Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
University of Arizona
Modern Languages 549
1423 East University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067
Volume 20, 2013
Senior Editor: Kristen Michelson
Junior Editor: José A. Álvarez Valencia
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Gramling
Analysis Editor: Zach Brooks
Pedagogy Editor: Migdalia Rodriguez
Processes Editor: Tami Boyens
Use Editor: Katie O'Donnell Christoffersen
Faculty Advisor's Note
I’m grateful to have been invited and able to serve as Faculty Advisor for The Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching over the past year. Working with this talented and rigorous team of editors, and with the authors whose works we’ve reviewed, has taught me a great deal about the “state of the discourses” in SLAT in 2013. What I have learned is that the pursuit of insight in the field of SLAT is expanding not contracting, as online technologies, new participatory frameworks, and new possibilities for transnational and transinstitutional collaborations arise. In 2013, SLAT is one of the few humanities and social science fields whose raison d’etre is not in crisis or question, even if some of the subfields that constitute it are experiencing severe budget cuts and predicaments of public accountability. Indeed, it seems that the 21st century is shaping up to be the SLAT century—one in which multilingual subjectivities, language mediation initiatives, concepts of multiple civic identity, and linguistic localization technologies touch the lives of rural and urban populaces alike. It is in this spirit of an expanding field of inquiry that the Arizona Working Papers’ editors decided this year to open the Journal to forms of research beyond the empirical models of social science research. While continuing to honor this vigorous tradition, our new call for contributions welcomes also critical and historical essays, pedagogical reflections, case studies in learning technologies, literary-cultural analyses, and “theoretical” pieces, however one might interpret that particular category. Through this expanding aperture—within and upon the kaleidoscopic domain of knowledge we share—The Arizona Working Papers will continue to provide a meeting place for emerging researchers in this still new century. On behalf of the SLAT faculty members of the University of Arizona, I would like to congratulate and heartily thank this issue’s contributors, and the graduate students who labored to bring their work to the page or screen before you.
Assistant Professor of German
and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
Department of German Studies
University of Arizona
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Rajiv Ranjan is a PhD student in SLA at The University of Iowa. His areas of interest cover generative and socio-cultural approaches to SLA. He is also interested in language pedagogy. He has done an M.A. and an M.Phil. in Linguistics. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year and has been teaching Hindi at University of Iowa since 2010.
Yaqiong Cui is a graduate student in the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University. Correspondence should be sent to Yaqiong Cui by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yue Shi (石玥) is originally from Beijing, China and has been studying and working in the United States for 5 years. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. She earned her M.A. from Michigan State University and has taught college-level Chinese language for a little over four years as well as two General Education courses - "Chinese Civilization" and "Languages and Cultures of East Asia". Her research interests primarily focus on acquisition of Chinese as a Second Language, Chinese Linguistics, and Language Pedagogy.
Janel Goodman Murakami is currently a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at UA. Her primary interest is the impact of social interaction on adult second language learning, with particular interest in more closely defining and developing methods of utilizing these processes for learners. Her second language is Japanese.
Elizabeth Hubbs received both her B.A. in Spanish and M.A. in TESL from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research interests include the analysis and sociocultural positions of English as a Foreign Language educational policies in East Asia and indigenous language policies in Taiwan, Brazil, and China.
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Hsin-I Chen, Senior Editor
Kristen Michelson, Junior Editor
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Gabriela Olivares, University of Northern Iowa
Silvia Perez-Cortes, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Anne Reynolds-Case, Louisiana Tech University
Yasumasa Shigenaga, University of Arizona
Elizabeth Enkin, University of Arizona
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Hsin-I Chen : Associate Edito
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Volume Editors: Lingxia Jin, Soomin Jwa
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