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Caroline Payant

Caroline Payant

Director of TESL

Brink Hall
Mailing Address
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Caroline Payant
  • Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, Georgia State University, 2012 Dissertation Title: Learner-learner interaction: An exploration of the mediating functions of multilingual learners' language in L3 development
  • M.A. in Applied Linguistics, Cum Laude, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico, 2006 Thesis Title: Exploring the lexical organization in the bilingual mental lexicon
  • B.A. in Theoretical Linguistics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2003
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Caroline Payant received her master's from the Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico in 2006 and her doctorate 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 U.S. and Canada. At the University of Idaho, Caroline teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the TESL program.

  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Sociocultural approaches to language development
  • Task-based language teaching
  • Teacher education and reflective teaching practices

Refereed Journal Articles & Book Chapters

  • Payant, C. & Kim, Y. (under consideration). Task modality impacts on collaborative dialogues and L3 development. In M. Sato & S. Ballinger (Eds.). Peer interaction and second language learning: Pedagogical potential and research agenda. John Benjamins
  • Kim, Y. & Payant, C. (forthcoming). Impacts of task complexity on the development of L2 oral performance over time. International Review of Applied Linguistics, 53(2).
  • Payant, C. (forthcoming). Plurilingual learners’ beliefs and practices toward native and nonnative language mediation during learner-learner interaction. The Canadian Modern Language Review.
  • Kim, Y.& Payant, C. (2014). Task complexity, task repetition, and second language learning opportunities. In M. Baralt, M. Gilabert & P. Robinson. (Eds.).Task sequencing and instructed second language learning. Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Payant, C. & Barrón Serrano, F. J. (2013). Assessing English in Mexico. In A. Kunnan (Ed.) The companion to language assessment. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Payant, C. & Murphy, J. (2012). Cooperating teachers’ roles and responsibilities in an MATESOL practicum. TESL Canada Journal, 29 (2).

Book Reviews

  • Payant, C. (2014). [Review of the book Second Language Learning Theories, by Rosamond Mitchell, Florence Myles, & Emma Marsden]. Linguist List, 2014.
  • Payant, C. (2013). [Review of the book Teaching Practice: A Reflective Approach, by Richards, J. C. & Farrell, T. S. C.]. ELT Journal, 67 (3).
  • Payant, C. (2013). [Review of the book The Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism, edited by Martin-Jones, M. Blackledge, A. & Creese, A.]. Linguist List, March 2013.
  • Payant, C. (2012). [Review of the book Teaching and learning second language listening: Metacognition in action, by Vandergrift, L.  & Goh, C.C.M.]. TESL Canada Journal, Winter 2012.
  • Payant, C. (2012). [Review of the book Speaking and instructed foreign language acquisition, edited by Pawlak, M., Waniek-Klimczak, E., and Majer, J.]. Linguist List, September 2012.
  • Payant, C. & Lee, J. J. (2010). [Review of the book Reflective language teaching: From research to practice, by Farrell, T. S. C.]. TESL Canada Journal, 27(2).

  • SEED Grant, University of Idaho, 2014-2015 ($12,000)
  • Key Fund Grand, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of Idaho, 2013-2014 ($1,900)
  • 2012 TESOL Professional Development Scholarship Award, 2011 ($300)
  • Language Learning Dissertation Grand Award, 2011 ($2,000)
  • Southeast TESOL Regional Conference travel grant, Georgia TESOL Award, 2010 ($2,000)

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: (208) 885-6156

Fax: (208) 885-5944


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