Martiniano Etchart, with mentoring by Paula Winke and Meagan Driver, is investigating how L2 grit is related to Spanish language learners’ motivation, and how L2 grit has been impacted by COVID-19. Martiniano is the SLA K & P Lab’s first Summer Fellow. Welcome Martiniano! Martiniano’s project developed in the graduate course LLT 821, Individual differences in SLA. It is a partial replication of Teimouri, Plonsky, and Tabandeh’s  2020 article: “L2 grit: Passion and perseverance for second-language learning” in Language Teaching Research,

Dmitrii Pashtushenkov, Lizz Huntley, and Paula Winke obtained a 75K grant from the National Security Education Program to host a 4-week summer 2021 virtual workshop on assessment practices for 6th grade through 12th grade, and college and university-level, Arabic and Russian language teachers. The grant, from the U.S. STARTALK Program, is to enhance foreign and second language assessment in languages that are of critical need in the United States. Dmitrii is the project’s Lead Russian instructor. The Lead Arabic instructor is Lizz. 

Fátima Montero is a 2021-2022 Visiting Student Scholar in the SLA K & P Lab. Fátima is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is completing her dissertation on Spanish second language acquisition and Spanish in healthcare. During 2021-2022,  Fátima will participate in the Lab virtually, and will share her work in developing a Spanish proficiency test for healthcare professionals using scenario-based assessment. Her dissertation focuses on the analysis of the test’s scores and the validation of the test’s score uses. Welcome Fátima!