Carla Ghanem

Asst Professor, German
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Carla Ghanem received her doctorate in Aaplied linguistics and German from University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She teaches courses Intercultural Communication, Multiculturalism, Linguistics and German. Additionally, Ghanem coordinates lower-division and third-year German courses and supervises German instructors. She is also very active in teacher training in SILC and is on the executive board of the Arizona Language Association. In her scholarship, Ghanem studies teacher identities and development, intercultural communication, foreign language pedagogy, and second language acquisition of German and English. She is currently working on second language acquisition and teacher training, including the online format. Much of her scholarship addresses the issues and problems associated with learning and teaching a foreign language in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. Ghanem loves to talk to students about any topic within German, intercultural communication, multiculturalism or identity. Feel free to stop by and have a conversation with her!

Education

  • Ph.D, Germanic Studies  Area of specialization: Applied Linguistics, University of Texas-Austin 2010. Dissertaion: "Exploring Identities among Graduate Instructors of German: Instructors' Beliefs about Teaching Language and Culture."
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics, Texas Tech University 2005
  • M.A. German Studies; minor: Womens and Gender Studies, Texas Tech University 2004
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate, Appalachian State University 2001
  • Erstes Staatsexamen (equivalent to M.A. and M.S.) American Studies (Linguistics) and Mathematics, P�dagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, Germany 2002. Thesis: Aspects of Second Language Acquisition (English) in Germany and the USA.
  • Zwischenpr�fung (equivalent to B.A.) American Studies and Mathematics, P�dagogische Hochscule Karlsruhe (Germany) 2000

Research Interests

Dr. Carla Ghanem has pursued a sustained interest in Applied Linguistics, especially intercultural communication, second language acquisition, teaching with technology, teacher identities, sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and language and culture. Her research interest in Applied Linguistics has led her to accomplish original work in different areas, such as language and culture, intercultural communication, instructors teaching practices and identities, and students beliefs and intercultural competence through study abroad.

Her ongoing research agenda focuses on these issues. She enjoys working with graduate instructors/student teachers on developing a better understanding of what it means to teach culture and language. In addition, she has developed this research further by looking at the role of technology in the classroom and by trying to develop better textbooks that approach language and culture as one entity through the use of technology. Investigating native speaker (NS) versus non-native speaker (NNS) instructors and identity issues in learning a different language and culture both on the teachers as well as on the students sides is included in this inquiry. In relation to this topic, she is interested in examining language development among multilingual learners. Many learners and teachers are already multicompetent and multilingual and research should attend more to the issues these speakers are experiencing.

Dr. Ghanem has presented at many national and international conferences and continues to do.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Ghanem, C. (2015) “Teaching in the Foreign Language Classroom: How Being a Native or Non-native Speaker of German Influences Culture Teaching.” Language Teaching Research, 19, 1-18. (published online before print July 10, 2014).

Ghanem, C. (2014) “Intercultural Communicative Competence: Have TAs Heard of Such a Thing?” In B. Dupuy & L. Waugh (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, 3, 78-93.

Renaud, C., Ghanem, C., Pruitt, K., & Gonzalez Lopez, V. (2014). “Introduction.” In Renaud, C., Ghanem, C., Pruitt, K., & Gonzalez Lopez, V. (Eds.), Proceedings of the fortieth Western Conference on Linguistics 2013, 22, 5-9. Fresno, CA. (25%)

Ghanem, C. (2017). “Teaching Intercultural Communicative Competence: The Perspective of Foreign Language Graduate Student Instructors.“ International Journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (IJSOTL).)

Edited Volumes

Renaud, C., Ghanem, C., Pruitt, K., & Gonzalez Lopez, V. (Eds.). (2014). Proceedings of the fortieth Western Conference on Linguistics 2013, 22, 1-253, Fresno, CA. (25%) http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/linguistics/documents/WECOL 2013 VOLUME 22.pdf

Textbook Chapters

The textbook was developed at the University of Texas Austin.  The project is funded by the Liberal Arts Instruction Technology Services at the University of Texas at Austin and was supported by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education. It is part of the open access initiative. Ghanem participated throughout the progress and contributed to all chapters, but specifically wrote two on her own.

