As part of my research in the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (EOSA) at ECU I have assisted in the creation of a learning community that analyzes dual-immersion/bilingual education programs. This is part of my mission as a faculty member of ECU who aims to embrace the growing needs of the Hispanic population in our region and deepen relationships between students, schools, and community partners. I am collaborating with Dr. Marjorie Ringler, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, along with faculty in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

As part of this research, EOSA funded a visit from Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Professor of Child & Adolescent Development from San Jose State University, May 28-30, 2014. We were thrilled to receive one of the leading authorities in the field of child bilingual education and dual-language programs.

Dr. Kathryn Lindholm-Leary is currently Professor Emerita of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University. She has worked with two-way immersion and other foreign language and bilingual programs for the past 30 years and during that time has evaluated over 40 programs and helped to establish programs in over 60 school districts in 15 states. Dr. Lindholm-Leary regularly consults with various state and local departments of education. She has authored or co-authored four books and numerous chapters and journal articles on the topics of dual language education and child bilingualism. She has presented her findings at over 175 local, state, national and international conferences.

See her three day schedule here:

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Really enjoyed meeting new colleagues at the 81st SECOL meeting hosted by Coastal Carolina University!

(I) Co-presented with Mario Becerra, an undergraduate student who has been working in the SoCIOLing Lab. He did a phenomenal job! Our talk “Reconstructing the Past with the Future: An Analysis of Aspect and Language Contact in an Emerging Hispanic Community in Eastern North Carolina” is part of an ongoing project with Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig and student researcher Briceida Rodríguez which analyses Spanish in rural NC (Pitt County).

(II) Received excellent feedback on my talk “Cross-linguistic, learner, and individual differences in the expression of progressive aspect”.

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Just returned from an exceptional GURT 2014 conference and weekend in D.C. with colleagues and researchers interested in Usage-Based approaches to language and language learning.

I received great feedback on both ongoing research projects:

Fafulas, Stephen. “Multifunctionality and Layering in First and Second Language Grammars: Acquisition and Use of Simple Present and Present Progressive forms in Spanish & English.” Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, D.C. March 16.

Killam, Jason and Stephen Fafulas. “An Exploration of the Acquisition of Complex Syntax in L2 Spanish.” Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT). Washington, D.C. March 14.

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I am director of the East Carolina University SoCIOLing Lab which is interested in the study of diverse language communities, especially the growing Hispanic population in the region.

Great experience at this year’s SLINKI conference and good feedback on my presentation: “Dialect variation and progressive constructions in Spanish”.

Very proud to see two of our undergraduate students, both members of the SoCIOLing Lab, present data from our ongoing research project on the emerging Spanish in eastern NC. Way to go Mario and Briceida!!


On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.

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January 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

I recently graduated from the ECU Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy and have been funded for my project entitled, “Bridging the Gap: Bilingual Education and Community Engagement.”

EOSA graduation with my mentor Kirk St. Amant

EOSA graduation with my mentor Kirk St. Amant