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About Joshua J. Thoms

Greetings from Utah. The overarching question that I pursue in my research is the following: How do social interactions between teachers and students, when mediated by instructional 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) work that broadly considers how technology affects L2 learning and teaching processes; (2) issues related to the creation and use of L2 teaching materials, with a particular emphasis on open educational resources and practices; and (3) how social, contextual, and perceptual dynamics in undergraduate L2 literature classrooms collectively shape the discourse that evolves between instructors and students and how that affects L2 learning. 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). Outside of my professional commitments, I enjoy traveling, craft beer, and seeing live music whenever and wherever possible.


2018 - Present Co-Director, Utah State University Master of Second Language Teaching
2017 - Present Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Spanish, Utah State University Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies

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Edited Book (2)

Articles (11)

Book Chapters (7)

Proceedings (1)

Book Reviews (3)

Presentations (48)