Applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, German-Jewish literature, Yiddish language and literature
The overarching goal of my scholarly work is to explore and understand linguistic knowledge and development, and in particular, the nature and process of acculturation and socialization as part of second-language learning. I was trained in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, general Germanic linguistics, and German Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and earned the Ph.D. in 1997. My graduate research and first book dealt with language attrition and incomplete first-language acquisition of Yiddish in the U.S. immigrant situation. Since coming to the University of California, Irvine in 1999, my research and publications have focused primarily on issues of adult second-language learning and teaching. In particular, I have sought to develop a nuanced model of second-language socialization that is theoretically sound, empirically robust, and pedagogically viable. I have also explored language learners' language use and experiences while studying and living abroad. And most recently, I have conducted qualitative field work in Germany, studying language teaching and learning for migrants, particularly refugees, at the secondary and adult education levels.
BOOKSA Human Ecological Language Pedagogy. The Modern Language Journal
, Supplemental Monograph Issue, 104(S1). Online publication pageCode Choice in the Language Classroom.
Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2011. Publisher's info page
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Ed., with A. Phipps. Critical and Intercultural Theory and Language Pedagogy.
Boston: Cengage Heinle, 2012 (appeared fall 2010). AAUSC info page
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.Incomplete First-Language Acquisition in the Immigrant Situation: Yiddish in the United States.
Linguistische Arbeiten 426, Max Niemeyer Verlag, 2000 (Digital reprint 2015 De Gruyter). Publisher's info page
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. ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
With B. Swanson. "Fostering Compassion through Translanguaging Pedagogy in the German Willkommensklasse." Language Education and Multilingualism: The Langscape Journal, 2, 167-179. Link: Journal website.
With J. H. Lee. “The effects of instructor language choice on second language vocabulary learning and listening comprehension.” Language Teaching Research, first view, 2018. Journal website.
“Das komplexe System des Fremdsprachenunterrichts: Ein ökologischer Ansatz zur Fremdsprachendidaktik.” In: J. Appel (Ed.), Sprachen Lehren: 26. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Fremdsprachenforschung in Ludwigsburg. 30. September 2015 - 3. Oktober 2015. Kongressband (Beiträge zur Fremdsprachenforschung) (pp. 17-34). Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2017.
“A View to Other Side of the University: Engineering Pedagogy and Its Implications for Teaching German for Science and Technology.” In: E. Tschirner, K. Cothrun, & J. Möhring (Eds.), Deutsch als Fremdsprache in MINT-Fächern (pp. 121-140). Tübingen: Stauffenberg, 2017.
with C. Frei, H. W. Allen, & B. Swanson. “Implications of the Advanced Placement World Languages Tenets for University Foreign Language Programs.” In: J. Watzinger-Tharp & P. Urlaub (Eds.), The Interconnected Language Curriculum: Critical Transitions and Interfaces in Articulated K-16 Contexts (pp. 99-117). Boston: Cengage, 2016.
with J. Roots. "Performing Poetry in the Foreign Language Classroom: Pedagogical and Language Program Issues." In L. Parkes & C. Ryan (Eds.), Creative Thinking: Integrating the Arts in Foreign Language Teaching (pp. 151-169). Boston: Cengage, 2016.
“The Discourse of Foreignness in U.S. Language Education.” In J. Swaffar & P. Urlaub (Eds.). Transforming the Foreign Language Curriculum in Higher Education (pp. 55-76). Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2015.
with K. Buhanan. "Woher und wohin? Twenty-Six Years of Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German." In C. A. Constabile-Heming & R. J. Halverson (Eds.), Taking Stock of German Studies in the United States: The New Millenium (155-199). Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015.
