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Johanna Tigert

Johanna Tigert
Johanna TigertAssistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Research Interests

Effective literacy instruction for English language learnersHeritage language speakers and educationSociolinguistic contexts for second language acquisitionPre-service teacher education in TESOL


  • Ph D: Language, Literature, and Social Inquiry, (2017), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
  • MA: Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, (2004), University of Notre Dame of Maryland - Baltimore, Maryland
  • BA: Russian Language and Culture, (2001), University of Eastern Finalnd - Joensuu, Finland
    Supporting Area: minors in Education and Finnish Language & Literature
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Tvorchestvo Anastasii Verbichkoj i analiz kharakterov glavnyh geroin' v ee rasskaze "Motyl’ki"[The works of Anastasia Verbichkaya and a character analysis of the main heroins in her short story “Motylki”]


Languages - English German Estonian Finnish Russian Swedish

Selected Publications

  • Tigert, J., Kidwell, T. (University of Maryland), Budde, C. (University of Maryland), Guzman, N. (University of Maryland), DeStefano, M. (University of Maryland), Peercy, M. (University of Maryland) (2018) "TESOL teacher candidate evaluation: A comparison of evidence from edTPA and a local performance-based assessment. ,"
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M.M. (University of Maryland) (2017) "Preparing to teach both content and language: Four ESOL teacher candidates' experiences," TESOL Journal e358
  • Tigert, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M.M., Silverman, R.D. (2017) "Using Digital Texts vs. Paper Texts to Read Together: Insights into Engagement and Mediation of Literacy Practices among Linguistically Diverse Students," International Journal of Educational Research 82: pp. 135 - 146

Selected Presentations

  • Agency in students’ negotiation of heritage language learner identities - NABE, 2018
  • Understanding of positionality and improved dispositions for teachers of emergent bilingual students - TESOL, 2018
  • Common language, common practice: Core practices as a guiding framework for novice teacher EL pedagogy - AERA, 2017
  • Multilingual chit-CHAT? How social and material factors foster classroom translanguaging interactions - AERA, 2017
  • Vanilla sauce and poetry: Culturally embedded literacy in a heritage language classroom - AERA, 2017
  • Heritage language teachers' language ideologies - International Conference on Language Teacher Education, 2017