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Alison Turner

Teaching Asst Professor

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Withers Hall 422

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Bio

Alison M. Turner, PhD. is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. She teaches in the English as a Second Language (ESL) department. She prepares candidates to teach multilingual learners in K-12 schools as well as students who teach English abroad. Her research interests include promoting parent-school-community connections; tapping into students’ Community Cultural Wealth (Yosso, 2005); and culturally responsive teaching to engage multilingual learners.

Dr. Turner is a former high school Spanish teacher. She attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and received her bachelor of arts (BA) in Romance Languages. She completed a master’s of arts and teaching (MAT) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as well as a master’s degree (MA) in Spanish at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. She received her doctorate (PhD) in education at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in December 2014.

Office Hours

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Courses Taught

  • FL 440: Internship in Teaching ESL
  • FL/ ECI 436/ 536: Perspectives on English as a New Language
  • FL 675: Special Topic in TESOL
  • FLE 100: Introduction to Academic Writing
  • FLE 101: Academic Writing and Research
  • FLE 401: Advanced Oral Communication in English for International Students
  • FLE 402: Advanced Written Communication in English for International Students
  • FLS 102: Elementary Spanish II
  • FLS 201: Intermediate Spanish I

Outreach Activities

Carolina TESOL Board Member (2018-present)

Selected Publications

Mann, J. & Turner, A. M. (under review). “Why can’t I go…just like you?”: An exploration of young refugee women’s identities, experiences, and beliefs in relation to college access. English Teaching: Practice & Critique

Turner, A. M. (2018). A teacher’s guide to Under the Feet of Jesus. Penguin/ Random House. http://images.randomhouse.com/teachers_guides/9780452273870.pdf

Cervantes-Soon, C. G., & Turner, A. M. (2016). Countering silence and reconstructing identities in a Spanish/English two-way immersion program. In X. L. Rong & J. Hilburn (Eds.), Immigration and Education in North Carolina: The Challenges and Responses in a New Gateway State (pp. 195-220). Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Parkhouse, H., Turner, A., Konle, S., & Rong, X. L. (2016). Self-authoring the meaning of student teaching in China: Impacts on first year teaching practices. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 28, 78-98.

Turner, A. M. (2016). Third space openings at a two-way immersion elementary school in North Carolina: Lessons from parent language classes. Bilingual Research Journal, 39(2), 107-120.

Turner, A. (2015). Book Review of A Cord of Three Strands: A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools. The School Community Journal, 25(2), 243-246. http://www.schoolcommunitynetwork.org/SCJ.aspx

Hilburn, J., Rong, X. L., Parkhouse, H., & Turner, A. (2015). Social Studies teachers’ inclusiveness in teaching immigrant students in a New Gateway State. Social Studies Research and Practice, 10(1), 41-64.

Turner, A. (2011). Widening classroom practices for English language learners through Third Space. Language Experience Forum Journal: A journal of the International Reading Association’s language experience special interest group, 41(2), 9-12.

Education

B.A. Romance Languages University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001

MAT Arts and Teaching University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2002

M.A. Spanish Literature University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2007

Ph.D. Bilingual Education / ESL Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2014