Faculty Research Talks


Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 2:30-3:30pm
Location: ZOOM https://bryant.zoom.us/j/99662770152

(Not so) Foreign Languages: Plurilinguistic Acquisition and Development Through Language Proximities and Intercomprehension

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Professor Cedric Joseph Oliva,
Department of Modern Languages

Over the past 20 years, the field of Intercomprehension and the study of the didactization of language proximities has been revitalizing the fields of Language Acquisition and Language Teaching Methodology. Intercomprehension and courses centered on this approach are helping pave the road to multilingualism, particularly for the growing population of speakers of English and Spanish in the United States. Such courses offer opportunities for learners to concurrently develop reading skills in 5 related languages. This presentation will discuss some of the key approaches and challenges that learners face when tackling several unknown languages. Participants will be invited to discover their ability to read passages of texts in languages they do not master using intercomprehensive reading strategies.


Please register: https://bookme.bryant.edu/calendar/facdev/oliva

Past Talks

Ganga Urumutta Hewage

Department of Marketing 

Topic: Preference for Experiences: Regulatory Focus and the Tradesoffs between Experiential and Material Purchase 

Kathryn Ostermeier

Department of Management  

Topic: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken: Individual Differences and Rule-Breaking Behavior

Xiaofei (Sophie) Pan

Department of Economics 

Topic: Team incentives, productivity and choices: a real-time real effort experiment

Steven Weicksel

Department of Science & Technology

Topic: In (or out) of the Loop: Understanding Chromatin Organization and Gene Expression in Vertebrate Development. 

Rick Gorvett

Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics 

Topic: Automated Vehicles: Assessing the Risks

Nicole Freiner

Associate Professor, History and Social Sciences

Topic: Rice and Agricultural Policies in Japan

Gerald John

Science and Technology

Topic: Microplastics – the plastics we don’t know about 

Son Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Bankruptcy Prediction Using Multiple Under-Sampling: A Study of North American Companies

Alicia Lamere

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: Robust Comparison of Expression Levels on RNA-Seq Data with Large Sample Sizes

Gao Niu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Topic: A financial protection strategy for families that have a child with Down Syndrome.

Consolata Mutua

Lecturer, Communications

Topic: African women refugees: An analysis of oppression, resistance, and resilience post-resettlement.​

Katayoun Alidadi

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Topic: Gauging progress towards equality? Challenges and best practices of equality data collection in the EU.

Cathy Zheng

Assistant Professor of Finance

Topic: Does social trust affect international contracting? Evidence from foreign bond covenants.

Dirk Primus

Assistant Professor of Management

Topic: Crafting better teams: The effort of creative methods during team initiation on team climate.

Julie Volkman

Assistant Professor Communication

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

Laura Beaudin

Assistant Professor Economics

Topic: Discussing Next Steps in Health Messages and Emotion and Athletic Expenditure and Performance. (CO-Presenter)

The Faculty Research Talks series is a colloquium that provides Bryant faculty an opportunity to present their current scholarly activities to their colleagues, in a stimulating, collegial, and informal environment. The research can be at any stage or level, including ideas and concepts for projects, updates on work and analyses in progress, or a conference presentation. We expect the colloquium will provide a networking venue for research collaborations. The presentations are open to all Bryant faculty, and members from all disciplines are encouraged to attend to encourage interdisciplinary interchange of ideas and collaboration.