Rebekah McClure

LINGUIST List Student Editor

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I got interested in linguistics when I first volunteered for Project Read, an organization that reaches out to illiterate adults in the Utah Valley, where I tutored English language learners in skills that ranged from basic vocabulary to the finer intricacies of grammar. This experience shifted my interests from English literature to linguistics, causing me to wonder how a person learns a language and what the most effective way to teach someone that language is. While it was too late in my undergraduate career to switch majors, I tacked on two minors to facilitate exploration of the English language and ended up graduating Brigham Young University in English literature with editing and TESOL minors.

Since I'm still relatively new to the field of linguistics, I have much to discover about its possibilities and am unsure about what my specialization will be. Due to my TESOL background, I'm currently interested in language acquisition and in using corpora to develop more effective teaching materials for English language learners.

When I'm not attempting to solve linguistic quandaries, I'm eating squash, teaching yoga, rock climbing with my husband, or reading about second-wave feminism.