Hello, online community!

My name is Katie Gandy, and I am in my fourth semester of graduate work within the Department of French at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN.  Up to this point, the focus of my studies has been literature (especially French, but also English); but recently my interest has turned more towards Second Language Acquisition.  I enjoy researching questions of the relationship between first and second languages within a language learner’s mind, of effective classroom practice of theory, and of the best ways to bring authentic texts into the foreign language classroom.  My teaching experience ranges from teaching French to inner-city elementary students in an after-school program to teaching English as a Second Language to adults in a community college.  Through this Digital Humanities course, I hope to acquire a deeper understanding of digital tools that can help me not only in my research but also in my teaching.