Research Agenda

My research agenda is informed by my experiences as a language learner and instructor, as well as current trends in second language learning and pedagogy. Main research focus is telecollaboration, with interests in identity, investment and intercultural communicative competence.

My current research projects focus mainly on proposing and completing my dissertation. My dissertation, tentatively titled: “Investment, identity and telecollaboration in the German classroom,” will focus on a series of case studies on students’ developing investment and identity during a 7-week telecollaborative exchange with students at a German partner university. At this point I am preparing my dissertation proposal, which I will defend on June 2, 2017. My main data collection is complete, with follow-up interviews taking place in the fall. I have completed pilot case studies of students from a previous phase of this project.


Upcoming Presentations and Workshops

  • Lesoski, C. & Goertler, S. (June 2017) Developing intercultural communicative competence through telecollaboration: creating opportunities for all learners. Poster to be presented at Addressing inequalities, mobility and dislocation: Insights from international and domestic research and practice, East Lansing, MI.
  • Lesoski, C. & Gacs, A. (October, 2017). Moving It Online, Keeping It Interactive: Tools and Strategies for Adapting Your Language Class. 3.5 hour workshop at Michigan World Language Association conference, Lansing, MI.
  • Lesoski, C. (October 2017) “Motherhood and Femininity: Political Battlegrounds in Anke Feuchtenberger’s Works.” Paper to be presented at Midwest Popular Cultural Association Conference / American Culture Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Lesoski, C. (September, 2017) Telecollaboration, Investment and Identity in the German Classroom. Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.


Select Recent Conference Presentations

Goertler, S., Brunsmeier, S., Lesoski, C., & Schenker, T. (May 2017). Assessing telecollaboration. Paper presented at CALICO Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.

Goertler, S., Brunsmeier, S., & Lesoski, C. (May 2017). Did we learn the lessons? Telecollaboration 2.0. Paper presented at CALICO Conference, Flagstaff, AZ.

Gohlke, J. & Lesoski, C. (April 2017). A feminist revolution out of the GDR: Anke Feuchtenberger. Poster and lightning-talk present at Drawing Lives, Writing Worlds: A Graphic Narratives Symposium, East Lansing, MI.

Lesoski, C. (May 2016). Are you ready, yet? A reassessment of students’ technology usage and computer literacy. Paper presented at CALICO, East Lansing, MI.

Brunsmeier, S., Goertler, S. & Lesoski, C. (May 2016). Same but different: Developing both intercultural communicative competence and content knowledge through telecollaboration. Paper presented at CALICO, East Lansing, MI.

Lesoski, C. & Gacs, A. (March 2016). Connection established: Lessons learned from offering first-year German online. Paper presented at Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Ohio Foreign Language Association, Columbus, OH.