My primary research interests revolve around situated uses of language in everyday life and institutional settings (e.g. English oral proficiency exams, small group meetings). It concerns the intersection of language, social interaction, and language learning and teaching. Drawing on Conversation Analysis (CA) as an analytic framework, I collect and examine recordings of social interactions and describe systematic conversational patterns that emerge from the detailed analysis of data.
I'm mainly interested in comparing interactional practices found across languages, and finding language-specific and universal practices. I work with both English and Korean data. My work has concentrated on the following areas:
- Designing beginnings and endings of a turn-at-talk (turn-initial and final particles, in particular)
- Designing responses to questions
- Other-initiations of repair
- Grammar in interaction
My current projects:
- International Teaching Assistants' rhetorical strategies in the context of an oral proficiency exam
- Alternative formats of imperative requests in Korean conversation
- Uses of 'okay' in conversation
My other research interests include L2 writing and speaking pedagogy, and TESL pedagogy. I'm particularly interested in service learning for pre-service language teachers and its impact on their development as teachers and active members of the community.