How can language educators help beginning students read texts that they would find in the real world?

How are texts used in language learning and teaching (especially in textbooks), and to what end? How can we use texts for more than just training students to comprehend written language?

What does it mean to read in a foreign language?

These questions motivate my classroom-based research. To answer them, I design empirical studies and use mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) to find out. I also read widely in the fields of TESOL, second language acquisition, and foreign language pedagogy, as well as sociolinguistics, psychology, cognitive science, language ideologies, linguistic anthropology, and conversational analysis. I am also interested in broader questions relating to teaching and learning across disciplines in higher education, and keep up with SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) research as well.

Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding publications coming from my dissertation research and from newer projects.