Current and Recent Projects

  • Together with fellow-project directors Joanna Luks and Carl Blyth, I am working to develop materials for the classroom and for professional development as part of the project Foreign Languages and the Literary in the Everyday (FLLITE). This project is sponsored by CERCLL (the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy) at the University of Arizona and COERLL (the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning) at the University of Texas, Austin. To learn more about the project, visit the web site here: FLLITE.

  • Related to the FLLITE project, I am piloting a curriculum development project for intermediate German learners around "Digital Communities." The project aims to integrate active participation in online communities and digital vernacular practices into a multiliteracies curriculum, in order to raise learners' awareness of and familiarity with the ways in which particular stylistic features traffic across genres.

  • I am also a co-investigator on the large grant project on Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law, the State, which is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK and led by Alison Phipps (University of Glasgow). The Tucson case study conceptualizes Southern Arizona as a complex multilingual ecology beyond what the dominant discourses of bilingualism and biculturality often implies and examines what implications these frameworks have for the subjectivities of language learners, whose experiences are peripheral to these discourses.