Linguistics encompasses many fields
related to language in general, but my major concentrations are in second
language acquisition (SLA) and pedagogy. I received my Bachelor's degree
in French & Linguistics in 2004 and my Master's degree in Linguistics & Teaching
English as a Second Language in 2007. I am nearly finished with my PhD in Applied Linguistics, having succesfully passed my thesis examination in June 2015.
My major research interests are related to the role textbooks play in language
teaching and learning, including the use of (or lack of) realia and informal
language, as well as the teaching of vocabulary with regards to frequency
and corpora and the importance of listening comprehension for learning vocabulary. Obviously, I'm also interested in the role technology plays
in language learning, especially computer-assisted language learning (CALL) that allows for more audio-visual input than the regular classroom.
The following pages are based on notes from my university courses if you'd like to learn more about linguistics in general.
Linguistics 101: Introduction to linguistics
for undergraduates, with a more extensive section on phonology from a
English Grammar: Grammatical terms and examples,
verb conjugations, spelling rules, and homophones
History of English: Semester notes from an
Bibliography: articles and books on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition, Listening Comprehension, and Informal French
If you are interested in doing a degree in Linguistics, in addition to the
pages above, you can read through the following notes, homework and papers
that I wrote for my courses (PDF or DOC format*). This may not be representative
of all Linguistics programs, but it will hopefully give you an idea of what
type of work you may need to do in order to obtain a Linguistics degree. Please visit Applelinguist for a great review of PhD programs in Linguistics if you're still undecided about where to do your degree.
* Some of the Word documents use SILDoulos
font for the IPA symbols, so you may
need to download and install the font in order to correctly view the symbols.