Learning and Instruction
- Cultural Dimensions of Foreign/Second Language Teaching and Learning
- Language Teacher Development and Education
- Early Foreign Language Learning and Language Awareness
- Classroom Discourse and Interaction in L2 Settings
- Culture in Language Education
- Approaches to the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Discourse Analysis and Microethnography
Ph.D., Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Post Doctoral Associate, Yale University, Center for Language Study, 2008-2009
Kearney, E. (in press). Intercultural learning in modern language education: Expanding meaning-making potentials. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?sort=sort_date/d&sf1=tit...
Kearney, E. & Barbour, A. (2015). Embracing, contesting and negotiating new languages: Young children’s early socialization into foreign language learning. Linguistics and Education, 31, 159-173.
Kearney, E. (2015). A high-leverage teaching practice: Leading an open-ended group discussion. Foreign Language Annals, 48 (1), 100-123.
Kearney, E. & Ahn, S. (2014). Preschool world language learners’ engagement with language: What are the possibilities? Language Awareness, 23 (4), 319-333.
Kearney, E. & Ahn, S. (2013). Awakening to world languages: Intercultural awareness in very young learners. Learning Languages, 18 (2).
Kearney, E. (2012). Perspective-taking and meaning-making through engagement with cultural narratives: Bringing history to life in a foreign language classroom. L2 Journal, 4 (1), 58-82.
Kearney, E. (2010). Cultural immersion in the foreign language classroom: Some narrative possibilities. Modern Language Journal, 94 (2), 332-336.
Kearney, E. (2009). Images as a Resource for Culture Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom. In M. Navarro Coy (Ed.), Practical approaches to foreign language teaching and learningg (pp. 33-66). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
Kearney, E. (2008). Culture Learning in a Changed World: Student Perspectives. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 4 (1), 62-82.
Kearney, E. (2004). Negotiating Identity as a Beginning Foreign Language Learner, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 20 (1), 47-69. https://www.gse.upenn.edu/wpel/sites/gse.upenn.edu.wpel/files/f2004_kear...
(2015) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Research Priorities Grant
(2013) American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Research Priorities Grant
(2010) University at Buffalo Civic Engagement Grant
Selected Conference Papers and Colloquia
World Language Teachers' Negotiation of their Roles as Intercultural Mediators. Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education. 14-16 May 2015. Minneapolis, MN. (with Christelle Palpacuer-Lee)
High-Leverage Practices in Culture Teaching. Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education. 14-16 May 2015.
Instructional Stances and Moves for Cultivating Deep Engagement with Language in Preschool Foreign Language Learners. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference. 22 March 2015. Toronto, Canada. (with Amanda Barbour)
Lenses and Methods for Understanding Refugees’ Experiences with American Educational Settings. 36th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. 28 February 2015. Philadelphia, PA. (panel organizer)
Stretching Options for Speakerhood in Foreign Language Classrooms. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Conference. 22 November 2014. San Antonio, TX. (with Amber Zepper)
What are Kids Learning in a Preschool Foreign Language Program about What Language Learning Is? American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference. 24 March 2014. Portland, OR.
Pre-school foreign language learning in the U.S.: A site for shifting language ideologies and promoting social justice. International Society for Language Studies Biennial Conference. June 14, 2013. San Juan, Puerto Rico. (with So-Yeon Ahn)
Disrupting dominant language ideologies through very early foreign language education in the U.S. American Educational Research Association. April 27, 2013. San Francisco, CA. (with So-Yeon Ahn)
Developing critical cultural awareness through very early foreign language learning. American Association of Applied Linguists. March 16, 2013. Dallas, TX. (with So-Yeon Ahn).
Constructing legitimacy and expertise: Foreign language teacher educators’ narrative accounts. American Association of Applied Linguists. March 19, 2013. Dallas, TX.
Cultivating language awareness among preschool foreign language learners. The 31st Annual Second Language Research Forum. October 19, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA. (with So-Yeon Ahn).
Providing and Advocating for Excellence in L2 Writing Support. 46th Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit, 30 March 2012, Philadelphia, PA. (with James Bridge, Kristina Lewis, Xiaolin Peng, Anne Pomerantz, and Rachel Welsh).
Storying the L2 Writing Experience: One Writer’s Tellings. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, 27 March 2012, Boston, Massachusetts. (With Anne Pomerantz)
Global simulation and engagement with cultural narratives: Possiblities for the language classroom. L2 Workshops at UB, 25 February 2012, Buffalo, New York. (keynote)
Immersion through Cultural Narratives in the Foreign Language Classroom. 3rd International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, 26-29 January 2012, Tucson, AZ.
Preparing Foreign Language Teachers in the State of New York for the Cultural Dimensions of their Practice. The 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA 2011), 25 August 2011, Beijing, China. (With So-Yeon Ahn)
Re-Examining the Foreign Language Methods Course: Interviews with Teacher Educators. Seventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 20 May 2011, Minneapolis, MN. (With So-Yeon Ahn)
Enhancing Study Abroad Design to Better Support Language Teachers’ Development. Seventh International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 21 May 2011, Minneapolis, MN. (With So-Yeon Ahn)
A Narrative Approach to Research on L2 Academic Writing: Making Sense of the Voices. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, 28 March 2011, Chicago, Illinois. (With Anne Pomerantz)
Contributions of a Narrative Perspective to the Instruction of Second Language Academic Writing. 32nd Annual Ethnography in Education Forum, 26 February 2011, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (With Anne Pomerantz)
Teacher Talk about Culture Pedagogy and How it Might Inform Teacher Education. 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Learning and Teaching, 16-17 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.
Narrative as a Vehicle for Culture Learning in a Foreign Language Class. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, 23 March 2009, Denver, Colorado.
Writing as Dialogue: Responding to Multiple Voices. 42nd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit, 3 April 2008, New York, NY. (With Anne Pomerantz).
Socializing Learners to Read Cultural Representations in the Foreign Language Classroom. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, 29 March 2008, Washington, DC. (Organizer for this colloquium entitled “New Directions for Culture Pedagogy in Foreign Language Education”. Other panel members include Celeste Kinginger, Karen Risager, Nelleke van Deusen-Scholl, and Sébastien Dubreil).
Opening Spaces for Culture Learning through Narrative Writing in a Foreign Language Classroom. Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, 15 March 2008, Washington, DC.
What Counts as Culture Learning in a Foreign Language Classroom: Student Perspectives. 29th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, 29 February 2008, Philadelphia, PA.
No Laughing Matter: Getting in on the Joke in a Foreign Language Classroom. 1st International Conference on Crosscultural Humour, 12 January 2008, Funchal-Madeira, Portugal.
Content-Based Instruction and Culture Learning in a Foreign Language Bridge Course. Modern Language Association 123rd Annual Convention, 28 December 2007, Chicago, IL.
Images as a Resource for Culture Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom. II International Conference on Resources in Foreign Language Learning, 13 July 2007, Murcia, Spain.
Teachers’ Beliefs about Culture Teaching and Learning. Fifth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 1 June 2007, Minneapolis, MN.
Second Language Socialization in a French-as-a-Foreign Language Classroom. American Association of Applied Linguists Annual Conference, 23 April 2007, Costa Mesa, CA.
Culture Learning in a Foreign Language Classroom: The “Simulation Globale”. 28th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, 23 February 2007, Philadelphia, PA.