“A Nexus Analysis of Code Choice during Study Abroad, and Implications for Language Pedagogy.” In J. Cenoz & D. Gorter (Eds.). Multilingual Education: Navigating between Language Learning and Translanguaging (pp. 84-113). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
“From Performance to Multilingual Being in Foreign Language Pedagogy: Lessons from L2 Students Abroad.” Critical Multilingual Studies, 2.1, 74-105, 2014. http://cms.arizona.edu/index.php/multilingual/article/view/34/81
“Principles for Code Choice in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Focus on Grammaring.” Language Teaching, 47.3, 269–302, 2014. doi:10.1017/S0261444814000056. Published as well on Language Teaching First View articles online January 12, 2012. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0261444811000498
“The Case For a Multilingual Approach to Language Classroom Communication.” Language and Linguistics Compass, 7.8, 423-436, 2013. Abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lnc3.12036/abstract
“Digital Participatory Culture and German Language Pedagogy.” In J. L. Plews and B. Schmenk (Eds.), Traditions and Transitions: Curricula for German Studies (pp. 295-314). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.
“The Study of Literary Texts at the Nexus of Multiple Histories in the Intermediate College-Level German Classroom.” L2 Journal (special issue on History and Memory in Foreign Language Study), 4.1, 171-188, 2012. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/8kc726zc
“Stability, Crisis, and Other Reasons for Optimism: University Foreign Language Education in the United States.” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 10.2, 131-140, 2011. Abstract
“Building Meaning through Code Choice in L2 Learner Interaction: A D/discourse Analysis and Proposals for Curriculum Design and Teaching.” In M. Turnbull and J. Dailey-O’Cain (Eds.), First Language Use in Second-Language Learning and Teaching (pp. 145-162). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters, 2009.
"L2 Learner Talk-about-Language as Social Discursive Practice," L2 Journal 1.1, 19-41, 2009.
“Exploring Intercultural Communicative Competence through L2 Learners’ Intercultural Moments.” In R. Schulz & E. Tschirner (Eds.), Communicating across Borders: Developing Intercultural Competence in German as a Foreign Language (pp. 191-216). Munich: Iudicium, 2008.
With M. Chavez, C. Crane, C. Melin, and T. Lovik. “The Language Program Director in Curricular and Departmental Reform: A Response to the MLA Ad Hoc Report” . Profession 2008, 240–254, 2008.
"Problematizing the Teaching and Learning of Grammar in the Intermediate German Classroom: A Sociocultural Approach." Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching of German, 39.1-2, 1-13, 2006.
"Co-Construction and Articulation of Code-Choice Practices in Foreign Language Classrooms." In C. Barrette and K. Paesani (Eds.), Language Program Articulation: Developing a Theoretical Foundation (pp. 110-130). Boston: Heinle, 2005.
"Global Simulation: A Student-Centered, Task-Based Format for Intermediate Foreign Language Courses." Foreign Language Annals, 37.1, 26-36, 2004
With N. Eppelsheimer, F. Kuzay, S. Moti, & J. Wilby. "Global Simulation at the Intersection of Theory and Practice in the Intermediate-Level German Classroom." Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching of German, 37.2, 99-116, 2004.
With S. Morse. "Integrating Diverse Digital Media in a Global Simulation German Course." In L. Lomicka & J. Cooke-Plagwitz (Eds.), Best Practices in the Use of Digital Media for Language Teaching and Learning, (pp. 44-51). Boston: Heinle, 2004.
"Student and Instructor Beliefs and Attitudes about Target Language Use, First Language Use, and Anxiety: Report of a Questionnaire Study." The Modern Language Journal, 87.3, 343-364, 2003.
"Gender Assignment to German Nonsense Nouns: What Does the Native Speaker Know that the Non-Native Speaker Doesn't?" Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, vol. 2, 397-406, 1999.
"Yiddish Publishing Activities in Berlin and the Crisis in Eastern European Jewish Culture." Leo Baeck Institute Year Book, 42, 85-108, 1997.
"Elderly Second-Generation Speakers of Yiddish: Toward a Model of L1 Loss, Incomplete L1 Acquisition, Competence and Control." Southwest Journal of Linguistics,15, 109-120, 1996.