Avenia-Tapper, Brianna (bma2138) | Teachers College Columbia University

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Avenia-Tapper, Brianna
Arts & Humanities

313 Zankel

Office Hours:
Spring 2017: Tuesdays 3:30-5pm & 7-8pm, Wed. 4-5p

Educational Background

Ph.D., TESOL, New York University, New York, NY

M.S., TESOL, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

B.A., Theater Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Scholarly Interests

My research focuses on the grammatical choices involved in academic achievement, and how those choices are related to power dynamics both in and out of school. This means I investigate classroom discourse, parent-child discourse, and the theoretical lenses we use in the analysis of such discourse. I also work on projects that translate insights garnered from discourse analysis to classroom practice. Currently, I am piloting a program called ALT-STEP (Academic Language Through Students Taking Expert Positions), in which linguistically diverse students grow their academic language skills by teaching younger children about their content area learning. My related interests include systemic functional linguistics, home language use in content area instruction, and innovations in preparing content area teachers to effectively meet the content area language needs of linguistically diverse learners. 

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