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McCone Building 231

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navineri@miis.edu

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831-647-6560

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Netta Avineri

Visiting Professor


I am passionate about civic engagement, in which students connect course curriculum with purposeful reflection and meaningful work in broader communities. I seek to facilitate students’ discovery of ways to use their knowledge and expertise in order to positively affect populations around them. I believe that civic engagement provides a forum for all voices to be heard, and I am committed to creating rich environments where this polyphony can take shape.

I enjoy providing opportunities for students to see the ways that linguistic, anthropological, and educational concepts have relevance to their daily lives. I believe it is critical for students to see the myriad connections between their class materials and the outside world. I also enjoying having students recognize how every classroom is a culture, with its own community norms, social hierarchies, and personal narratives. I aim to provide students with the tools to become both participants in and observers of these classroom cultures, and examine how language and discourse are central to the construction of these cultures. In so doing, they can appreciate the emergent nature of interaction during processes of socialization.

I see myself as a publicly engaged scholar, consistently finding ways to have my research, teaching, and  service mutually inform one another. I am excited about being a visiting professor at MIIS because of its international focus and outward thinking that encourages students to “be the solution”. This ethos of connecting theory to practice while maintaining a global outlook is very appealing to me. It will be stimulating to work in an academic environment that prides itself on creating next generation’s leaders, and I look forward to collaborating with others in this dynamic setting.

Recent Accomplishments

  • 2011-2012 UCLA Campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • UCLA Applied Linguistics Department’s 1st & 2nd Annual Public Conferences: 2011 “Language and Migration” (Chair) & 2010 “Linguistic Diversity in American Classrooms” (Co-Chair)
  • 2010 American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Previous Work 

I was born in Israel and grew up in a multilingual household in the United States with a Romanian father, an American mother of German parents, and many siblings. Having been socialized early on into an appreciation of diversity and complexity, I have explored academic pursuits at the intersection of multiple disciplines that are meaningful both personally and intellectually. I earned my BA in Anthropology and a French minor at UCLA, and completed an Honors thesis on Yiddish among a community of older adult women. During my Master’s program I wrote a thesis on socialization into argument as a moral reasoning practice in a religious school setting, in addition to earning my TESL certificate. I earned my PhD at UCLA in 2012. During that program, I engaged in a collaborative research project examining interactions among dementia patients and their caregivers and doctors. My dissertation, “Heritage Language Socialization Practices in Secular Yiddish Educational Contexts: The Creation of a Metalinguistic Community,” expanded my previous focus on institutional interaction to include practices in traditional learning environments and community-based educational settings, among university-age through older adult learners. I have presented these and other projects at nearly 40 national and international conferences.

After my Bachelor’s program I taught and tutored English, French, and Spanish in various contexts. Since 2005 I have taught in the UCLA Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, ESL/Writing Programs, History, and Sociology departments, in addition to Anthropology and Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach and Pierce College. In graduate school I was also heavily involved in the UCLA Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Students Association, and Test of Oral Proficiency Program. In 2012-2013 I also served as the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Postdoctoral Research Association, focused on service-learning and civic engagement.

I am a reviewer for the journals Ethos and Issues in Applied Linguistics, as well as Pearson Publishers. I plan to continue teaching and research that provide key perspectives on how language shapes and is shaped by broader social processes within communities. I look forward to collaborating with diverse colleagues, and encouraging students to engage in endeavors that are significant to them both personally and professionally.

Publications

Avineri, N. (under review). The Heritage Narratives of Yiddish Metalinguistic Community Members. In E. Falconi & K. Graber (Eds.), Tales We Tell: Storytelling and Narrative Practice. Oxford University Press.

Avineri, N. (2015, forthcoming). Introduction to N. Avineri & S. Avni (Eds.), Language Policy and the Reconceptualization of Religions as and in Institutions. [Special Issue]. Language Policy.

Avineri, N. (2014, forthcoming). Introduction to N. Avineri & P. V. Kroskrity (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Endangered Language “Communities”: Boundary-crossing and –creation. [Special Issue]. Language and Communication.

Avineri, N. (2014, forthcoming). Yiddish Endangerment as Interactional Reality and Discursive Strategy: Crossing into the Past and Crossing Out the Present. In N. Avineri & P. V. Kroskrity (Eds.),

Reconceptualizing Endangered Language “Communities”: Boundary-crossing and –creation. [Special Issue]. Language and Communication.

