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). They concern 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 and 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 ESL teacher preparation. 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:
- Uses of 'okay' in conversation
- Telephone closings in Korean conversation
- Service learning for MA TESL students
- Preparing ESL teachers for post-secondary institutions
- Other-initiations of repair in Korean