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.
My work has focused on comparing interactional practices found across languages as well as finding language specific and universal practices. I work with both English and Korean data. More specifically it has concentrated on the following areas:
- Designing beginnings and endings of a turn-at-talk (turn-initial and final particles, in particular)
- Designing response beginnings to questions
- Other-initiations of repair
- Grammar in interaction
My other research interests include L2 speaking pedagogy and TESOL 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.
The projects I'm currently working on are:
- 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
- Telephone closings in Korean conversation
- Service learning for MA TESL students