World Languages and Cultures
Jennifer Himmel is interested in the ways that students learning in two languages mediate language and literacy acquisition through peer-peer interaction. Her recent research focuses on helping elementary teachers in immersion programs promote active discussion with expository text, and exploring core practices of novice ESOL teachers. She has extensive experience teaching in ESL and EFL settings, providing and directing teacher training, curriculumdevelopment in higher education, project management with local educational agencies and state educational agencies, and conducting IES-funded research related to the teaching of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Ms. Himmel holds a MA in TESOL from the University of Hawai’i, a BA in Linguistics from the University of Kansas, and is working on her dissertation at the University of Maryland.