Research

Although my training includes various aspects of linguistic theory and analysis, principles of second language acquisition, and implications for language teaching and teacher preparation, I focus primarily on social and cultural aspects of language learning, teaching, and use.  My dissertation research deals with the relationships between emergent bilingualism, biliteracy, and identity construction for early adolescents from various linguistic backgrounds studying Arabic.  My prior investigation involved digital literacy, analyzing intercultural communication in the context of computer-supported collaborative learning using grounded theory and corpus-based approaches.  I also hope to study the role of culture and intercultural competence in language teacher practices and preparation, particularly in regard to less-commonly taught languages (LCTLs), as well as cognitive aspects of literacy in multiple orthographies.