Research interests:
bilingualism, bilingual education, heritage language learning, identity, motivation

“New Speaker Blogging on Study Abroad”. Paper to be presented with Anja Dressler at the International Symposium on Bilingualism, Limerick, Ireland, June 2017.

Investigation of students’ receptivity and use of formative feedback in an online graduate research course”. Invited presentation with Man-Wai Chu, Katie Crossman and Brianna Hilman for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant Panel, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. April 2017.

“Project-based learning: We are all students”. Pecha Kucha presented with Bernadette Raedler, Anja Dressler, Kristina Baykusheva, & Garrett Krause at the Canadian Association for Second Language Teachers Conference, Edmonton, AB, April 2017.

“A rural education teacher preparation program: course design, student support and engagement”. Paper presented with Sarah Eaton, Dianne Gereluk and Sandra Becker at the American Educational Researchers Association conference, San Antonio, USA, April 2017.

“Professional practice with newcomers: Insights revealed through guided reflective writing”. Poster presented  with Colleen Kawalilak,, Nancy Arthur, & Sandra Becker at the UCalgary Newcomer Research Network Poster Fair, Calgary, AB, March 2017.

“The methodological challenges of using Facebook to research study abroad”. Paper presented with Anja Dressler at the CLIC Conference on Study Abroad, Houston, TX, February 2017.

“Classroom responses to cultural and linguistic diversity in Canada”. Featured speaker with David Scott and Colleen Kawalilak at the International Symposium Brazil-Canada: Examining Educational Responses to Diversity, Pontifical Catholic University – Goiás, Brazil, November 2016.

“Dialogue journals in short-term study abroad: A new take on the tried-and-true”. Paper presented with M.. Gregory Tweedie at the Second Language Research Forum, New York, NY, September 2016.

“Increasing equity and access for Alberta rural pre-service teachers”.  President’s Spotlight Session paper presented with Dianne Gereluk, Sarah Elaine Eaton, Sandra Becker at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Calgary, AB, May 2016.

“Language development and language awareness during study abroad: ‘so the German word for drums is really just ‘hit-thing.'” Paper  presented with Anja Dressler at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Calgary, AB, June 2016.

“Dialogue journals in short-term study abroad: ‘Today I wrote my mind’”. Paper  presented with Greg Tweedie at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Calgary, AB, June 2016.

“Project-based learning in the advanced German class: A case study”. Paper to be presented with Bernadette Raedler, Anja Dressler, Kristina Baykusheva, & Garrett Krause at the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German Conference, Calgary, AB, May, 2016.

“Teaching for the rural context: Developing rural pre-service teachers in Alberta”. Paper presented with Dianne Gereluk, Sarah Elaine Eaton, & Sandra Becker at the Alberta Rural Education Symposium: Growing Education in Alberta Communities, Banff, AB, March 2016.

“Reaching and recruiting rural pre-service teachers: Community-based education”. Paper presented with Dianne Gereluk, Sarah Elaine Eaton, & Sandra Becker at the 21st National Congress on Rural Education in Canada, Saskatoon, SK, March 2016..

“Conversations with. . . Roswita Dressler and Greg Tweedie”. Invited talk at the “Conversations with. . .” series, Werklund School of Education, Unversity of Calgary, October 2015.

“Writing tips: Literature review”. Invited talk to the China Scholarship Council visiting scholar program, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, September, 2015.

“Facebook posts while on study abroad: A case study of one teen’s sojourns” Paper presented in collaboration with Anja Dressler at the Culture of Study of Abroad for Second Languages conference, Halifax, NS, July 2015.

“Teaching action research.” Paper in collaboration with Barb Brown, Sarah Elaine Eaton, and Michele Jacobsen presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education conference, Ottawa, ON, June 2015.

“Fostering Bilingualism in Canadian Bilingual Programs: Language in Action” Poster presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, New Brunswick, USA, May 2015.

“Professional Collaboration as Responsive pedagogy.” Paper in collaboration with Barb Brown, Sarah Elaine Eaton, and Michele Jacobsen presented at the Ideas Conference 2015: Designing Responsive Pedagogy. Calgary, Alberta, April 2015.

“Reflections on Collaboration: Three Instructors of a Collaboratory of Practice Graduate Course” Paper presented in collaboration with Barb Brown, Sarah Elaine Eaton, and Michele Jacobsen at the American Educational Researchers Association conference, Chicago, USA, April 2015.

“Preservice Teacher Education for Rural and Remote Albertans” Paper presented in collaboration with Dianne Gereluk and Sarah Elaine Eaton at the Alberta Rural Education Symposium, Canmore, Alberta, March 2015.

“Facilitating Intercultural Communication: Coordinating the Teaching Across Borders Program”. Invited Talk at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, February, 2015.

“Discourses in Place as a Means for Understanding Tensions within a German Bilingual Program in Canada”. Paper presented at Sociolinguistics Symposium 20, Jyvaskyla, Finland, June 2014.

“Growing Up as a German-English Bilingual: Effects of Increasing Input in the Weaker Language upon Bilingual Language Development”. Paper presented in collaboration with Tanja Kupisch and Mary Grantham O’Brien at the Second Annual Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, Los Angeles, USA, March 2014.

“I’d like to know more about. . . Linguistic Landscape Analysis”. Workshop presented at the “’I’d Like to Know More About’ Day” at the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary, November 2013.

