ACTFL Awards Grants for 2020 Research Priorities

CONTACT: Margaret Malone
703.894.2900 ext. 123

ACTFL is pleased to announce the 2020 awardees of the ACTFL Research Priorities grants. Each project either initiates a new research study, supports or expands a study underway, or explores an emerging research area that is connected to one or more Research Priority areas. The studies were selected from over 40 submissions after a thorough review by the Research and Assessment Committee. The selected studies will each receive a grant of $2000.

The purpose of the ACTFL Research Priorities Project is to support empirical research on five priority areas that are currently critical to improving World Language education. Priority areas include Assessing Learning Outcomes in K-16 Settings, Equity and Access in Language Teaching, Equity and Access in Language Learning, Immersion/Dual Language Programs, Intercultural Teaching and Learning, and K-16 Language Teacher Development. The recipients, their institutions and project titles follow. ACTFL looks forward to sharing the results of the research with our membership.

Mingzhu Deng and Sandro Barros, Michigan State University: Language and Bodies in Virtual World Language Classrooms: A Case Study of How a Cohort of Preservice Teachers Conceptualize Online

Peter Ecke, University of Arizona and Erwin Tschirner, University of Leipzig: Graduate Students’ Language Proficiency Development Over Two Years

Jungmin Kwon, Michigan State University: Immigrant Children as Oral Historians: Documenting and Learning Memories of Language, Culture and Community

Preyadarshini Panday Shukla, Washington State University: Supporting students’ language learning during the pandemic: Web-book, an open educational resource for intermediate Spanish

Aletha Stahl and Tatjana Babic Williams, Purdue University: Growing Intercultural Speakers in Novice Italian: A Virtual vs. Face-to-Face Comparison

Alfredo Urzúa, San Diego State University and Yuly Asención-Delaney, Northern Arizona University: Examining reflection among novice Spanish language teachers within a technology-mediated community of practice

Chantelle Warner, University of Arizona: Poetics and Play in Language Teaching and Learning: A Multiliteracies Approach

Beth Wassell, Rowan University and Cassandra Glynn, Concordia College: Equity in World Languages Education: An Exploratory Study of Access, Programming and Resources in NJ and MN

Johanna Watzinger-Tharp and Jill Landas-Lee, University of Utah: Secondary to Postsecondary DLI Articulation: Tracking DLI Students’ College Access and Success

Kelley Webb, George Mason University: An Investigation of How World Language Teachers Conceptualize and Integrate Intercultural Competence in their Classroom Practice

"ACTFL is thrilled to announce the 2020 recipients of our Research Priorities Awards. The research conducted enhances and advances our field," stated Dr. Margaret Malone, Director of Assessment, Research and Development at ACTFL. "Because recipients submit the resulting articles to ACTFL’s flagship publication, Foreign Language Annals, you’ll be able to find out more when the projects are completed."