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Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA


About our research network

Gesture and multimodality play an integral role in second language acquisition. Yet, because gesture and multimodality tend to be studied interdisciplinary such as in education, psychology, linguistics, to name a few, there is no specific venue for applied linguists to collaborate on how gestures and multimodality function in SLA and discuss their most recent studies. The purpose of this ReN is to create a venue for applied linguists to discuss their work at regular intervals to move this area of research forward. The goals of AILA ReN Gesture, Multimodality, and SLA is to create a place where applied linguists of different backgrounds can share their ongoing studies, get feedback, continue developing their projects, and collaborate on new projects beyond their institutions in order to contribute to the field of SLA. We plan on organizing two colloquiums at AILA 2020 and publishing an edited book via AILA Applied Linguistics Series from John Benjamins. Please contact the convener about our ReN.


2020 JULY: Meeting at ISGS (Chicago)

2020 AUGUST: Colloquium at AILA (Groningen)


2018 MARCH: Meeting at AAAL (Chicago)

2018 JUNE: Meeting at ISGS (Cape Town)

2018 FALL: Online meeting 

2019 MARCH: Meeting at AAAL (Atlanta)


current members

Our current members include junior and experienced researchers from institutions located in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the U.S.

Francisca Aguilo-Mora, PhD, Lecturer in Spanish, Columbia University

Brahim Azaoui, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Montpellier, LIRDEF EA3749

Jana Bressem, PhD, Post-Doc (Assistant Professor) in German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication at Chemnitz Technical University

Heather Brookes, PhD, Associate Professor/Chief Research Officer, SARChI (South African Research Chair), Linguistics section – School of African studies, Gender studies, Anthropology & Linguistics (AXL),  University of Cape Town

Amanda Brown, PhD, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Advisor, M.A. Linguistic Studies, Coordinator, CAS Language Teaching: TESOL/TLOTE, Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Syracuse University

Aaron Braver, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Texas Tech University

Kimberly Buescher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Tommy Dang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Texas Tech University

Søren Wind Eskildsen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

Marianne Gullberg, PhD, Professor of Psycholinguistics & Director of LU Humanities Lab, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University

Simon Harrison, Simon Harrison, PhD, Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics, School of English,The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Yukari Hirata, PhD, Professor of Japanese, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Colgate University 

Solène Inceoglu, PhD, Lecturer of French, HDR Convenor for Languages and Linguistics, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, The Australian National University

Spencer Kelly, PhD, Psychology Department, Colgate University

Silva H. Ladewig, PhD, Post-Doc Research Assistant (Assistant Professor), Chair of Language Use and Multimodal Communication in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at European University Viadrina

Tasha N. Lewis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Loyola University Maryland

Renia Lopez, PhD, Assistant professor, Programme Leader Minor European Studies, English Department, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Paula Marentette, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta–Augustana Campus

Steven McCafferty, PhD, Professor, Applied Linguistics Graduate Coordinator, Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Francisco Meizoso, PhD, Lecturer in Spanish, Columbia University

Laura Morett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director, Neuroscience of Education Research on Development (NERD) Lab, The University of Alabama

Kimi Nakatsukasa, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University

Eduardo Negueruela-Azarola, PhD, ILCE Research and Academic Director, Universidad de Navarra

Elena Nicolaidis, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Alberta

Alessandro Rosborough, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Brigham Young University

Miranda Scloari, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Sciences, Texas Tech University

Marga Stander, PhD,English Department, Sol Plaatje University, South Africa

Tetyana (Tania) Smotrova, PhD, Lecturer, Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore

Gale Stam, PhD, Professor of Psychology, National Louis University

Marion Tellier, PhD, Director of Department of FLE, Coordinator of M1 speciality in French as a foreign language, LPL- UMR 7309 (CNRS), Aix-Marseille Université

Keiko Yoshioka, PhD, 

Johannes Wagner, PhD, Professor, Department of Design and Communication, University of Southern Denmark

Benjamin White, PhD, Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics, Saint Michael’s College

Keli Yerian, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Director of Language Teaching Studies MA Program, University of Oregon



Kimi Nakatsukasa


Gale Stam

Please contact us if you are interested in this ReN!

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