“Exploring Linguistic Identity in Dual Language Learners” Paper presented at the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language Conference, Calgary, Alberta, November, 2013.

“’Honestly, it has to be 50%. Exactly how you measure that I’m not quite sure: The Interpretation of Language of Instruction Policy in Bilingual Schools” Paper presented at the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Language Policy and Planning Conference, Calgary, Alberta, September,2013.

“Pädagogik und Praxis in einem deutschen bilingualen Program“ Paper presented at the Internationale Deutschlehrertagung [International German Teacher Conference] Bolzano, Italy, August 2013.

“Linguistic Diversity in a German Bilingual Program in Western Canada”. Paper presented at the University of Hamburg, July 2013.

“Reflections and Connections: ESL Teaching in BC and Alberta”. Invited Talk at the Language and Literacy Education Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, July, 2013.

“Moving Toward Bilingual Pedagogy and Practice in a German Bilingual Program”. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education conference, Victoria, BC, June 2013.

“German Language Education in Alberta”. Invited talk at the Language Diversity and Educational Options in Alberta conference, Calgary, Alberta, April, 2013.

“Discourses Affecting Heritage Language Learners in a German Bilingual Program” Poster presented at the Road Less Traveled conference, Victoria University, Toronto, Ontario, October 2012.

“Exploring Identity in Emerging Bilinguals” Paper presented at the Teaching English as a Second Language conference, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, October 2012.

“A Nexus Analysis of One German Bilingual Program in Alberta” Paper presented at the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Language Policy and Planning conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, September 2012.

“Teaching to the Language of the Test: Mathematics Instruction in Bilingual Programs in Alberta” Paper presented in collaboration with Yan Zhang at the Multidisciplinary Approaches to Language Policy and Planning conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, September 2012.

“Discourses in a Bilingual School Program” Paper presented at the Faculty Research Conference, University of Calgary, May 2012.

“Bilingualism in a Bilingual Program: A Nexus Analysis” Poster presented at the Language Research Center Poster Symposium, Calgary, Alberta, May 2012.

“Who are the Bilinguals? Profiles of Simultaneous and Sequential Bilinguals in a Bilingual School Program” Paper presented at the Student Colloquium, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, March 2012.

“German Bilingual Programs in Canada: Insights from Practicing Teachers”  Electronic poster presented at the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages annual conference, Denver, Colorado, 2011.

“The acquisition of German and English as weaker languages:Incomplete or complete acquisition?” Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Fredericton, 2011.

“A Linguistic Landscape Analysis of a Bilingual School Program”. Poster presentation at the Language Research Centre Graduate Poster Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 2011.

“German Bilingual Programs in Canada: Traditions and Transitions”. Poster presentation at the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Research Poster Conference, Calgary, Alberta, 2010.

“Challenging the Tradition of German Bilingual Programs in Canada: Transitioning to a Dual Immersion Model?” Paper presented at the Traditions and Transitions: German Curricula conference, Waterloo, Ontario, 2010.

“The Importance of Affiliation to Self-identification in Motivation Research of Heritage Language Learners”. Paper presented at the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Montreal, Quebec, 2010.

“Why 2L1 May Sometimes Look Like Child L2: Effects of Input Quantity” Paper presented in collaboration with Dr. Tanja Kupisch at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft Conference, Berlin, Germany 2010

“Introducing the Journal Article: ‘There’s No Space for Being German’”, Invited panel presentation at the First International Heritage Languages Conference, LA, USA 2010

“Increasing the Effectiveness of Website Promotion for Heritage Language Bilingual School Programs” Paper presented at the First International Heritage Languages Conference, LA, USA 2010

iCCAN presentation to the Faculty of Education, collaborative presentation, Calgary, AB 2010

“Strategies for Teaching Gender to Students of German as a Second Language” Paper presented at the Second Languages and Intercultural Conference, Calgary, AB 2009

“’What makes you feel like quitting?’: Demotivation in undergraduate German classes” Poster presentation at the Graduate Division for Educational Research Graduate Student Poster Conference, University of Calgary, AB 2009

“Motivation and Demotivation in Heritage Language Learners of German” Poster Presentation at the Language Research Centre, University of Calgary, AB 2009

“English Borrowings in the German Language Classroom” Paper presented at AATG Panel The Global Spread of English: Ramifications for the German Classroom. American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, Orlando, FL 2008

“Motivation and Demotivation in Heritage Language Learners of German” Poster Presentation at the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference, Orlando, FL 2008

“Exploring Motivation in Heritage Language Learners of German” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Vancouver, BC 2008

“New Insights into Heritage Language Learners of German” Paper presented at the Canadian Association for University Teachers of German Conference, Vancouver, BC 2008

“English Borrowings” Paper presented at the L2 Conference, Edmonton, AB 2008

“Heritage Language Learners in the Second Language Classroom” Paper presented at the Intercultural and Second Languages Conference, Calgary, AB 2007

“Motivation and Demotivation in Heritage Language Learners of German” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Calgary, AB 2007

“Motivation in Second Language Learning” Paper presented at the Graduate Division of Educational Research Summer Institute, Calgary, AB 2007

“Teaching Culture through Technology: a Look at the Website Die behinderten Opfer der Nazis” Paper presented at the Highway 2 Conference, Calgary, AB 2007