Current and Recent Projects


  • I recently published an article "Designing Talk in Social Networks: What Facebook Teaches about Conversation" with my colleague Hsin-I Chen in the journal Language Learning and Technology. The article looks at multilingual users of Facebook and considers how online interactions can be used to help learners reflect on the complexity of every day talk. Everyday talk is complex in ways in which we take for granted in our native or most proficient languages. The article argues that communication in social-network sites can help language learners to explore "the complexities of speech communities and speech itself."

  • 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.