Two main reasons have guided my pursuit of an advanced degree in linguistics: first, my love of linguistic anthropology and the rigor in which it is practiced, and second, my desire to learn together with the best minds at all levels of academe. I have always dreamt of teaching a college classroom, having fallen in love with its dynamicity as an undergraduate. Since becoming a PhD student, I have had opportunities to teach both freshmen and senior-level classes at CU, and across departments and programs. In the course of my teaching career, the unique perspectives afforded by my students have made me a better instructor and importantly, allowed me to become a greater scholar. Additionally, as an emerging scholar of multilingualism and contact languages, the question of considering diversity in my own research finds solutions in providing a forum for underrepresented peoples and students to articulate what is valuable to them.

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Teaching experiences

Instructor of Record

WRTG 1150 First-Year Writing and Rhetoric
5 academic semesters (2019-2023)

Writing 1150 is a writing course of 19 students per class, structured to guide students in developing skills and rhetorical knowledge required as they transition from high school to college classes. In my classes, I expose students to various styles of academic arguments, as well as design their writing assignments in ways that hone their skills in drafting, revising, and reviewing as part of the writing process. Students are also encouraged to reflect on the social benefits and costs of writing clear, “standard American English” prose.

Instructor of Record

LING 1000 Language in U.S. Society
6 academic semesters (2015 – 2019)

Linguistics 1000 is a large lecture class of about 100 students per section, structured to help students gain a deeper understanding of linguistic diversity in the United States and beyond, and examines issues central to the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. In the course of the semester, students work on scaffolded writing assignments that guides them through the steps of qualitative sociolinguistics research: data collection, analysis, and reporting.

Instructor of Record

LING 3545 World Language Policies
3 academic semesters (Spring 2016, 2017 and 2018)

Linguistics 3545 is an upper division linguistics course that provides an introduction to language rights, language policies, and language ideology from both national/international and local/global perspectives. This 35-student course attracts students from majors beyond linguistics that are interested in language politics, including political science, economics, sociology, and communication studies. Students explore motivations and consequences of language policy-making as well as analyze a number of case studies of historical and current language policy implementation through different theoretical frameworks.

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Teaching Assistant

LING 2400 Language and Gender
1 academic semester (2018)

Teaching Assistant

LING 1000 Language in U.S. Society
2 academic semesters (2014)

Teaching Assistant

LING 3100 Language Sound Structures
Fall 2013

As a teaching assistant, I have supported both faculty and advanced PhD student-instructors in running recitations and laboratory sessions for students. In addition to planning and running my own recitations/tutorials, I grade and create exams and term paper assignments in collaboration with the main instructor of record.

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