My research focuses on: 

I. FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER DEVELOPMENT 

What should the content of graduate student professional development in U.S. collegiate
language departments include? How do foreign language teachers develop conceptual
knowledge related to teaching language, literature, and culture? My work, grounded in a
sociocultural theory perspective, examines the developmental experiences of graduate
student instructors and the use of the overarching concept of literacy in structuring
professional development. I am collaborating on a related project called PERCOLATE with
Beatrice Dupuy of the University of Arizona's Center for Educational Resources in
Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Title VI Language Resource Center (see link to
project site on right). 

II. LITERACY-BASED LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION 

How do we answer calls for change such as the 2007 MLA Report and merge language and
content in the undergraduate foreign language curriculum? My work explores the use of a
literacy-based framework (Kern, 2000; New London Group, 1996) in designing courses and
curricula. 

III. LANGUAGE-LEARNING MOTIVATION 

Why do some learners go from the language classroom to study abroad and thrive in target
language communities overseas whereas others fail to take advantage of opportunities for
meaningful language use abroad? My work examines the motives and goals of language
learners and the evolution of motivation during and after study abroad. I am also
interested in how the undergraduate foreign language curriculum and the types of
language-learning activities included in it shape learner agency. 

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Books

Articles

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Study Abroad, Foreign Language Use, and the Communities Standard (with Beatrice Dupuy), Foreign Language Annals (2013)
 

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Interactive contact as linguistic affordance during short-term study abroad: Myth or reality?, Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad (2010)
 

Book Chapters

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Evolving notions of literacy-based teaching: A case study of graduate student instructors (with Beatrice Dupuy), Educating the Future Foreign Language Professoriate for the 21st Century (2013)
 

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Self-regulatory strategies of foreign language learners: From the classroom to study abroad and beyond, Social and cultural aspects of cross-border language learning (2013)
 

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Appropriating conceptual and pedagogical tools of literacy: A qualitative study of two novice foreign language teaching assistants (with Beatrice Dupuy), Working theories for teaching assistant and international teaching assistant development (2012)
 

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Embracing literacy-based teaching: A longitudinal study of the conceptual development of novice foreign language teachers, Sociocultural Research on Second Language Teacher Education: Exploring the Complexities of Professional Development (2011)
 

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In search of relevance: The role of the Standards in the undergraduate foreign language curriculum, Principles and Practices of the Standards in College Foreign Language Education (2009)
 

Presentations

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Assessment practices in the post-communicative era: A multiliteracies perspective (with Kate Paesani and Beatrice Dupuy), Modern Language Association (2013)
 

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Implementing literacy-based instruction in collegiate FL programs (with Beatrice Dupuy, Kate Paesani, and Karen Johnson), University of Arizona (2012)
 

Dissertation