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Second Language Acquisition and Development

This area of research emphasis applies linguistic analysis to further our understanding of the many complex socio-cultural, psychosocial, educational and pedagogical issues that surround second (or multiple) language acquisition and development and is supported by a large and diverse group of faculty with research expertise in numerous facets of second language acquisition and by collaborative links with the UC Davis Second Language Acquisition Institute and the Designated Emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies.

People specializing in this area

Department Faculty

Robert Bayley

Language socialization, especially in bilingual and second language populations; standardized testing for English language learners and students with disabilities; language issues related to mathematics teaching and learning in elementary schools.

Julia Menard-Warwick

Cultural identities and language ideologies in English language teaching; second language study abroad narratives

Vaidehi Ramanathan

Sociopolitical aspects of English language learning and teaching; teacher education, pedagogies, and literacy practices

Graduate Group Faculty

Carlee Arnett

German L2 learning and teaching

Robert Bayley

Language socialization, especially in bilingual and second language populations; standardized testing for English language learners and students with disabilities; language issues related to mathematics teaching and learning in elementary schools.

Robert Blake

Spanish second language acquisition; technology and language learning; foreign language policy

Chengzhi Chu

Chinese as a second language (pedagogy and acquisition); application of computer technology in language instruction

M. Cecilia Colombi

Spanish language acquisition; second language writing development

Dana Ferris

Student writing and written corrective feedback in English second language writing

Julia Menard-Warwick

Cultural identities and language ideologies in English language teaching; second language study abroad narratives

Vaidehi Ramanathan

Sociopolitical aspects of English language learning and teaching; teacher education, pedagogies, and literacy practices

Yuuko Uchikoshi Tonkovich

Bilingual education; language development and socialization; literacy development

Karen Watson-Gegeo

Bilingual education; language development and socialization; literacy and language policy