ivan Stefano, and the teachers from Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Michoacán, and Sonora.

Research presentations at the ISLS Conference, June 28-30

I presented two research papers at this year’s ISLS conference hosted at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. With Dr. Katy Henderson of UTSA, we presented “Translanguaging Pedagogy as Language Ideology for Bilingual Youth in Texas“, and I also presented on “Intercultural Awareness and Language Ideology Change: How Trumpism has Shifted Views of English in Mexico“.