As an applied linguist, Dr. Kristin Rock studies the ways in which explicit instruction and clearly communicated rubrics can help learners to succeed in acquiring additional languages and language varieties.
Through the untangling of traditional and emerging digital genres, she expands students’ access to their chosen professional communities. An Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Rock values academic mentorship, and she brings more than 15 years of professional teaching experience to Georgetown University. In addition to a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Rock holds a master’s degree in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. She also maintains a professional teaching license with the State of Colorado in elementary education, K-12 Spanish, and linguistically diverse education, and she is a first-generation college student. Rock served as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State in Amman, Jordan, and she received a Fulbright student award to support her doctoral research at the University of Murcia, Spain. Her research expertise spans second language (L2) assessment, L2 writing, task-based language teaching, and statistics for linguistics research. Her most recent publication is: Rock, K. (2022). Constructing a data-based analytic rubric for an academic blog post. Assessing Writing, 51. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.asw.2021.100602.
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