Geoliteracies and Place-Based Language Learning

Meet the Team

Principal Investigators

Liudmila Klimanova

Liudmila Klimanova is Assistant Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. Her research intersects the areas of critical pedagogies, CALL, technology-enhanced place-based learning, multimodality, and second language identity. In her research and teaching, she emphasizes the role of place in understanding language use in a concrete community of practice. She has taken her students on study-abroad trips in the countries of Central Asia where students engaged in slow walk activities exploring the urban spaces of the host city and reflecting on their city explorations.

Lara Lomicka Anderson

Lara Lomicka Anderson  is Professor of French and Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include CALL, place-based learning,  teacher education, intercultural learning, social media, study abroad, and semiotics. In leading study abroad programs in France and Morocco, she engages her students in place-based activities, street art walks and linguistic landscape tasks.

Graduate Student Collaborators

Mourad Abdennebi

Mourad Abdennebi  is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. Mourad specializes in language instructions for Arabic, French, and ESL. His research explores the cognitive processes that assist adult language learners to effectively learn vocabulary and the role of multisensory enrichment in enhancing vocabulary acquisition. Mourad is also interested in bilingualism, textual thinking, place-based learning, and digital social reading. Mourad serves as an outreach scholar with the Center of Middle Eastern Studies and led American students in service learning and cultural exchange programs in Morocco.

Lincoln Grady Bain

Lincoln Grady Bain  is  a Ph.D candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program at the University of Arizona and is a Graduate Teaching Associate for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His research interests include CALL, gameful second language learning and teaching, digital identity, multimodal composing, and teacher education. He received his B.A in Spanish Literature and Culture from Arizona State University, and his MAT in Spanish Education from Northern Arizona University.