Linguistics Program

Sabine Siekmann

Ph.D. University of South Florida 2004.
Second language acquisition, computer assisted language learning
Brooks 306D ssiekmann@alaska.edu 474-6580

CV (PDF file)

Research Interests

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
    • Utilizing authentic online materials in a task-based approach
    • Facilitating communicative tasks in electronic environments
    • Applications to indigenous language maintenance and revitalization
    • Web-based Distance Learning of foreign language and teacher education
    • Second Life, wikis and video
  • Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
    • Peer scaffolding
    • Dynamic assessment
  • Teacher Education
    • Distance Teacher Education
    • Teacher attitudes and beliefs about technology in language teaching and learning
  • Research methods
    • Individual and pair learning processes
    • discourse analysis as a tool to understand distance education
    • peer scaffolding and mediation in distance education settings

Classes Taught

Graduate Courses

  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition

  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

  • Second Language Curriculum and Materials Development

  • Critical Theory in Second Language Contexts

  • Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning

  • Theories and Methods of Teaching Second/Foreign Languages

  • Internship

  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

  • ESOL2 Reading and Critical Literacy

  • Web Design

  • Telecommunications in Education


Undergraduate Courses

  • Nature of Language

  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition

  • Methods of Teaching Second/Foreign Languages

  • ESOL 1 Curriculum and Pedagogy of ESOL

  • ESOL 2 Reading and Critical Literacy

  • Foreign Language Methods

  • Beginning German 1

  • Beginning German 2

  • Intermediate German 1

  • Intermediate German 2

  • German Conversation and Composition

English as a Second Language

  • Computer Skills Elective – Levels 3 and 4 (intermediate and high intermediate)

  • Strategies for Learning – Level 2 (low intermediate)

Graduate Committees

Chair of PhD committees

Hishinlai’ “Kathy Sikorski” (estimated graduation date Spring 2010)

Walkie Charles (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Dynamic Assessment in a Yup'ik L2 Intermediate Adult Classroom

Chisato Murakami (estimated graduation date Fall 2010)

 Metacognition in Kanji Reading

Chair of M.A./M.Ed. Committees

Carrie Aldrich (graduated Fall 2007)

Tutor Strategies in face-to-face and distance tutorial sessions: Tutor and student perceptions

Kathy Sikorski (graduated Fall 2008)

An Indigenous Classroom: Assisting and Provoking Language Performance

Aric Bills (estimated graduation date Fall 2008)

An Electronic Dictionary of Aleut

Ginny Schlichting (estimated graduation date Spring 2009)

Needs Assessment of Fairbanks Adult English Language Learners

Cathy Moses (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Focus on Form in the Yup’ik Immersion Classroom

Anastasia Holmberg (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Bidialectalism: Teachers as Government Agents or Social Agents?

Renee Green (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

The Hooper Bay Yup’ik Eskimo Immersion Program

Carol Oulton (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Singing and focus on form in the Yup’ik Immersion Classroom

Theresa Prince (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Elders in the classroom

Sheila Wallace (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Curriculum Mapping:   A Tool for Authentic Second-Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Erin Kavanaugh (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

The Use of Blogs to Increase Writing performance

Emily Stribling (estimated graduation date Spring 2010)

Improving Literacy through Technology

Sally Samson (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Eskimo Dancing: An Introduction to Writing

Joanne Sundown (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Multicultural Literature

Mae Pitka (estimated graduation date Fall 2009)

Using Culturally Relevant Materials to Improve Reading Fluency and Comprehension