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Rue Burch is a doctoral student who entered the SLS program in Fall 2010. His work focuses on using Conversation Analysis to explore language learners’ development of interactional and pragmatic competence, including looking at issues concerning persistence and communication strategies which have not been explored thoroughly from a CA perspective. In particular, his work is concerned with how linguistic resources are coupled with other semiotic resources such as embodied action, and how this contributes to a learner’s interactional
competence. As a graduate assistant, he has taught SLS 302 (Second Language Learning) and SLS 313 (Techniques in SL Teaching: Listening and Speaking).
Areas of Interest
* Talk-in-Interaction (Conversation Analysis, Membership Categorization Analysis, Discursive Psychology)
* Embodied Action and Multimodality
* Interactional and Pragmatic Competence
* Japanese and Korean as Second Languages