“Chapter 8: Das Traumleben, Beziehungen, Wohnen und die Karriere”  (Dream life, relationships, living, and career) in Abrams, Z. I., et al. (2008). Deutsch im Blick. Language Learning Resource. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://coerll.utexas.edu/dib/toc.php?k=08

“Chapter 7: Gesundheit & Fitness” (Health and fitness) in Abrams, Z. I., et al. (2008). Deutsch im Blick. Language Learning Resource. Retrieved 20 October 2014, from http://coerll.utexas.edu/dib/toc.php?k=7. Co-authored with Sarah Schuchard.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GER 312 Readings in German Culture
GER 455 Multiculturalism Through Film
SLC 455 Multiculturalism Through Film
GER 499 Individualized Instruction
SLC 598 Special Topics
GER 598 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics
SLC 394 Special Topics
GER 394 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GER 494 Special Topics
GER 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics
SLC 494 Special Topics
GER 494 Special Topics
SLC 598 Special Topics
GER 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics
GER 494 Special Topics
GER 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GER 201 Intermediate German
GER 494 Special Topics
SLC 494 Special Topics
GER 499 Individualized Instruction
SLC 598 Special Topics
GER 598 Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
GER 494 Special Topics
SLC 494 Special Topics
GER 499 Individualized Instruction
JPN 591 Seminar
SLC 591 Seminar
GER 591 Seminar
FRE 591 Seminar
SLC 598 Special Topics
GER 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
SLC 201 Introduction to Linguistics
GER 493 Honors Thesis
GER 494 Special Topics
GER 521 History of German Language
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
SPA 591 Seminar
SLC 591 Seminar
JPN 591 Seminar
GER 591 Seminar
FRE 591 Seminar

Presentations

Dr. Carla Ghanem has taught a variety of courses and has developed and designed many new courses for ASU. Among others, she teaches "Intercultural Communicative Competence", "Mutliculturalism through Film", "Introduction to Linguistics", "Outreach: German Pedagogy", "Beauties or Witches: Women in German Film", and a variety of German language courses. She has taught in all formats - face-to-face, hybrid, and online.

Additionally, Dr. Ghanem has worked on curriculum and coordination. She redesigned the lower-division courses from 2010-2016 and worked on teacher training and professional development.

Honors/Awards

Awarded:

2017  Outstanding Service to the Profession. Arizona Language Association.

2015   Arizonas 2015 Teacher of the Year. Arizona Language Association.

2014   Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher at Post-Secondary Level. Arizona Language Association.

Nominations:

2017   Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Arizona State University.

2017   Distinguished Teaching Award in Honor of Zebulon Pearce. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.

2015   Teacher of the Year of the Southwest Region. Southwest Conference on Language Teaching.

2015   Distinguished Teaching Award in Honor of Zebulon Pearce. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.

2014    ASU Faculty Womens Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. Arizona State University. 

2013    Centennial Professor Award. Associated Students of Arizona State University.

2013    Distinguished Teaching Award in Honor of Zebulon Pearce. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.

 

Editorships

Renaud, C., Ghanem, C., Pruitt, K., & Gonzalez Lopez, V. (Eds.). (2014). Proceedings of the fortieth Western Conference on Linguistics 2013, 22, 1-253, Fresno, CA. (25%) http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/linguistics/documents/WECOL 2013 VOLUME 22.pdf

Professional Associations

<p>American Association of Teachers of German</p> <p>American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators</p> <p>American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages</p> <p>Arizona Language Association</p>

Service

Service to the Profession

 

Article Reviews

            2017-present    Article Reviewer for Die Unterrichtspraxis

2017-present    Article Reviewer for Language Awareness

2015-present    Article Reviewer for Language Teaching

            2014-present    Article Reviewer for International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

2014-present    Article Reviewer for Intercultural Horizons.   

 

Abstract Reviews

2014                Abstract Reviewer for Arizona Linguistics Symposium.

2013                Abstract Reviewer for the Western Conference on Linguistics/Arizona Linguistics Symposium.  

 

Professional Organizations

2015-present    Member, Executive Board, Arizona Language Association.

2015-present    Committee chair for American Association of Teachers of German’s (AATG) Alle Lernen Deutsch (ALD) (Everyone learns German).

2014-present    Committee Member for American Association of Teachers of German’s (AATG) Tomorrow’s German Teachers: A Recruitment Project.

2014-2015       Committee Member for American Association of Teachers of German’s (AATG) Alle Lernen Deutsch (ALD) (Everyone learns German).

2011-2015       Member, Extended Board. Arizona Language Association.

2011-2016       Committee Chair for Student Marshalls and Evaluation. Arizona Language Association.

2012-2014       Organizer and Acting President for American Association of Teachers of German Meeting at Arizona Language Association Conference.

