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Alessandro Rosborough

Alessandro Rosborough


Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: 206 P MCKB

Phone: 801-422-1266


My family and I are immigrants from Roma, Italia, and I have enjoyed being raised in America. I enjoy working as a teacher educator focusing on teaching and research concerning second language teaching and learning, sociocultural theory, gesture and language, critical and transformative educational issues. I am pleased to promote the equitable access and support of minority language students.

Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning and Development; Dual Language Immersion teaching and content; Ecological/Eco-social learning and development;

Vygotskian Sociocultural Theory and Gesture; Applied Linguistics; Second Language teaching and learning; Gesture and second language learning; Embodied Learning; Ecosocial Second Language Learning

  • Experiential Learning Grant (Rejected) — 2020–2021
    • Sponsor: BYU - MSE
    • Research Assistantship & Travel ($11,800) for data gathering, research analyses and presentations
  • President's Innovation Fund Research-Practice Partnership (PIF-RPP — 2020
    • Sponsor: Brigham Young University
    • Applied - rejected
  • Visiting Scholar Grant — 2012–2013
    • Sponsor: McKay School of Education - BYU
    • Applied (2011) for visiting scholar grant to invite Steve McCafferty to visit. One visit will be in conjunction with the SCT & SLL Working Group conference.

Understanding Conceptual Metaphors in Dual Language Immersion Classrooms: A Longitudinal Perspective


Publisher: Pixel International

City: Florence, Italy

Country: Italy

Volume: 12


Journal: The Future of Education, 12th Ed.

Date: 2022

ISBN: 979-12-80225-51-1

Contingency and Multimodal Communication in the Learning Environment


Publisher: Equinox Publishing

City: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Country: United Kingdom

Volume: 9

Issue: 2


Journal: Language and Sociocultural Theory

Date: 2022

Contingent teaching: Vygotsky, second language learning, and the pedagogy of multimodal ensembles.

Publisher: Equinox

City: Sheffield

Country: United Kingdom

Journal: Language and Sociocultural Theory

Date: 2021

Teacher self-disclosure in adult ESL curriculum

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

City: Alexandria, VA

Country: USA

Journal: TESOL Journal

Date: 2021

Identifying Language Goals and Needs in Community-based ELLs: Findings from an Ethnography of Four Salvadoran Immigrants in the Western United States.

Publisher: Springer

City: New York, New York

Country: USA

Journal: Refugee education across the lifespan: Mapping experiences of language learning and use

Date: 2020

Understanding relations between gesture and chronotope: Embodiment and meaning-making in a second language classroom

Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)

City: United Kingdom

Country: United Kingdom

Journal: Mind, Culture, and Activity: An International Journal

Date: 2015

Embodied meaning-making and gesture

Publisher: De Gruyter Publishing

City: Trnava, Slovakia

Country: Slovakia

Journal: Journal of Pedagogy

Date: 2013

Gesture as a Private Form of Communication During Lessons In an English as a Second Language Designated Elementary Classroom: A Sociocultural Perspective

Publisher: TESOL/Wiley

City: Alexandria, Virginia

Country: USA

Journal: TESOL Journal

Date: 2013

Identifying Language Needs in Community-Based Adult ELLs: Findings from an Ethnography of Four Salvadoran Immigrants in the Western United States

Publisher: Springer

Editors: Warriner, D.S.

City: NY:NY

Country: USA

Volume: 50

Journal: Refugee Education across the Lifespan. Educational Linguistics

Institutional productivity and publishing trends in nine literacy journals: 1972-2012

Volume: 36

Issue: 7

Journal: Reading Psychology

Gesture and Chronotope: A meaning making experience in an elementary classroom

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Editors: Andy Blunden

Journal: Mind, Culture, and Activity: An international Journal

Teacher and Students' Use of Gesture as a Meaning-Making Affordance for Second Language Learners

Publisher: Information Age Publishing (IAP)

Editors: Bogum Yoon and Hoe Kyeung Kim

City: Charlotte, NC

Country: USA

Pages: 63-80

Journal: Teachers' Roles in Second Language Learning: Classroom Applications of Sociocultural Theory