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About Heather Willis Allen

Welcome to my website. In addition to teaching French and SLA courses and supervising Teaching Assistants of 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;
• How FOREIGN LANGUAGE GRADUATE STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT influences cognition, sense making about teaching and instructional practices;
• the MOTIVATIONAL TRAJECTORIES of COLLEGIATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNERS, particularly in relation to study abroad, including questions of motivational scaffolding and how instructional activities can support goal-setting, reflection, and motivation maintenance based on an activity theory.


Present Associate Professor of French, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curriculum Vitae


Multiliteracies and collegiate foreign language learning (21)

Language teacher cognition and professional development (23)