I teach the Language Minority Education course and Introduction to Education. I am also completing my doctoral work in the Educational Linguistics program at the University of Pennsylvania. My primary research interests are: secondary education for immigrant students and English learners in the US, second language literacies, language ideologies, and language diversity in schools. I conducted my dissertation fieldwork in a local high school ESL program (see below for more detail).
My experiences with English language learning include my work as an English teacher at Nueva Esperanza Charter High School in North Philadelphia prior to graduate school, and more recent work as a member of a research team at the University of Pennsylvania (under Dr. Stanton Wortham) conducting exploratory research on the reception and integration of a newly- arrived Mexican immigrant community in suburban PA.
I have also taught English to children and adults in Rome, Italy (2003- 2004), had a Fels Fund internship with Research for Action focused on immigrant student enrollments in the School District of Philadelphia (Summer 2008), and co-taught the TESOL Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania (2007- 2010) and in Taiwan and Korea (July 2009).
More on my dissertation:
Using ethnographic methods, I explore the diversity of language minority student experience at the high school level. In particular, my dissertation documents the experiences of latecomer students and their teachers. Latecomers are "newcomers" or language minority students who enter the US school system for the first time as teenagers, but who also matriculate late in the school year, thus missing out on language and content instruction covered before they arrived. In documenting the strategies that students and their teachers use to cope with the challenges of late entry, I hope develop a repertoire of instructional strategies and policies that facilitate latecomers' acquisition of English language and literacy as well as their integration into the social and academic life of the secondary school.
Allard, E. (Manuscript in preparation). Latecomers in the New Latino Diaspora. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Allard, E., Mortimer, K., Gallo, S., Link, H., & Wortham, S. (2012). Divergent Views of Language and Identity in the New Latino Diaspora. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Gallo, S., Link, H., Allard, E., Wortham, S. & Mortimer, K. (2012). Heterogeneous Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Allard, E. (2011) [Review of the book Handbook of Latinos and Education: Theory, Research, and Practice]. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 42(3), 177-307.
Wortham, S., Allard, E., Lee, K., & Mortimer, K. (2011). Racialization in payday mugging narratives. 2011. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 21, E56-E75.
Wortham, S., Mortimer, K., Lee, K., Allard, E. and White, K. (2011). Interviews as interactional data. Language in Society, 40, 39-50.
Wortham, S., Mortimer, K. & Allard, E. (2011). Homies in the New Latino diaspora. Language and Communication. 31, 191-202.
Mortimer, K., Wortham, S., & Allard, E. (2010). Helping immigrants identify as "university-bound students": unexpected difficulties in teaching the hidden curriculum. Revista de Educación, 353, 107-128.
Wortham, S., Mortimer, K. & Allard, E. (2009). Mexicans as Model Minorities in the New Latino Diaspora. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 40(4), 88-405.
Allard, E. & Mortimer, K. (2008). Telling and retelling the story: positioning Mexican immigrant students as English language learners in community and school. Working Papers in Educational Linguistics, 23(2), 25-47.
Allard, E. & Dillon R (2008, Sep). Alphabet Soup: A Glossary of Terms about English Language Learners. Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Allard, E. (2008, Sep). ELLs Have Limited High School Choices. Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Allard, E. (2008, Sep). Fewer English Language Learners - or More than Meet the Eye? Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
Allard, E. (2008). [Review of the book NABE Review of Research and Practice, Volume 3]. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 11(1), 121-125.
Allard, E. (2007). [Review of the book Bilingualism and Language Pedagogy]. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 10 (2), 198-201.
Selected Conference Papers/ Presentations
Shifting Perspectives in a New Latino Diaspora Community: Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language. (American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 2011) (Sarah Gallo, Holly Link, Elaine Allard, Stanton Wortham & Katherine Mortimer).
Communicating with Non-English-Speaking Parents: Lessons from the New Latino Diaspora. (TESOL Convention, New Orleans, March, 2011) (Joseph Leaf, Elaine Allard, Sarah Gallo & Stanton Wortham).
Hope for the Young, but Not for the Adolescent: Divergent Ideologies of Language Use In New Latino Diaspora Elementary and Secondary Schools. (American Anthropological Association, Montreal, November, 2011). (Stanton Wortham, Elaine Allard, Holly Link, Sarah Gallo, Katherine Mortimer).
High School Reform in Process: How school choice, academic expectations, and immigrant/ ELL status affect the high school experience in Philadelphia. (University of Pennsylvania. Ethnography in Education Forum, February, 2009). (Eva Gold, Holly Maluk, Cecily Mitchell, Shani Evans, Elaine Allard).
Philadelphia's High-ELL High Schools. (University of Pennsylvania Urban Studies Colloquium, April, 2009) (Elaine Allard)
Hillbilly Spanish and Tarzan English: Ideologies of Mexican immigrant language and identity in the Latino Diaspora. (American Educational Research Association, New York, March, 2008). (Elaine Allard, Katherine Mortimer & Stanton Wortham).
Models of high school student identity for Mexican immigrants in classroom discourse. (American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November, 2007). (Katherine Mortimer, Elaine Allard & Stanton Wortham).
Telling and retelling the story: Positioning Mexican immigrant students as English language learners in community and school. (American Association of Applied Linguistics, Montreal, Canada, June, 2006). (Elaine Allard & Katherine Mortimer).
Channeling Chatting: Using Students' First Language as a Resource in ESL and Content Classrooms. (Penn TESOL East, Newtown, PA, October, 2006.) (Elaine Allard).
Chronicles of change: Models of Mexican immigrant identity in suburban community narratives. (American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April, 2006). (Stanton Wortham, Elaine Allard & Katherine Mortimer).