Senior Lecturer, Educational Linguistics Division
P-12, Higher Ed
- English language learners
- International students
From helping international students to develop the English language skills they need to succeed in graduate school, to assisting K-12 teachers to meet the needs of newly arrived immigrant children and families, Anne Pomerantz has over 15 years of experience as a language teacher, researcher and teacher educator. Pomerantz identifies the ways in which educators and educational institutions can support English language learners linguistically, academically and socially. Her most recent project considers how humor and language play function in bi/multilingual classroom settings and how these instances of non-serious language use support additional language learning. Her research calls into question current educational policies that favor uniformity over diversity and conventionality over creativity. She is particularly interested in exploring the potential negative effects of the U.S. push toward scripted curricula, high stakes standardized testing, and English-only instruction. Pomerantz is fluent in Spanish and has also written extensively about Spanish language education in the U.S.