Literacy and language practices of Francophone children in a minority setting; children’s in- and out-of-school literacy practices; identity construction; multimodality and literacy; adolescent and children’s literature.
Fee-paying international students in K–12 public schools; sociocultural/political issues in K–12 ESL/EAL education; language socialization; discourse analysis; qualitative research & research methodology; Korean as an additional language learning.
L2 testing and it’s role in shaping learner beliefs, motivations, identity (re)formations, and short/long-term investments; large-scale high-stakes language test validity; L2 test washback on pedagogical practices and classroom environments; Vygotskian and other sociocultural theories of identity (re)formation.
Poetic imagination and peacebuilding; interdisciplinary, arts-based, poetic and narrative inquiry: research as witness and resistance; the act of writing in conditions of extremity; traditions of reconciliation; literacy; trauma resilience; translation; poetics of return; and the poetic image as a space for radical meeting, moving from Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali’s notion of dihliz (threshold/liminal space). Currently working on the creation of a multi-lingual anthology of Iraqi children’s poetry, her research objectives are to: 1) cleave a space where Iraqi children – speaking for themselves- may be heard; 2) better understand how the arts might provide significant ways of addressing critical issues of exile, loss and hope.
Inclusive early literacy; early literacy in the lives of young children labelled with significant disabilities; family literacy and early literacy in community settings, particularly public libraries; digital media in early childhood; children’s literature.
Bilingualism and biliteracy, multiliteracies, language and literacy socialization, early literacy, family literacy, in- and out- of school literacy practices; K–12 English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL), Korean as a Second Language (KSL); critical sociolinguistics, migration, globalization, and language issues; discourse analysis, ethnography; critical pedagogy, bilingual education.