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Literacy, Language & Technology Research Group (LLTR)

The Literacy, Language & Technology Research Group (LLTR) is a community of faculty, staff and graduate students working together on a closely related set of grant-funded projects.  

The Research Group conducts a wide range of externally funded grant projects centered on the acquisition of literacy, digital literacy and second languages among adults, especially members of economically vulnerable and socially excluded populations.

Work ranges over basic, applied and action research in diverse educational, workplace and community settings, often involving the development or use of state-of-the-art educational technologies and content.

LLTR is comprised of faculty, staff and graduate students from the Department of Applied Linguistics and other departments at Portland State University as well as collaborating colleagues in other institutions.


Major Projects


Head Of Research Group

Jill Castek, Research Assistant Professor

Principal Investigators & Co-Principal Investigators

Jill Castek, Research Assistant Professor
Stephen Reder, Professor, Applied Linguistics
Nike Arnold, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics
Kathryn Harris, Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics
John Hellermann, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics  
Steve Thorne, World Languages and Literatures    

Affiliated Faculty

Joel Bettridge, Assistant Professor, English
Ruth Chapin, Senior Instructor, Intensive English Language Program
Robert Fountain, Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Amanda Franzoni, Intensive English Language Program
Gloria Jacobs, Research Associate
Anne Knepler, University Studies
Kimberly Pendell, Assistant Professor, Millar Library
Lynn Santelmann, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics


Michael Crandall, University of Washington
David Rosen, Newsome Associates
Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Loyola University
Julia Tabbut, Minnesota Literacy Council
Christina Toth, University of Michigan
Jenifer Vanek, Minnesota Literacy Council
Heide Spruck Wrigley, Literacywork International
Yong Zhao, University of Oregon


Drew Pizzolato, Digital Literacy Project Coordinator
Andrea Janda, Content Manager
Glen Sasek, Learner Web Technology Director


Graduate Students

Katherine Winter
Elizabeth Withers
Laura Hill