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Dr. Zentz’s professional work focuses on language use, language users’ identity/-ies, and language policies in local contexts around the world in the contemporary era of “globalization.” Her research interests also include the social aspects of language learning that influence language users’ motivations and proficiencies in their non-native languages.
Stemming from these fields of inquiry, her doctoral project, entitled Global Language Identities and Ideologies in an Indonesian University Context, explores identity and motivation among undergraduate English majors in Central Java, Indonesia, emphasizing the impacts of global language policy trends and state language policies specifically on Indonesia’s public education system.
- Ph.D., University of Arizona, Language, Reading, and Culture
- M.A., University of Ottawa, Sociolinguistics
- B.A., University of Florida, Health Sciences, French, Linguistics
- Language policy
- Language education
- Global English
- Language ideologies
- Language and identity
- Communicative competence