Rebecca Sawyer

Credentials: Advisor: Mariana Pacheco


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After receiving a BA in Spanish with teacher certification at Michigan State University, I taught high school Spanish for six years in Metro Detroit. A desire to improve my practice led me to the MA program in Language Learning at Wayne State University, where I later became a Teaching Assistant in the Spanish department. During the time I spent at Wayne State, I became interested in the disconnect between what I was learning and what I saw being applied to the secondary classroom. Thus, my research interests are grounded in how to use second language research to make foreign language teaching better, particularly for students with marginalized identities. At UW-Madison, I hope to focus my research on how sociolinguistic identity impacts foreign language learning, with a particular interest in speakers of non-standard dialects of English.