Learning and Instruction
- Cultural Dimensions of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
- Language Teacher Development and Education
- Language Play and Learner Identity
- Very Early Foreign Language Learning
- Culture and Language Education
- Approaches to the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Discourse Analysis
Ph.D., Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Post Doctoral Associate, Yale University, Center for Language Study, 2008-2009
(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.
(2010). Cultural immersion in the foreign language classroom: Some narrative possibilities. Modern Language Journal, 94 (2), 332-336.
(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 learning (pp. 33-66). New York: Peter Lang Publishing.
(2008). Culture Learning in a Changed World: Student Perspectives. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 4 (1), 62-82.
(2004). Negotiating Identity as a Beginning Foreign Language Learner, Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 20 (1), 47-69.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND COLLOQUIA
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)
Too advanced for young children?: Languages for learning. Early Learning Group Flash Presentation. 15 February 2012, Buffalo, NY. (with Emily Hayden and Maria Runfola)
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.
Is the Distinguished Level Possible for America’s Undergrads? Rethinking Models for Advanced Language Learning at the Postsecondary Level. Coalition for Distinguished Language Studies Annual Conference, 6 December 2008, Linthicum, Maryland. (With Nelleke van Deusen-Scholl).
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.