English Language Specialist by the Department of State

I was recently selected by The Department of State’s English Language Specialist Program – See more at: http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/english-language-specialist-program#sthash.OUigPILo.dpuf – as an English Language Specialist.
This means I can give workshops and lectures by either traveling to the institutions or conducting video conferences and webinars for those who requested my areas of specialization. Requests can be made to U.S. embassies and Regional English Language Officers (RELO). I am excited about this unique way of serving my expertise to the world.

In order to better communicate with different disciplinary traditions and help English language learners benefit from my trans-disciplinary research agenda, I have specified my areas of specialization in the following 5 categories, ranging from practice-based to research-based topics. Since I have taught and conducted research in both young learners in K-12 settings and tertiary level, the following topics can be tailored to all levels in K-16 education.

I. Classical topics on Teaching English as Foreign/Second Language

  • Computer assisted language learning
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integration to language curriculum
  • Materials development with technology infusion
  • Language use and Computer-mediated communication
  • Distance learning and blended learning

II. New Tools for Teacher Professional Development

  • Action research assisted by easily adopted technological tools
  • Design-based research method for language educators
  • Multimodality in instructional design
  • Design distance learning and blended learning courses
  • Action-based, task-base, project-based and value-based learning

III. New (Media) Literacies and multiliteracies for Language Learning in and out of school contexts

  • Social media for language learning, translanguaging (code-switching) and identity development
  • Virtual worlds and video games for culture and language immersion, intercultural and communicative competence
  • Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) for writing and integrated linguistic skills

IV. Interdisciplinary Research Methods

  • Qualitative research tools: Transana, ELAN, Discursis
  • Multimodal discourse analysis
  • Multimodal transcription and text analysis
  • Video-based research

V. New (Third-wave) cognitive sciences for Second Language Development

  • Sociocultural theory and semiotics
  • Distributed cognition and language
  • Ecological psychology and ecolinguistics
  • Dialogical perspectives on second language development

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