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About Joshua J. Thoms

Thank you for visiting my site. The overarching question that I pursue in my research is the following: How do social interactions between teachers and students, when mediated by materials and/or technological tools, affect second language (L2) learning and teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and digital open learning environments? I investigate aspects of this question via three related scholarship areas: (1) research that focuses on the oral discourse that evolves out of whole-class discussions between instructors and students in undergraduate L2 Spanish literature classrooms; (2) work that broadly considers how technology affects L2 learning and teaching processes; and (3) research that looks at issues related to the creation and use of foreign language teaching materials, with a particular emphasis on open educational resources and open educational practices. Much of my work is framed within sociocultural and ecological theoretical views of language learning (Lantolf & Thorne, 2006; Swain & Lapkin, 2002; van Lier, 2000, 2004; Vygotsky, 1978, 1987; among others). As such, my research is predicated on the notion that the nature of language is fundamentally social and has its genesis in the interaction(s) between people. When not engaged in research and teaching, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and seeing live music whenever and wherever possible.


Present Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Spanish, Utah State University Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

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