Laura Gurzynski-Weiss | Faculty
Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Associate Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Office: Ballantine Hall 876
Ph.D. Georgetown University 2010 with distinction
M.S. Georgetown University 2007
B.A. Marquette University 2005
- Instructed second language acquisition
- Interaction- and task-based classroom and quasi-experimental research
- Individual characteristics/differences
- Feedback perception and use
- Teacher cognition
- Research and teaching methodology
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (accepted). Factors influencing Spanish instructors’ in-class feedback decisions. The Modern Language Journal 100(1), spring 2016.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (in press). Spanish instructors’ operationalization and interpretation of task complexity and sequencing in non-experimental foreign language lessons. The Language Learning Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09571736.2015.1015151
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Baralt, M. (in press). A closer look at learner responses to feedback and their effect on noticing in face-to-face and computer-mediated task-based interaction. Applied Psycholinguistics, 36(6), 1391-1418. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/S0142716414000320
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., Al-Khalil, M., Baralt, M., & Leow, R. (in press). The roles of type of feedback and type of linguistic item on L2 awareness in computer-mediated communication. To appear in L. Cerezo, R. Leow, & M. Baralt (Eds.), Technology and second/foreign language learning: A psycholinguistic approach. Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Baralt, M., Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Kim, Y. (in press). The effects of task type and classroom environment on learners’ engagement with the language. To appear in M. Sato & S. Ballinger (Eds.), Peer interaction and L2 learning. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., Long, A. Y., & Solon, M. (2015). Comparing interaction and use of space in traditional and innovative classroom spaces. Hispania, 98(1), 61-78.
- Plonsky, L., & Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (2014). Research methods. In C. Fäcke (Ed.) Manual of language acquisition(pp. 31-49). Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Baralt, M. (2014). Exploring learner perception and use of task-based interactional feedback in face-to-face and computer-mediated modes. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36(1), 1-37.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (2013). Instructor characteristics and classroom-based second language acquisition of Spanish. In K. L. Geeslin (Ed.), The handbook of Spanish second language acquisition (pp. 530-546). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Révész, A. (2012). Tasks, teacher feedback, and learner modified output in naturally occurring classroom interaction. Language Learning, 62(3), 851-879.
- Baralt, M., & Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (2011). Comparing learners’ state anxiety during task-based interaction in computer-mediated and face-to-face communication. Language Teaching Research, 15(2), 201-229.
Articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (2014-a). Graduate instructor in-class cognition and feedback provision over time. In R. T. Miller, K. I. Martin, C. M. Eddington, A. Henery, N. M. Miguel, A. Tseng, A. Tuninetti & D. Walter (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum, 227-239.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (2014-b). Triangulating graduate instructor learning in FL teaching methods: Questionnaires, concept maps, and reflective teaching journals. In Proceedings of the World Conference on Learning, Teaching and Educational Leadership 141, 171-181.
Books under contract
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. (Ed.). Expanding individual difference research in the interaction approach: Investigating learners, instructors, and researchers. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
- Díaz-Campos, M., Geeslin, K. L., & Gurzynski-Weiss, L. Lengua en contexto: Introducción y aplicación de la lingüística hispánica. Mahwah, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Articles and chapters under contract
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Geeslin, K. L. L2 classrooms as multifaceted sources of input: The synergy of variationist and usage-based approaches. To appear in A. Tyler & L. Ortega (Eds.), Usage-based L2 instruction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [Invited submission due September 2015].
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L. Instructor individual differences. To appear in S. Loewen & M. Sato (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of instructed second language acquisition. New York: Routledge.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., Henderson, C., & Jung, D. Timing of learner-modified output in FTF and CMC: Examining immediate and delayed learner use of feedback in relation to perception and learning.To appear in M. Ahmadian & P. García Mayo (Eds.), Multiple perspectives on task-based language teaching and learning. Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Gurzynski-Weiss, L., & Jung, D. Pragmatic tasks in study abroad: A semester-long study. To appear in N. Taguchi & Y. Kim (Eds.), Task-based pragmatics teaching. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Upcoming conference presentations
- TBLT and L2 pronunciation: Do the benefits of tasks extend beyond grammar and lexis? (organized with Avizia Y. Long & Megan Solon; first author). Colloquium to be presented at the Biennial Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning Biennial conference, Leuven, Belgium; September 2015
- Teacher-initiated TBLT: A 16-week case study of design and implementation in a Spanish FL classroom (with Avizia Y. Long; second author). Paper to be presented at the Biennial Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning Biennial conference, Leuven, Belgium; September 2015
- Interlocutor Individual Differences Symposium, Indiana University Bloomington; October 2015
Honors and Awards
- College Arts and Humanities Institute Conference Grant for “Interlocutor Individual Differences in Cognition and Second Language Acquisition” inaugural symposium; $7576; 2014
- Outstanding Mentor Award; Department of Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Advisory Committee; 2014
- Graduate Research Assistantship; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Fall 2014
- International Conference Travel Grant; Office of the Vice Provost of International Affairs; $1500; 2014
- Grant-in-Aid, Office for the Vice Provost of Research; $3000; 2014
- Institute for European Studies International Travel Grant; $800; 2013
- Short-Term Faculty Exchange with the Universidad de Sevilla, Office for the Vice Provost of International Affairs; 2013; 2014
- Center for Arts & Humanities Institute Grant for Hispanic Linguistics Guest Lecture; $1000; 2012
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant from the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education; $5000; 2011-2012
Selected Current Research Projects
- Founder/Convenor, Interlocutor & Instructor Individual Differences in Cognition and SLA, International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) Research Network (ReN) http://www.individualdifferencesinsla.com/
- Interlocutor individual characteristics/differences and beliefs, cognition, and learning opportunities
- TBLT and language instructors (collaboration with Dr. Andrea Révész, King’s College, London)
- Corrective feedback in Spanish and Portuguese FL classrooms
- TBLT and L2 pronunciation (collaboration with Dr. Megan Solon, SUNY Albany & Avizia Long)
- Variation in pronunciation instruction and feedback in Spanish FL classrooms: Examining instructors' beliefs and individual characteristics (collaboration with Avizia Long & Lisa Baldwin Egar)
- Task-based needs analysis in a Spanish FL context (collaboration with several graduate students)
- Social functions of code-switching in a first-grade Spanish/English dual-immersion classroom (collaboration with Dr. Melissa Baralt, Florida International University)
- Heritage language instructors (collaboration with Dr. Diego Pascual y Cabo, Texas Tech University & Dr. Julio Torres, UC-Irvine)