2011-2012       Committee Chair for Student Marshalls for Southwest Conference on Language Teaching.

 

Publishers

            2011                Textbook Reviewer for Anders Gedacht, 3rd Edition, Cengage-Heinle.

 

Service to the University

 

University

2016-present    Articulation Task Force, Arizona State University.

2015-present    Study Abroad Equivalency Evaluator, Arizona State University.

2014-present    Committee Member for the Interdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics, ASU.

2015                Organizing DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Event across disciplines.

2015                Organizing DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Info session for all students.

2014- 2016      Organizing Committee for Arizona Linguistics Symposium.

2013-present    Arizona Course Equivalency Tracking System (ACETS) Evaluator, Arizona State University.

2013                Member, Steering Committee, Western Conference on Linguistics/Arizona Linguistics Symposium.

2013                Committee Chair Hospitality, Western Conference on Linguistics/Arizona Linguistics Symposium.

2013                Member, Program Committee, Western Conference on Linguistics/Arizona Linguistics Symposium.

2011-present    Language Proficiency Evaluator. Study Abroad Office, Arizona State University.

2010-present    Language Evaluator. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

 

Academic Unit/s

2010-present    German Teaching Assistant/Instructor Supervisor.

2010-present    German Language Program Coordinator.

2010-present    Placement of Students in German (101-300 level).

2010-2016       Committee member of German program committee

2010-present    Committee member of German graduate program committee

2013-present    Organizer of German mini-lessons for SILC language fair

2013-present    Organizer of German mini-lessons for SILC Night of the Open Door

2013-2016       Committee member of pedagogy advisory committee.

2013-2016       Committee member of sub-committee of pedagogy advisory committee: Review committee of one-year lecturers and instructors (evaluations)

2013-2016       Committee member of sub-committee of pedagogy advisory committee: Online learning and teaching committee, Arizona State University.

2014-2016       Committee member of Training Online Instructors in the School of International Letters & Cultures

2014-present    Member of the Linguistics Faculty, SILC, Arizona State University

2016-present    Committee member of sub-committee of pedagogy advisory committee: Teaching workshops

2016                Committee Chair, German Instructor search, SILC, ASU

2016                Committee Member, German Instructor search, SILC, ASU

2015                Committee Member, German Instructor search, SILC, ASU

2014                Committee member of the 25th anniversary Fall of the Wall event series sponsored by the German Embassy, SILC, and SHPRS.

2013-2014       TA orientation organizer for the School of International Letters & Cultures, Arizona State University.

2013-2015       Chair, Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students Networking.

2012-2014       Organizer, Linguistics Talk Series.

2012-2014       Member, BA Degree for ILC with Linguistics emphasis.

2012-2014       Organizer. German Film Series.

2012-2014       Advisor, ASU German Club.

2012-2013       Member, Assistant Professor of Arabic Search Committee, SILC.

2012-2013       Chair, Language Fair Mini-lessons Committee.

2012-2013       Chair, German Table, German Mini-lessons, and German Contests.

2011-2014       Member, German Undergraduate Major and Minor Curriculum Review and Revisions.

2011-2013       Member, Organizing Committee for the Language Fair.

2011-2013       Member, Organizing Committee for Night of the Open Door.

2011-2013       Organizer, Information Sessions for Internships in Association with International Cooperative Education.

2010-2014       TA orientation trainer for German, Arizona State University.

            2010-2014       Committee Member of the Linguistics Committee in SILC, Arizona State University

 

Community

2012                TSC (Tempe Sister City Cooperation) Tempe, AZ Recruiting Volunteers for Oktoberfest.

2010, 2011      AC4GC (Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures) Phoenix, AZ Volunteer at Oktoberfest.

 

Work History

<p>Academic / Administrative Appointments</p> <p class="rteindent2"><strong>August 2012  present&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Assistant Professor and Honors Faculty</strong>, Applied Linguistics and German Studies, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University</p> <p class="rteindent2"><strong>August 2010  present&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Language Program Coordinator and TA Supervisor</strong>, German Program, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University</p> <p class="rteindent4"><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; August 2010  May 2012&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Senior Lecturer, Applied Linguistics and German Studies, School</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University</p> <p><strong>May 2005  December 2005 Assistant Director</strong>, Language Learning Laboratory, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University (full-time)</p> <p><strong>May 2004  May 2005</strong> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Assistant Director</strong>, Language Learning Laboratory, Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Texas Tech University (part-time)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>