Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA

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Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA

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Gale Stam, National Louis University


Gesture and multimodality play an integral role in second language acquisition. Yet, because gesture and multimodality tend to be studied interdisciplinary such as in education, psychology, linguistics, to name a few, there is no specific venue for applied linguists to collaborate on how gestures and multimodality function in SLA and discuss their most recent studies. The purpose of this ReN is to create a venue for applied linguists to discuss their work at regular intervals to move this area of research forward. The goals of AILA ReN Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA is to create a place where applied linguists of different backgrounds can share their ongoing studies, get feedback, continue developing their projects, and collaborate on new projects beyond their institutions in order to contribute to the field of SLA. We plan on organizing two colloquiums at AILA 2020 and publishing an edited book via AILA Applied Linguistics Series from John Benjamins. Please contact the convener about our ReN.


Agenda for 2018-2020

Several plans are underway for 2018. Our first meeting will take place at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference in Chicago in March to informally share the ongoing projects in order to understand the topics the participants have been working on and to identify possible presenters for AILA 2020. This meeting will be followed up by another meeting at the 8th Conference of the International Society of Gestural Studies in Cape Town, South Africa in July to verify the progress in participants’ research projects and to serve as a venue for the out-of-the U.S. participants who were unable to attend the meeting at AAAL to share their research. An online meeting will be arranged for those who are unable to attend either meeting in early September.


Current members

Our current members include junior and experienced researchers from institutions located in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.

  • Francisca Aguilo-Mora, PhD, Lecturer in Spanish, Columbia University
  • Brahim Azaoui, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Montpellier, LIRDEF EA3749
  • Heather Brookes, PhD, Associate Professor/Chief Research Officer, SARChI (South African Research Chair), Linguistics section – School of African studies, Gender studies, Anthropology & Linguistics (AXL),  University of Cape Town
  • Amanda Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Advisor, M.A. Linguistic Studies, Coordinator, CAS Language Teaching: TESOL/TLOTE, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University
  • Kimberly Buescher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Tommy Dang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University
  • Søren Wind Eskildsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
  • Marianne Gullberg, PhD, Professor of Psycholinguistics & Director of LU Humanities Lab, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University
  • Solène Inceoglu, PhD, Lecturer of French, HDR Convenor for Languages and Linguistics, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, The Australian National University
  • Tasha N. Lewis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Loyola University Maryland
  • Renia Lopez, PhD, Assistant professor, Programme Leader Minor European Studies, English Department, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Paula Marentette, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta–Augustana Campus
  • Steven McCafferty, PhD, Professor, Applied Linguistics Graduate Coordinator, Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Francisco Meizoso, PhD, Lecturer in Spanish, Columbia University
  • Laura Morett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director, Neuroscience of Education Research on Development (NERD) Lab, The University of Alabama
  • Eduardo Negueruela-Azarola, PhD, ILCE Research and Academic Director, Universidad de Navarra
  • Elena Nicolaidis, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta
  • Alessandro Rosborough, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Brigham Young University
  • Miranda Scloari, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • Tetyana (Tania) Smotrova, PhD, Lecturer, Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore
  • Gale Stam, PhD, Professor of Psychology, National Louis University
  • Marion Tellier, PhD, Director of Department of FLE, Coordinator of M1 speciality in French as a foreign language, LPL- UMR 7309 (CNRS), Aix-Marseille Université
  • Johannes Wagner, PhD, Professor, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
  • Benjamin White, PhD, Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics, Saint Michael’s College
  • Keli Yerian, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Language Teaching Studies MA Program, University of Oregon

ReN Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA: February 2020 News

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