Sociocultural Linguist


Department of Second Language Studies (SLS) University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Courses Taught and Course Descriptions

SLS 408 Multilingual Education, Spring 2019

This course provides an overview of theories, policies and pedagogical practices of bilingual/multilingual education. We will examine bilingual/multilingual education from historical, political, psycholinguistic, cognitive, social, and cultural perspectives. While much of our discussion will concern bilingual/multilingual education in the United States, we will also discuss recent bilingual/multilingual education approaches from other countries. We will also examine language and education issues in Hawai’i and other Native American contexts.

SLS 480A Sociocultural approaches to second language education, Spring 2018

Sociocultural linguistics is an interdisciplinary approach to the role of language in social life drawing on perspectives from sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology and related fields that sets out to explore this central question: How does the empirical study of language use illuminate social and cultural processes? We will explore this guiding question in increasing depth over the semester through our readings and discussions of key concepts and topics at the intersection of multilingualism, culture, identity, and society.  We will also critically examine the relevance of this approach for our understanding of multilingualism as it relates to issues of language use, language learning and linguistic justice in a wide range of contexts around the world. 

SLS 660 Sociolinguistics and Second Language Studies, Fall 2016

This course introduces foundational concepts, findings, and research methods in sociolinguistics as they relate to second and foreign language issues. Two questions we will revisit throughout the course are, 1) What is the role of regional and social variation in the teaching, learning, and use of second and foreign languages? and 2) How does our understanding of the social meanings produced in language inform language teaching, learning, and use? Course readings and lectures will examine sociolinguistics topics such as the nature of linguistic variation in first/second language varieties, language policy and language ideology, social identities (and constructions of gender, ethnicity, linguistic ability, and social class), the process of language socialization, power and privilege, and cross-cultural communication. You will also learn about some key methods in sociolinguistics, including ethnography, interactional sociolinguistics, and narrative analysis.

SLS 280 Bilingualism: Culture and Cognition, Spring 2016

In the U.S., knowing and speaking only one language is often considered the norm, while people and societies who regularly use two or more languages are seen as special or exotic. Yet if we look at how language is used worldwide ,including herein Hawai‘i, bi- and multilingualism are just as common as monolingualism. This course will introduce you to bi-/multilingualism both as a phenomenon at the level of society and as a characteristic of individual speakers. We will look at popular beliefs and recent media reports about bilingualism, and use these as stepping stones for a closer examination of the research (and sometimes the absence thereof) that underlies them.

English Language Institute (ELI) | University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai‘i

ELI 83 Academic Writing for Graduate Students with English as an additional language Fall 2014

ELI 100 Expository writing: a guided approach for speakers of English as an additional language, Spring 2014

ELI 73/83 ELI 73/83 through the Territorial Teacher Training Assistance Program (TTTAP) Spring 2014 in affiliation with the English Language Institute (ELI): ELI 73/83, hybrid face-to-face in American Samoa and online

ELI 73 Intermediate academic writing in English as an additional language: Spring 2012 (split undergraduate and graduate academic writing course)