Rue Burch received his Ph.D. in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʿi at Mānoa, focusing on Japanese and English as Second or Foreign Languages. While at the University of Hawaiʿi, he taught Japanese, ESL, and second language pedagogy courses, including courses on teaching listening and speaking, and a course on communicative and interactional competence. He also designed and moderated beginning level Conversation Analysis workshops for students and faculty who were interested in learning the field.
His research interests involve language learning and use “in the wild”, taking a conversation-analytic approach to SLA topics such as motivation and communication strategies, the roles that gestures, physical orientations and materials in the environment play in interaction, and reconsidering the notion of planning in task-based language learning as an interactional process.
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