Caroline Payant received her MA from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico in 2006 and her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University. One of her areas of interest includes cognitive and sociocultural aspects of language acquisition involving two target languages: French and English. This line of research analyzes interaction through collaborative tasks in classroom-based and experimental settings. Her other areas of interest are teacher training and reflective practices. Her overarching goal is to bridge findings from these two areas to help better prepare current and future second and foreign language teachers.
Prior to joining the University of Idaho faculty in 2012, Caroline taught courses in the Applied Linguistic program, as well as ESL classes in the Intensive English Program, at Georgia State University. She has also taught French, Spanish, and English language courses to children and adult learners in Mexico, the US, and Canada. At the University of Idaho, Caroline teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the TESL program.