Second Language Education

The Second Language Education Emphasis is concerned with issues of theory and practice in the teaching and learning of languages beyond the first or native language. Faculty and graduate students have interests in both widely taught languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and German, as well as in those that are less commonly taught. An area of particular engagement involves the education of English-as-an-additional language students in the U.S. and abroad. Second Language Education faculty also engage in close collaboration with the Department of Applied Linguistics, with students in both programs benefiting from the collective theoretical and research expertise of scholars from both departments. Faculty and students approach second language education through sociocultural and critical theoretical frameworks and employ qualitative and discourse analytic approaches in their work. Specific lines of research include analysis of classroom interaction, technology-supported second language learning, classroom-based second language assessment, dialogic learning and teaching, language and identity, teacher preparation for the instruction of emergent bilingual learners, and the development of teacher interculturality and global competence.

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