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TESOL Faculty and Staff

Polina Vinogradova Director of TESOL Program CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Vinogradova is interested in the use of digital technology, specifically digital stories, in language education and in postmethod pedagogy and advocacy in language teacher development. Her recent

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Faculty Research Interests

Naomi Baron
Mobile phones, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, relationship between spoken and written language, history of English, language acquisition in children, general linguistics.

Robin Barr
Indo-European and psycholinguistics, morphology, relationship between language learning and language change.

Polina Vinogradova
Identity negotiation in personal and multimodal narratives; language, culture, and human interaction; multiliteracies and multimodality; pedagogical uses of digital storytelling.  

Sarah Young
Second language acquisition, language teaching methods, applied linguistics, metalinguistic awareness, and working with low-literate adult learners.


Naomi S. Baron Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Baron is interested in language and technology, reading, the relationship between speech and writing, the history of English, and higher education. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fell

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Robin Barr Linguist in Residence CAS-World Lang and Cultures

Prof. Barr holds a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard with concentrations in both Indo-European and psycholinguistics. Her research on morphology involves the relationship between language learning and l

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Susan George Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Susan George has taught in Writing, EAP, ESL, and Literature programs in the United States, Canada, and Japan. She has been involved in both teaching and curriculum development in EAP and ESL. Her

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Jennifer Himmel Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Himmel is interested in the ways that students learning in two languages mediate language and literacy acquisition through peer-peer interaction. Her recent research focuses on helping elemen

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Sarah Knowles Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Sarah Young Knowles specializes in second language acquisition, language teaching methods and teacher education, and instructional design. She earned her doctorate in applied linguistics at Georgetown

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Mary Spanarkel Adjunct Instructor

Mary Spanarkel is a Research Assistant at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. She previously served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Washington English Center, a comm

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Rebecca Wilner Panama Bilingue Project Manager CAS - School of Education

Rebecca joins the AU Faculty and Staff after serving as a Senior English Language Fellow in Panama City, Panama, where she was the Academic Director of the Center for English Language Immersion (CELI)

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