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J.L. (Josh) Prada, Dr

Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism
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I am Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at the University of Groningen's Center for Language and Cognition. My research agenda is driven by a personal commitment to advancing approaches to multilingualism in education and in society that promote equity, access and democratic participation. My main area of activity is heritage/minority language education with particular attention to its interfaces with social, cognitive, and psychological factors and processes. Within this realm of work, I have been particularly invested in the advancement of translanguaging and its applications and implications for the heritage language classroom. Alongside my work on heritage language education, I have geared many of my efforts towards teacher preparation. Specifically, my work with teachers centres on equipping them with asset-based pedagogical tools and critical mindsets as a means to honour the profiles multilingual and culturally-diverse students bring into the classroom. More recently, my research programme has grown to incorporate attention to the neuro-motor aspects of meaning-making through my research on sensescapes. My research has been supported by over $3.5 million in grants and fellowships. Most of my projects are collaborative, and I enjoy dynamic conversations with collaborators from around the world, including the US, Australia, China, South Africa, and all around Europe. I have given keynotes, invited talks and facilitated workshops in Casablanca, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Dhaka, London, and Aveiro, among many others. In May 2018, I received my PhD in linguistics for my work in heritage speaker bilingualism and education. I conducted my doctoral work at Texas Tech University as a Hellen DeVitt Fellow (2014-2018) under the direction of Professor Diego Pascual y Cabo. Prior to that (2014), I got a MA in applied linguistics from Birkbeck, University of London under Professor Li Wei's direction. I completed my undergraduate education at the Unviersity of Granada, where I received a BA+MA in English Philology and TESOL under the tutorship of Professor Graeme Porte. Interests: Bi-/Multilingualism (Critical and Transdisciplinary Approaches); Heritage and Minority(-ised) Language Education (Curricular Innovation, Teacher Development, School Improvement); Translanguaging and Transperspectives, Complex Dynamic Systems and Chaos Theory in Multilingualism and Applied Linguistics. ***I only have bandwith for a small number of graduate students (MA, ResMA, and PhD students) -- If you're interested in joining my research group, or studying with me in Groningen, please, send me an email with a brief description of your profile, your interests, and why you'd like to work with me in Groningen. If you have secured funding (whether external or internal) to complete your PhD, please, let me know***

Other positions

Reviews Editor, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Associate Editor, Spanish as a Heritage Language
Co-Principal Investigator (w/ Annela. Teemant and Brandon Sheerman, Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Education, 2022-2027): Project CELEBRATE: Cultivating Equitable Learning Environments, Building Readiness, Advancing Teacher Education - Funding Agency: US Department of Education - Funded Amount: $2,999,077
Program Committee Secretary, Euroculture MA
Co-Principal Investigator/Director, Transnational Spaces for Critical Multilingual Teacher Education (with Lisa Brinkmann, Uni. Hamburg) - Funded by DAAD
Steering Committee Member, Internationalising Teacher Education (with Uni. Oldenbourg, Nelson Mandela Uni. and NHS Stenden) - Funded by DAAD
Last modified:05 June 2024 08.06 a.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands