Professor Elizabeth Specker
I am currently teaching English as a Second Language at American River College in Sacramento, California.
- In the past I have taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in a variety of settings, including university, college, grade school (K-12) and overseas (Peace Corps, Romania).
- I have also taught English Composition at the undergraduate level and Pronunciation for ITAs (International Teaching Assistants) at the graduate level.
- Currently, I am working with beginner and intermediate level immigrant and generation 1.5 ESL students in Listening/Speaking, Reading and Writing.
My research interests include:
- Raising reading awareness by using eye-tracking technology and videos with students and instructors. See the EMRA resource lab website for more information.
- Multimodality, or the use of more than one sensory mode to convey information. Primarily, I am interested in the additional modality of closed captioning and subtitles in multimedia texts and their use by language learners.
- The use of metaphor and metonymy in both multimedia and in writing as used by second language learners (cross-cultural metaphors and appropriation of second language metaphors).
- The representation and interpretation of indexicality (Semiotics) by language learners.