Ling 640, Language Acquisition; Ling 660, Language Testing; SLaT 602, Linguistics for Language Teachers; SLaT 603, Conducting Research in Second Language Teaching; Elang 223, Introduction to the English Language; Ling 335, Pragmatics; Ling 441, Language Acquisition in TESOL; Ling 461, Language Testing in TESOL; Ling 495, Senior Capstone in Linguistics; Japanese 326, Contrastive Analysis (Japanese and English)
I am primarily interested in language learning that takes place outside of the classroom (i.e., informal learning). My research has focused on untutored learning by university students living and studying abroad, international interns, missionaries, and families relocated abroad for work and other purposes. I try to determine factors that contribute to informal language use and acquisition with the goals of providing guidance for students and language programs and of supporting sound policy planning. I am also interested in motivation, emotion, and affect and second language acquisition and in physiological and psychological responses to being immersed in a second language abroad. Finally, I am interested in the role of social networking and social support in the transition abroad and in second language acquisition.
PhD, Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A., Language Acquisition (Japanese), Brigham Young University
B.A., Japanese, Brigham Young University