Jana Thomas Coffman

Jana  Thomas Coffman

PhD


Biography

Jana Thomas Coffman completed her Bachelor of Science in Spanish Education with a minor in Religious Studies from Missouri State University in 2006. As an undergraduate at Missouri State, she was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and a Summa Cum Laude honors graduate. In 2008, she received her Master of Science in Secondary Education, emphasis Spanish, from the same institution, and completed an additional Graduate Certificate in TESOL and Linguistics in 2010. She has taught high school Spanish and English, college Spanish and TESOL, and English as a Foreign Language at the secondary and university levels in Angouleme, France. Since 2006, she has presented at many regional, national, and international conferences, including Paris, France; Athens, Greece; and most recently, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where she received the conference award for Best Presentation. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include historical linguistics of Romance languages, simultaneous childhood bilingual acquisition, and L3 acquisition. She has lived in Ecuador, Mexico, and France, and in her free time enjoys traveling, learning new languages, reading, singing and dancing, and spending time with her husband and toddler.

Research Interests

Historical linguistics, childhood bilingualism, SLA, romance languages, comparative romance linguistics, multilingualism, third language acquisition

Degrees

Spanish, BSEd, Missouri State University

Spanish, MSEd, Missouri State University

TESOL/Linguistics, GC, Missouri State University

Spanish Linguistics, French minor, PhD – in progress (University of Alabama)

Presentations

“Codeswitching Among Languages and Dialects in Popular Latin Music” 2016

“A Historical Analysis of the F<H Sound Change from Latin to Spanish” 2015

“Using Twitter and Social Media to Enhance Learning” 2013

“Using Twitter and Social Media to Enhance Learning” 2013          *Award for Best Presentation

“Implementing a Language Curriculum for Multilingual Language Learners” 2012

“School Choice: A Transatlantic Comparison” 2012

“A Survey of School Choice at Home and Abroad” 2012

“Implementing a Language Curriculum for Multilingual Language Learners”     2012

“An American Perspective on Teaching English Abroad in Europe”  2010

“An American Perspective on Teaching English Abroad in Europe” 2010

“Teaching American Culture Abroad” 2010

“Non-Native Use of Articles for Spanish and English Learners” 2010

“Opportunities to Teach English in Europe” 2009

“Frequencies of Academic Dishonesty from Elementary to Post-Graduate Students” 2008

“Union Involvement for a Beginning Teacher” 2007

“Frequencies of Academic Dishonesty from Elementary to Post-Graduate Students: A Work In Progress” 2007

Courses/Teaching Interests

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL: SP 103, SP 202, SP 102-online

The Capitol School, Tuscaloosa, AL: Spanish I, II, III

Harrisonville High School, Harrisonville, MO: Spanish I, II

Drury University, Monett, MO: Spanish 101, Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Missouri State University, Springfield, MO: ESL Listening/Speaking II, Reading III, Listening VI

Lycée de l’Image et du Son, Angouleme, France: English as a Foreign Language

Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres, Angouleme, France: English as a Foreign Language

Republic High School, Republic, MO: Spanish I, II, English II

Other

Professional Development and Leadership:

La Ultima Letra, Tuscaloosa, AL, ,2015-2016, Vice President

MCL Graduate-Faculty Liaison, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2015-2016

Student Government Association, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2015-2016, MCL Representative