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Shannon Becker

Research Interests

My primary research area is second language acquisition (SLA). More specifically, I am interested in how second language learners develop listening comprehension proficiency, especially the cognitive processes by which this skill becomes automatic. I am also interested in the application of complexity (complex systems/dynamical systems) theory to the developing language system and how this perspective changes the methodological tools we use in SLA. I use both classroom- and laboratory-based experiments in my research in order to improve our theoretical understanding of how languages are learned and to offer practical suggestions for pedagogy.

Representative Publications

  • Becker, S. R. (in preparation). Metacognition, automaticity, and listening in L2 French.
  • Becker, S. R. (in preparation). French for reading and translation. Book proposal to be submitted to Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Becker, S. R. (in preparation). Improving L1 English speakers’ perception of L2 French nasal vowels through high variability training: The case of /ɑ̃ - ɔ̃/.
  • Becker, S. R. (in preparation). Going digital: textbooks tailored to the modern student.
  • Becker, S. R. (in preparation). Classroom and listening anxiety in L2 French: A pilot study.
  • Becker, S.R. (submitted; in revision). Perception and production of unfamiliar L2 segments: using technology for teaching and research. Proceedings of the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference 2016. Iowa State University Press.
  • Becker, S.R., and Sturm, J.L. (CALICO, forthcoming). Effects of audiovisual media on listening comprehension: A preliminary study in French.
  • Becker, S.R., and Sturm, J.L. Using metacognitive strategies to induce a phase shift: A complex systems approach to L2 listening instruction. Tyler, A., Ortega, L., Uno, M., & Park, H. I. (Eds.). (forthcoming). Usage-inspired L2 instruction: Researched pedagogy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Shannon Becker
Assistant Professor
Office: WH 314
P: 815-753-6462


Ph.D., Purdue University, French and Second Language Acquisition
M.A., Purdue University, French and Applied Linguistics
M.F.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professional French and Media/Arts/Cultural Production
B.A., Western Michigan University, French