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. My main research focus is telecollaboration, with interests in identity, capital, and intercultural communicative competence.

My current research projects focus mainly on proposing and completing my dissertation. My dissertation, tentatively titled: “Changes in identity and capital during telecollaboration in the German classroom,” focuses on a series of case studies on students’ developing identities and increasing capital during a 7-week telecollaboration project with students at a German partner university. I have successfully defended my dissertation proposal and my main data collection is complete. My analysis follow-up interviews are taking place. I have completed pilot case studies of students from a previous phase of this project.


Upcoming Workshop

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.


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.