Avineri, N. (2014, forthcoming). Book Review of 21st Century Yiddishism. Religion and Variation [Special Issue]. International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Avineri, N. (2014, in press). Yiddish: A Jewish Language in the Diaspora. In T. Wiley, J. Kreeft-Peyton, D. Christian, S.K. Moore, & N. Liu (Eds.), Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Educational Practice, and Policy. Routledge Publishers. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415520676/

Anya, O., Avineri, N., Mason Carris, L., & Valencia, V. (2011). Language, Identities, and Accents:

Perspectives from the 2010 Linguistic Diversity Conference. Introduction to O. Anya, N. Avineri, L. Mason Carris, & V. Valencia (Eds.), Social Issues in Applied Linguistics: Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms and Beyond. [Special Issue]. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 18, 157-169. http://www.escholarship.org/uc/search?entity=appling_ial;volume=18;issue=2

Avineri, N., Hardacre, B., Londe, Z., Majidpour, M., Mason Carris, L., & So, Y., (2011). Language Assessment as a System: Best Practices, Stakeholders, Models, and Testimonials.  In O. Anya, N. Avineri, L. Mason Carris, & V. Valencia (Eds.), Social Issues in Applied Linguistics: Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms and Beyond. [Special Issue]. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 18, 251-265. http://www.escholarship.org/uc/search?entity=appling_ial;volume=18;issue=2

Avineri, N. (2010). The interactive organization of ‘insight’: Clinical interviews with frontotemporal dementia patients. In A. Mates, L. Mikesell, & M. Smith (Eds.), Language, interaction and frontotemporal dementia: Reverse engineering the social mind (pp. 115-138). London, UK: Equinox Publishers.
https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=380

Avineri, N. (2000). Contributor to The Complex Intersections of Leadership and Identity. C. L. Outcalt, S. K. Faris, & K. N. McMahon (Eds.), Developing Non-Hierarchical Leadership on Campus: Case Studies and Best Practices in Higher Education.

Education

PhD in Applied Linguistics, UCLA, June 2012

M.A. in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language, Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, UCLA, June 2007

B.A. in Anthropology (emphasis: linguistic anthropology), Minor in French, UCLA, June 2001

YIVO/NYU Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, June-July 2010

UCLA Summer Sessions in France, June-July 1999

Expertise

Applied Linguistics, Ethnography, Heritage & Endangered Languages, Institutional Discourse Analysis, Interviews, Language Socialization, Linguistic Anthropology, Narrative, Service-Learning, Sociology, Student & Teacher Identities, Teacher Education, Teaching Methodologies, Teaching Writing

Courses

Courses offered in the past four years.
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EDUC 8505 - Intro to Classroom Observation      

Develops skills in classroom observation and an understanding of observation as a fundamental professional development and research activity.

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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EDUC 8515 - WritingFor Applied Linguistics      

• This course is designed to help you with the types of writing you will be doing in your courses this semester and subsequent semesters. Class time will focus specifically on literature reviews (as part of research papers), position philosophy statements, and using sources (for example, to situate research results or to provide rationales for pedagogical choices). We will also focus on individual needs as determined by the writing you are doing.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS

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EDUC 8535 - SrvcLrng:Intl&DomstcCommPrtnrs      

How and why do we bring learning out of the traditional classroom context and into broader communities? In what ways does this process expand what counts as knowledge? What skills of intercultural communication are necessary to facilitate bridging these different cultures, and what abilities does one develop as a result? And how do issues of hierarchy, status, power, and identity play a role in diverse interactions among students and community partners?

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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EDUC 8620 - Practicum      

Provides students with an opportunity for supervised teaching experience in ESL or foreign language classes. Discusses classroom-centered research; reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities; professional development; materials development; and reflective teaching.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Summer 2014 - MIIS

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ICCO 9535 - SrvcLrng:Intl&DomstcCommPrtnrs      

How and why do we bring learning out of the traditional classroom context and into broader communities? In what ways does this process expand what counts as knowledge? What skills of intercultural communication are necessary to facilitate bridging these different cultures, and what abilities does one develop as a result? And how do issues of hierarchy, status, power, and identity play a role in diverse interactions among students and community partners?

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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LING 8500 - Language Analysis      

Serves as an introduction to linguistic analysis. Includes projects based on fieldwork in phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse, and pragmatics. Discusses importance of language awareness. Includes pedagogical strategies for consciousness-raising.

Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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LING 8510 - Intro to Sociolinguistics      

Introduces the interplay between language and society. Discusses regional and social dialects as well as the role of linguistic attitudes and language variation in language learning and teaching.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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LING 8630 - Second Language Acquisition      

Surveys, in seminar format, research in second-language learning relating to language teaching and learning. Discusses the role of affective variables, interaction, learner strategies, and learner factors in the language acquisition process. Prerequisite: Language Analysis

Spring 2014 - MIIS

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LING 8670 - Applied Linguistics Capstone      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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