Sara R Finney
Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: Spanish Applied Linguistics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
- M.A. : Spanish Applied Linguistics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
- B.S.: Computer Information Systems & International Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
- Second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy and applied linguistics, content-based instruction, experiential learning, intercultural empathy, learner agency, and role-immersion pedagogy
- SPAN 1003: Intermediate Spanish
Research & Professional Activities
- Latinoamérica through the lens of social justice: A literacies perspective: Paper accepted for presentation at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2019
- Creating an Immersive Language Learning Experience through Role-Immersion Pedagogy: Presented at the Center on Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) , 2019
- Biopiracy in Colombia: Using social justice to foster global responsibility: Paper presented at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2018
- RTTP in the Language and Culture Curriculum: Paper presented at Eighteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnyard College , 2018
- Cultural immersion in the intermediate classroom: Closing the language-content gap: Paper presented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) National Conference , 2017
- Embodied global simulations: An instructional model for a post-modern era: Paper presented at the University of Alabama Language (UALC) Conference , 2017
- Adapting to a globalized landscape: Preparing educators, preparing learners: Paper presented at the Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education , 2017
- Deep learning through role-immersion: A complexity theory perspective: Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) National Conference , 2016
- Igniting learner imagination with cultural characters: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) Conference , 2016
- Discovering and uncovering: Using strategic cultural games to promote learner engagement: Paper presented at the Alabama World Languages (AWLA) Conference , 2016
- Bringing culture to life: Role-immersion games in the Spanish classroom: Paper presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2015
- How do I win?: Creating autonomous learning environments using role-immersion pedagogy: Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) , 2015
- The effects of globalization on the teaching and learning of English: Paper presented at the Fourth International Congress of English Teachers , 2015
- Game-based pedagogy: Re-conceptualizing foreign language learning: Paper presented at the University of Alabama Language Conference (UALC) , 2015
- Teacher factors affecting students’ attitudes toward the Spanish-language classroom: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) , 2014
- The impact of curricular materials on learner agency: An ecological perspective on role-immersion pedagogy: Finney, Sara, Springer, New Perspectives on Material Mediation in Language Learner Pedagogy, forthcoming 2021.
- Social justice in the Spanish classroom: Exploring biopiracy in Latin America through the voices of the marginalized: Finney, Sara, Claire Mitchell, Information Age Publishing, How We Take Action: Social Justice in K-16 Language Classrooms, forthcoming 2020.
- Fostering Intellectual Investment and Foreign Language Learning through Role-Immersion Pedagogy: Finney, Sara, L2 Journal, 11 1-17, 2019. Link
- Developing intercultural empathy through a strategy-based simulation in intermediate Spanish: Finney, Sara, Isabelle Drewelow, The Language Learning Journal, 1-14, 2018. Link
- PACE Project Grant Recipient, Language Center, University of Minnesota , 2019
- Outstanding Dissertation Award, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama, 2019
- Outstanding Teaching by a Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama , 2016