These resources are developed by a team of five world language educators:
Karen Tharrington is a Foreign Language methods instructor for education majors and a Spanish Lecturer at North Carolina State University She has an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from NCSU, where she conducted research on Dynamic Assessment, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Digital Learning and Teaching. Her research interests include leveraging technology for second language acquisition, both online and in the classroom, teaching for cultural competency, and foreign language teacher preparation and support. She is a believer that great teaching and sound pedagogy go hand-in-hand. Her dream job would be as a photographer for National Geographic Traveler.
Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell is an independent world languages consultant, the blogger behind Musicuentos.com, and the founder of the Musicuentos Black Box Podcast. She has an M.A. in Linguistics with an emphasis on Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include individual differences like motivation and aptitude, comprehensible input methodology, and interaction/output theories. Her dream SLA conversation would happen over DQ blizzards with Catherine Doughty, Rod Ellis, and Susan Gass.
Justin Slocum Bailey, operator of IndwellingLanguage.com, trains learners and teachers worldwide to maximize their joy and success. Himself a gung ho learner and teacher of both modern and classical languages, Justin has also conducted research on Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism at the University of Michigan. These days, his inquiries focus on learner habits, mental representation and processing, and content selection. After hours, Justin enjoys practicing JuJutsu, playing basement soccer with his kids, and watching mysteries with his wife.
Albert Fernández is a K-8 Spanish teacher in Central Florida, the Social Media voice of Calico Spanish, and the person behind the FLES CI blog senorfernie.wordpress.com. He has an M.A.T. in Foreign Language Education from the University of South Florida. His research interests include student motivation and success, proficiency-based assessment, second language acquisition, curriculum development, and bilingualism/biliteracy. Outside of foreign language teaching and research, his interests include reading Spanish novels, playing music, and cooking.
Trish Arnold has been in love with languages since she can remember. She holds Master’s degrees in Information Systems and Spanish and recently earned a certificate in Instructional Technology Integration for World Language Teachers. She has taught Spanish at universities around the Washington, DC area and loves to hear back from students when they’ve used their skills outside the classroom. Currently she works full time at The George Washington University, supporting faculty in their efforts to teach partially- and fully-online. In the meantime, she also is diving into linguistics, which she finds absolutely fascinating. The best part of Trish’s day is getting home to her lovely little family. She also enjoys rainy days curled up with her cats, watching BBC programs or reading a good book.
Why raise money? With the Musicuentos Black Box resources, we want to meet the need educators face for learning about quality research without spending money they can’t afford on expensive journal articles they can sometimes barely comprehend. Even trade organization periodicals that sometimes distill this research for us cost money or involve memberships that cost money. The Black Box resources will never cost a teacher anything.
But they will cost us something, and so we’re asking, if you’re able to help out the project in any amount, to contribute via our GoFundMe project page. Funds raised in this way will pay for two things:
1) a one year’s subscription to DeepDyve, where we can access otherwise very expensive research articles to summarize and illustrate for you.
2) a one-year 5-user license with VideoScribe.co, the software we will use to make the video podcast.
Any excess funds will be kept for future year’s subscriptions. None of the five language educators collaborating to bring you the Musicuentos Black Box will receive funds for personal use.
Ready to help? Visit our GoFundMe project now! And then watch and wait.The first Musicuentos Black Box resources are scheduled to appear on June 1, and should be released at a frequency of about every two weeks after that.