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Laura Edwards

Instructional Assistant Professor of French & Italian/Academic Advisor
Lang Literatures & Cultures
Office
Stevenson Hall - STV 231B
Office Hours
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  • About
  • Education
  • Awards & Honors
  • Research

Current Courses

287.098Independent Studies In Italian

287.099Independent Studies In Italian

113.099Italian Language Practice Through Service Encounters

133.099Study Abroad: Bologna, Italy

112.002First-Year Italian (Part II)

Teaching Interests & Areas

French/Italian - Oral Proficiency, speaking, reading, writing and thinking through the lens of current events and social justice

Research Interests & Areas

French and Italian L2 learning, second language acquisition during study abroad (SA), SA participant identity, critical applied linguistics, higher ed internationalization

Ph D Educational Administration and Foundations

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

MA French Literature and Culture

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Other French

Université de Poitiers
Poitiers, France

BA French

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Other French

Université Catholique de l'Ouest
Angers, France

CAS Excellence Award to Outstanding Staff (A/P)

Illinois State University
2019

Book, Chapter

Edwards, L., & Lynd, J. Internationalize Your Major: Embracing the Supportive Role of Language Study. Emily Heidrich Uebel, Felix A. Kronenberg, Scott Sterling (EDs), Language Program Vitality in the United States: From Surviving to Thriving in Higher Education. Springer (2023)

Journal Article

Edwards, L. C. (2021). No longer a wacky foreigner: Study abroad, communities of practice, and second language learning. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 6(1), 91-123.
Edwards, L. L2 Learning and Religious Communities of Practice in Study Abroad. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education

Presentations

Edwards, L., Keller, Sandra. (2020, November 14). Forging Nuanced Understandings of Frenchness and Francophonie in the Second-Year Classroom. Diversity, Decolonization, and the French Curriculum, Virtual Conference. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/diversity-decolonization-and-the-french-curriculum-tickets-117350300909#
Hildebrandt, S., Edwards, L., Pancrazio, J.J. (2020, January 10). Getting to know the Oral Proficiency Interview: Translating it to Student-Ease. Teaching and Learning Symposium - Intentional Technologies: Reclaiming Our Spaces, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Edwards, L. (2017, February 10). The Effect of Communities of Practice on L2 Acquisition During Study Abroad. Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication conference on study abroad, Rice University, Houston, TX. http://clicstudyabroadconference.rice.edu/program/
Edwards, L. (2017, January 12). A Culture of Oral Proficiency in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Teaching and Learning Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Edwards, L. (2015, January 7). Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Certification for Increased Support and Success of ISU Foreign Languages Education Majors. Teaching and Learning Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.
Edwards, L. (2013, November 1). The Development of OPI-rated Oral Proficiency and Whether Study Abroad Has a Significant Effect. Midwestern Conference for International Studies, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Grants & Contracts

Faculty International Travel Grant. Office of International Studies and Programs. Illinois State University. (2019)
Teaching Innovations Grant. Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Illinois State University. (2019)
Internationalize Your Major Grant. Office of International Studies and Programs. Illinois State University. (2018)
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Travel Grant. Center for Teaching and Learning. Illinois State University. (2017)
Teaching-Learning Innovations Grant. CTLT. Illinois State University. (2015)
Teaching and Learning Grant. CTLT. Illinois State University. (2014)