Crystal Marull is the Coordinator of the Online Spanish Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. She capitalizes on digital tools and virtual environments to offer a variety of media-rich lesson plans. Her innovative courses incorporate telecollaborative virtual exchanges between students and native speakers located across Latin America.
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Areas of Expertise (7)
Distance/Online Learning Pedagogy
Second Language Pedagogy
Heritage Language Acquisition
Second Language Processing
Cognitive Individual Differences
Online Learning Pedagogy
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Meet Crystal An aspiring academic whose career started with a leap of faith when the recession hit close to home
Going after what you really want in life can be an incredibly daunting prospect, especially when the financial rewards are not immediate and you have little mouths to feed. That’s why I love Crystal’s story. Executive Women of New Jersey did, too, and will be honoring her among several other women at a scholarship dinner tonight. Consider this post my personal, virtual high-five for showing us all that it can be done.
The Effect of Perceptions: Instructor–Student Dynamics in the Spanish Heritage ClassroomLanguages
The rising population of heritage speakers (HS) in university courses in the US has increased the need for instructors who understand the linguistic, social, and cultural profiles of their students. Recent research has discussed the need for specialized courses and their differentiation from second-language (L2) classes, as well as the intersection between HS and language attitudes. However, prior studies have not examined HS students’ language attitudes toward the sociolinguistic background of the instructors and their effect on classroom interactions.
Authentic Language Learning through Telecollaboration in Online CoursesTechTrends
We describe the integration of telecollaborative language coaching sessions into an online Spanish program as the unifying thread for asynchronous learning and reflection activities. In survey responses, students reported improved language skills and cultural knowledge, and the ability to apply linguistic skills to “real-life” situations due to their virtual interactions with native speakers. The importance of authentic learning experiences in online language courses and online courses in other disciplines is discussed.
Telecollaboration in the Online Language ClassroomFDLA Conference
A major challenge to the online classroom is often argued to be the lack of opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships. Various strategies have been proposed to overcome such isolation including synchronous telepresence activities. However, language programs often struggle with how to best integrate the telecollaboration programs for optimal linguistic success. This interactive presentation offers a novel approach that integrates language coaching sessions as the unifying thread that motivates and ties all course activities together.
Syntactic position constrains cross-linguistic activationLinguistic Approaches to Bilingualism
There are two competing theories of bilingual lexical access — the language-selective access theory, which proposes that only the lexical items from the intended language are activated for selection during speech planning and comprehension (e.g., Costa, Santesteban, & Ivanova, 2006), and the language non-selective access theory, which proposes that both languages receive activation and compete for production (e.g., Kroll, Bobb, & Wodniecka, 2006). This study examines whether language-specific syntax — the syntactic positioning of a target word in a determiner phrase — can act as a language cue to modulate cross-linguistic activation and whether inhibition resolves competition (e.g., Green, 1998).
- The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) : Member
- Sigma Delta Pi : Member
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) : Member