ESL PhD and Research Interests

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English as a Second Language & Bilingual Education

Ph.D. Research Interests

We welcome applications from prospective doctoral students interested in researching topics aligned with our approaches and areas of interest (see Program Philosophy). We offer the following topics as samples of research our graduate students have undertaken:

  • performance pedagogies for English learners
  • multiple repertoires of languages and literacies in and out of schools
  • policies impacting schooling for high school English learners (ethnography of policy)
  • schooling for immigrant youth in new destination communities
  • languages and literacies in transnational communications
  • transitions to college for Latino youth
  • the effects of NCLB on students with limited or disrupted prior education
  • the role of reflection in critical language teacher education
  • language ideology, language policy, capital, social relations and education in Cape Verde
  • children’s television programming as a linguistic and cultural resource for young English language learners
  • sociocultural representations of English in an EFL context
  • using standards-based classroom assessments to influence practice in programs for English language learners
  • empowering Thai ESL learners: a critical ethnographic study
  • home/school connections for Latino children
  • beliefs and practices of inservice “mainstream” teachers serving English language learners
  • bilingualism and biliteracy: effective uses of L1 in L2 literacy instruction
  • critical literacy with young English language learners
  • family literacy and cross-generational practices
  • social formations and identity work in classrooms


For application information and Ph.D. program requirements, please visit the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Graduate Programs website.


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