Research


I am an applied linguist with expertise in African languages. My research interests are pragmatics and language learning. I investigate language use in participatory media, reproductive health campaigns, and instructional settings to understand how grammatical encodings and linguistic performances contribute to constructing and maintaining social order.

Courses


I teach Swahili (East Africa) at all levels (1-6) and courses in linguistics.

Summer 2018 Session C
Applied Linguistics 40W

Course description: Lecture, four hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 40. Prior knowledge of foreign languages not required. Introduction to language from sociological perspective of gender. Use of research and examples in English and other languages to explore nature of male and female “genderlects” and gendered language, as reflected in lexicon, language behavior, phonetics and intonation, and language acquisition and linguistic change. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading. Enroll here.

Spring 2018
Applied Linguistics 102W

Course description: Seminar, five hours. Requisite: English Composition 3. This course explores learning via an examination first and second language acquisition. Children acquire the language of their family and community, thus first language acquisition is ubiquitous. However, success in second language acquisition is radically variable, and many learners, in spite of substantial opportunity and ability, achieve proficiencies that fall far below that of a native speaker. Using this contrast, we will examine various theories of language acquisition, as well as the interaction of emotion and cognition, and the nature of aptitude and motivation in learning. The primary vehicle for this investigation will be analysis of video excerpts and autobiographies of second language learners. This course is part of UCLA’s Writing II Program, and an equally important goal of the course is to provide students the opportunity to learn new writing skills. Students will work on four writing products, each with one draft and one revision. No final work will be submitted without first draft. Enroll here

SWAHILI 3

Course description: SWA2 focuses on standard Swahili, the most widely used language in East Africa and also one of the official languages of the United Nations. In an interactive environment you will be able to immerse yourself in Swahili while learning about its history and culture(s). Three consecutive quarters of Swahili satisfy college language requirements. All UC students are welcome to join the class via cross-campus enrollment. Enroll here

Winter 2018
LINGUISTICS 9W

Course description: Seminar, five hours. Requisite: English Composition 3. Study of how principles of science of linguistics are applied in analyzing language structure. Data from humor and other amusements, such as secret languages (Pig Latin and more). Introduction to basics of linguistics analysis, including language sound systems, syntactic analysis, word structure, word meaning, and pragmatics. Focus on nature of language as innate part of human biology that allows people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds to adapt language for humorous purposes, albeit shaped by culture as to what counts as funny. Satisfies Writing II requirement. P/NP or letter grading. Enroll here

SWAHILI 2

Course description: SWA2 focuses on standard Swahili, the most widely used language in East Africa and also one of the official languages of the United Nations. In an interactive environment you will be able to immerse yourself in Swahili while learning about its history and culture(s). Three consecutive quarters of Swahili satisfy college language requirements. All UC students are welcome to join the class via cross-campus enrollment. Enroll here

Fall 2017
APPLIED LINGUISTICS 101W

Course description: APPLING 101W is an upper-division elective course for students interested in understanding language learning and teaching experiences and strategies in light of second/foreign language theory and research. Students will explore the skills and conditions involved in successful second and foreign language learning. They will then use this knowledge to develop a framework for teaching second and foreign languages. This course fulfills a requirement for the undergraduate minor emphasis in Language Teaching as well as Writing II and GE requirements. Enroll here

SWAHILI 1

Course description: SWA1 focuses on standard Swahili, the most widely used language in East Africa and also one of the official languages of the United Nations. In an interactive environment you will be able to immerse yourself in Swahili while learning about its history and culture(s). Three consecutive quarters of Swahili satisfy college language requirements. All UC students are welcome to join the class via cross-campus enrollment. Enroll here