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LLC News

July 2011 Archives

Dr. Christine Mallinson's students create podcasts on language variations in Baltimore

In the spring, students in the seminar LLC 612 taught by Dr. Christine Mallinson researched the languages and language varieties heard in and around Baltimore. Now, their findings—which took students from the white marble steps of Hampden’s “hons” to immigrant communities —have been summarized in a series of podcasts that uncover some of the linguistic charm of Charm City.

You can listen to the podcasts here:

Recent graduate Dr. Ingrid Watson-Miller nominated for teaching award

Dr. Ingrid Watson-Miller (who received her PhD this May) has been nominated by Claflin University for the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award.

Please see the following link to learn more about all that she has attained:

You can congratulate her at

Congratulations to Dr. Polina Vinogradova

Polina Vinogradova has successfully defended her dissertation titled "Digital Storytelling in ESL Instruction: Identity Negotiation through a Pedagogy of Multiliteracies."

Her co-advisors were Dr. Beverly Bickel and Dr. Jodi Crandall.

To congratulate Dr. Vinogradova, email her at

Dr. Christine Mallinson receives NSF grant to study STEM classrooms

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Mallinson who has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways in which language plays a role in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM classrooms. You can read the full story on the UMBC News Blog.

Christine Mallinson on the radio

Our very own faculty member, Dr. Christine Mallinson was interviewed for WAMU Radio's program on the dialect in Tangier Island. Here's a short description from their website:

Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect
June 27, 2011 - Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay is only a 90-minute ferry ride from the mainland of Virginia and Maryland, but the dialect of English spoken there transports tourists to a place that feels much more remote.

To listen to the report and Dr. Mallinson's interview, visit: