Presentation at PSLLT in Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017
As a researcher in the field of instructed second language acquisition (SLA) and second language (L2) pedagogy, my research program primarily addresses questions of best practice in classroom language learning and teaching. Having learned four foreign languages through instructed SLA in the classroom, I have always been intrigued by the mechanisms that allow us to acquire an L2 and to find ways to facilitate or improve instructed SLA.
In addition to disseminating my research findings at international conferences (e.g. ACTFL Convention, MLA, ISB) as well as state-specific teaching workshops (e.g. PA AATG), my past research has appeared in leading refereed journals in my field (e.g. Foreign Language Annals), as well as in teacher-oriented outlets (e.g. Pennsylvania Language Forum). I have deliberately diversified my publication outlets so that my research findings not only reach other academics but also instructors who can directly benefit from the materials I create for my research.
My dissertation research addresses the gap between research and practice in instructed SLA and is in line with my goal to facilitate instructed SLA for both learners and instructors. Despite its crucial role in effective communication, pronunciation training is frequently neglected in the foreign language classroom for reasons including the lack of classroom time or lack of instructor preparedness to teach pronunciation. My dissertation addresses these concerns by investigating an innovative way of teaching pronunciation. I designed a homework-based, computer-delivered method of pronunciation instruction that does not require teacher feedback or in-class time and thus allows for pronunciation training to be included in any L2 curriculum. In applying this method called innovative Cued Pronunciation Readings (iCPRs; see also Tanner & Landon, 2009), students receive pronunciation training in the form of Microsoft PowerPoint units, which makes the method free and easily accessible on most home or library computers.
You can download a full abstract of my dissertation here.
If you are interested in learning more about the method of iCPRs, refer to Martin (2017).
Martin, I.A. (2017). Teaching pronunciation through homework assignments: The method of iCPRs. In M. O’Brien & J. Levis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference. ISSN 2389-9566, Calgary, AB August 2016 (pp. 216-223). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.
Martin, I.A. (2015). An easy way of teaching pronunciation in elementary level foreign language classes: the method of iCPRs. Pennsylvania Language Forum, 85(1), p. 40-45.
Published Translation: Woll, H. (2016). Comments on Ivan Illich’s Thesis on Arnold Joseph Toynbee (I.A. Martin, Trans.). The International Journal of Illich Studies, 5(1), 57-68.
2017 -- “Experiencing best practices in the technology-infused German classroom”. With Carol Hollen and Eddy Enriquez Arana. ACTFL Annual Convention & World Languages Expo. Nashville, TN.
2017 -- “Teaching L2 pronunciation by employing the method of iCPRs: results on perception and production performance”. 9th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2017 -- “Improving novice learners’ perception skills as part of pronunciation training in German L2 classrooms”. Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 23. University of Texas, Austin, TX.
2017 -- “Aussprachetraining mit Technologie” [Pronunciation Instruction with Technology]. Central PA American Association of Teachers of German Spring Workshop. Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.
2017 -- “Improving novice learners’ second language pronunciation: the method of iCPR.” Modern Language Association 2017 Convention. Philadelphia, PA.
2016 -- “Improving novice learners’ L2 pronunciation in distance and face-to-face learning environments.” Poster Presentation; & “Teaching pronunciation through homework assignments: The method of iCPRs.” Teaching Tip. 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
2015 -- “Auditory Input Enhancement facilitates the long-term retention of L2 grammatical structures.” Second Language Research Forum. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.
2015 -- “L2 pronunciation training boosts the acquisition of L2 grammar among classroom learners.” With Carrie Jackson. Poster Presentation. The 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
2014 -- "Teaching German Pronunciation." With Richard Page. Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association Annual Fall Conference 2014. State College, PA.
2014 -- "What the German Word Game Räubersprache Teaches Us About Syllabification in German." Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference 20. Purdue University, Lafayette, IN.
2014 -- "The Impact of Language in School on Identity Among the Old Order Amish in Pennsylvania." With Lauren J. Brooks. Northeast Modern Language Association 45th Annual Convention. Susquehanna University, Harrisburg, PA.