Betsy Gilliland

Betsy Gilliland

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California, Davis

Moore Hall 403

My research examines multilingual adolescents’ academic language and writing development. I am particularly interested in the experiences of young people who have attended US schools for many years and their transitions into mainstream and college writing. My current research analyzes the ways that teachers’ oral response to high school students’ writing is reflected in the students’ understandings of academic language and subsequent written texts. I also consider the influences of state and federal education policy on curriculum and teacher preparation around secondary school second language writing.


Areas of Expertise

  • Second language writing
  • Language socialization
  • Second language teacher education
  • Ethnographic discourse analysis
  • Language policy and planning

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