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About Gale Stam, Ph.D.

Hello, my name is Gale Stam. I am Professor Emerita at National Louis University. I am also an alumna of the McNeill Lab - Center for Gesture and Speech Research at the University of Chicago and was an invited researcher at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL) in Aix-en-Provence, France (February - June 2010) and retain close ties to the lab. My research interests include language, culture, and cognition; gesture; and first language and second language acquisition.

I am particularly interested in thinking for speaking and gesture (the development of first language thinking for speaking and how thinking for speaking about motion changes both linguistically and gesturally with second language acquisition), speech and gesture interlanguage, the effect of gesture in oral proficiency interviews, the function of gesture in lexical retrieval, and language teachers’ gestures. My current research projects are a study of gestures in teacher talk with Marion Tellier, Aix-Marseille University and CNRS Laboratoire Parole et Langage; a longitudinal study of L1 thinking for speaking; a longitudinal study of changes in L2 thinking for speaking; a project on teaching thinking for speaking with Jim Lantolf, Penn State University, Kimberly Buescher, University of Massachusetts - Boston, and Tetyana Smotrova, National University of Singapore; a project on gesture and preposition learning with the late Kimi Nakatsukasa, Texas Tech University, and Benjamin White, St. Michael’s College; and a project on Understanding of Thinking for Speaking in Xhosa Language Speakers Learning English in South Africa with Heather Brookes, University of Cape Town.


Present Professor of Psychology, National Louis University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Research 2007, National Louis University
  • Excellence in Service 2013, National Louis University
  • Excellence in Service 2018, National Louis University

Contact Information

Gale Stam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
National Louis University
5202 Old Orchard Road, Rm. 326
Skokie, IL 60077-4409
Phone: 1-224-233-2231
Fax: 1-224-233-2231


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