Episode 1.2: Life in the Hamburger Grinder

This week, the GradLings sit down with Sara Finney, a PhD candidate here at UA finishing up her dissertation on the use of role-play in language acquisition. Her incredibly interesting work focuses on implementing real-life situations - specifically, interactions along the Mexican-US border - to encourage her students to develop characters and use their character design to navigate their presentation in the target language. This curriculum design extends into the wider implications of modern world power and political dynamics in the classroom environment. During this episode, the GradLings also discover a few things about ourselves that, well, we will probably spend many nights discussing over a pint of ice cream...or six.