Brianna Janssen Sánchez | LCIS | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Brianna Janssen Sánchez

Assistant Professor, School of Education and School of Languages & Linguistics

Brianna Janssen Sánchez

Office: Faner 3029
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Dr. Brianna Janssen Sánchez is an Assistant Professor World Language Education in the School of Education and the School of Languages & Linguistics at Southern Illinois University. She received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition with a specialization in language program direction from the University of Iowa in 2015 where, upon receiving her doctoral degree, she was the director of the Language Media Center for five years and taught graduate and professional development courses in instructional technology for language teaching and learning, assessment and research. Dr. Janssen Sánchez is an alumna of SIU (B.A. Foreign Languages (Spanish) and International Trade in 2007, M.A. Foreign Languages & Literatures (Spanish) in 2009). She specializes in world language teaching methodology, instructional technology in world language teaching and K-16 teacher education and professional development. Her doctoral dissertation, “The social dynamics of interaction in telecollaborative tandem exchanges” highlights her interest in intercultural and bilingual interactions as well as meaningful language use mediated by technology (asynchronous and synchronous computer mediated interactions) as a sight for cultural and social learning through language.

As Assistant Professor of World Language Teacher Education and Program coordinator for the licensure program in German and Spanish K-12 education, she teaches courses in methods of teaching world languages, bilingual education methods and materials, and literacies for culturally and linguistically diverse students as well as courses in applied linguistics. As the coordinator of world language teacher education at SIU she mentors all pre-service teaching candidates in Spanish and German and collaborates on the state approved curriculum for the world language teaching degree program and ESL and bilingual endorsement coursework. Her research focuses on issues related to pre-service and in-service teacher education and teacher professional development, teachers’ implementations of literacies-based pedagogies, the role of advocacy and community engagement in world language teaching, and action research in the world language classroom.