Welcome to my website. In addition to teaching undergraduate French and graduate SLA
courses and participating in course direction of Elementary French at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, I am a researcher with three primary interests:
• The MULTILITERACIES FRAMEWORK, and its application in collegiate foreign language
instruction and assessment to counter the longstanding divide that typically separates
lower-level language courses from advanced courses on literature and culture. My recent
co-authored textbook (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2016) presents a comprehensive treatment of
how this pedagogy can be applied to teach various linguistic modalities and provides
concrete models to anchor instruction and assessment. Along with K. Paesani and B. Dupuy,
we are now completing a webinar series on the fundamentals of multiliteracies pedagogy as
part of ACTFL’s new Languages and Literacies project (see link on right).
• How FOREIGN LANGUAGE GRADUATE STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT influences cognition,
sense making about teaching and instructional practices. My latest project (with K.
Paesani) explores the application of the notion of High-Leverage Teaching Practices to
collegiate foreign language teaching by experienced Teaching Assistants of French using a
qualitative research design.
• Finally, beginning with my dissertation study (2002), a third strand of my research has
explored the MOTIVATIONAL TRAJECTORIES of COLLEGIATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNERS,
particularly in relation to study abroad. I remain interested in questions of
motivational scaffolding and how instructional activities can support goal-setting,
reflection, and motivation maintenance based on an activity theory perspective.
Links below take you to research publications and presentations related to each of these
Multiliteracies and collegiate foreign language learning
Language teacher cognition and professional development