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Felicity Sarnoff

Felicity Sarnoff
Undergraduate Student: World Language Education and Linguistics, minoring in French
Felicity Sarnoff


My name is Felicity Sarnoff, and my pronouns are they/them. I am currently a freshman at Penn State double majoring in World Language Education and Linguistics with a French minor. In my free time I like to paint, cook, and, of course, study foreign languages. I have adored languages for most of my life, so researching second language acquisition is a natural continuation of this passion.

Project Summary:

As a PIRE fellow for the summer of 2021, I will be conducting my research virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, not only will research be conducted virtually, but it will specifically investigate second language learning in a virtual synchronous context such as Zoom. I will be observing virtual interactions both in English and in German between students at Penn State learning German, and students at the Technische Universität Braunschweig learning English. I will specifically look at the influence of factors such as engagement, anxiety, and language proficiency on the frequency, duration, and type of participation that participants show.