Veronica Sardegna

Veronica Sardegna

Assistant Professor


Foreign Language Education

Email
sardegna@mail.utexas.edu

Office & Hours

Office: SZB 528B
Monday: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
or by appointment

Phone
512-232-4100

Fax
(512) 471-8460

Web
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Courses of Instruction
EDC 382S - Methods Teaching Foreign/Second Languages
EDC 390 T16 - ESL: Oral
EDC 385G - Teaching Culture
EDC 385G -Technology for Second/Foreign Language Learning and Teaching
ALD 325 - Second Language Acquisition

Mailing Address
Foreign Language Education
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway Stop
Austin, Texas 78712-1293
UT Mail Code: D6500

Profile

Veronica Gabriela Sardegna is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her research focuses on learner autonomy, learning strategies, and second/foreign language learning and teaching. She is particularly interested in evaluating the effectiveness of using language learning strategies as well as instructional technology tools for autonomous language learning and teaching in the areas of English pronunciation, business writing, oral communication, and culture learning. She also conducts research evaluating the effectiveness of teaching interventions for developing language skills and intercultural sensitivity. She is author of The Practiced Business Writer: An ESL/EFL Handbook (Briefings Media Group) and Chair-Elect (2013-2014) for TESOL Speaking, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section (SPLIS). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with specializations in online teaching, and second language acquisition and teacher education. She teaches courses in English pronunciation teaching, language teaching methodology, technology for language learning and teaching, teaching culture, research methods, and second language acquisition.

Education

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, May 2009.

Representative Publications

BOOKS:

Sardegna, V. G., & Slutsky, J. (2009). The practiced business writer: An ESL/EFL handbook. Richmond, VA: Briefings Media Group, LLC. [242 pgs. and accompanying CD-ROM]

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

Song, J., & Sardegna, V. G. (in press). EFL learners' incidental acquisition of English prepositions through enhancd extensive reading instruction. RELC Journal.

Sardegna, V. G., & Dugartsyrenova, V. (2014). Pre-service foreign language teachers' perspectives on language learning with technology. Foreign Language Annals. doi: 10.1111/flan.12078

Sardegna, V. G., & McGregor, A. (2013). Scaffolding students' self-regulated efforts for effective pronunciation practice. In J. Levis & LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 4th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Aug. 2012. (pp. 182-193). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Sardegna, V. G. (2012). Learner differences in strategy use, self-efficacy beliefs, and pronunciation improvement. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 39-53), Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Sardegna, V. G. (2011). Pronunciation learning strategies that improve ESL learners’ linking. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 2nd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2010. (pp. 105-121), Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Sardegna, V. G., & Molle, D. (2010). Videoconferencing with strangers: Teaching Japanese EFL students verbal backchannel signals and reactive expressions. Intercultural Pragmatics, 7(2). 279-310.

 

Recent Awards

  • Summer Research Assignment (SRA) Grant, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013: "Motivations and Attitudes towards Pronunciation Practice and Srategy Use"
  • Winner Award, International Book Award, Business/Writing Publishing, 2011.
  • DEIL Mary A. Hussey Award for Excellence in ESL Teaching, Department of English as an International Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2005-2006.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Fellowship for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2004.

Current Research Projects and Grants

Motivations and Attitudes towards Pronunciation Practice, and Strategy Use. Principal Investigator. The University of Texas at Austin.

An Inquiry into the Perceived and Actualized Efficacy of Individualized Pronunciation Instruction. Principal Investigator. The University of Texas at Austin.

Online Collaboration and Professional Development: An Inquiry into the Trajectories of Foreign Language Educators. Principal Investigator. The University of Texas at Austin.

Enhanced Self-Assessment for Pronunciation Improvement. Principal Investigator. The University of Texas at Austin.

Research Interests and Expertise

• Second language acquisition and teacher education
• Foreign and second language teaching and learning
• Language learning strategies instruction and learner autonomy
• Online instruction
• Pronunciation teaching
• Academic and business writing
• Teaching culture and intercultural learning

Relevant Research Topics

• Efficacy of learner-centered methodologies in second/foreign language education.
• Effects and outcomes of learning strategies and technology use in relation to learner autonomy.
• Development, use, and measurement of language learning strategies for improving students' English pronunciation and (business) writing.
• Methodological applications of new instructional technology tools.
• Long-term effects of instructing students on the use of learning strategies for improving their English pronunciation.
• Technology and the measurement of learner autonomy.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Chair-Elect, TESOL Speaking, Pronunciation, and Listening Interest Section (SPLIS), 2013-2014.
  • Board Member, Tex-TESOL III, Delegate-at-Large, Higher Education, 2011-2013.
  • Editorial Board, Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education (TPFLE), 2011-present.
  • Member, FLE Ad-Hoc Scholarship Committee, Program in Foreign Language Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012-present.
  • Member, C&I Standing Committee on Programs and Courses, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-2013.
  • Member, FLE Admissions Committee, Program in Foreign Language Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011-present.
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee (GSC), Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-present.
  • Member, Graduate Studies Committee (GSC), Program in Foreign Language Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-present.
  • Member, American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL).
  • Member, Tex-TESOL III.
  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA).