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About Kate Paesani

My current research interests include literacy-based foreign language curriculum and instruction, literature across the curriculum, and foreign language teacher development. This work has focused on questions such as: How can foreign language programs contribute to development of students' academic literacy across a four-year curriculum? What is the role of literary texts in the simultaneous development of students' language competencies and academic literacy skills? What are viable frameworks and methods for implementing long-term and coherent professional development opportunities for foreign language instructors? Answers to these questions are explored within the theoretical frameworks of a pedagogy of multiliteracies (Cope & Kalantzis, 2009; New London Group, 1996) and Vygotskian sociocultural theory (Lantolf, 2000; Vygotsky, 1978, 1986). Taken together, this work contributes to ongoing discussions in applied linguistics research regarding the development of effective curricula and instructional practices in foreign language programs.

Positions

August 2016 Present Director & Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
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May 2007May 2016 Associate Professor, Wayne State University
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August 2000May 2016 Director of Basic French Courses, Wayne State University
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Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

foreign language literacy development, multiliteracies framework, literacy-based curriculum and instruction, sociocultural theory, and foreign language teacher development

Courses

  • Advanced French Grammar and Stylistics
  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Foreign Languages: Receptive Skills (Literacy)
  • French Phonetics & Pronunciation
  • Introduction to French Linguistics
  • Foreign Language Instruction

Education

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19932001 PhD, Indiana University ‐ French Linguistics
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19901992 MA, Indiana University ‐ French Linguistics
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19861990 BA in French, University of Connecticut ‐ French
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Books (3)

Articles (12)

Book Chapters (7)

Presentations (23)