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.

To learn more about adult digital literacy acquisition projects, go to:

To learn more about Learner Web (learning support system developed by LLTR), go to:


Project Archive

The Literacy, Language and Technology Research group maintains a project archive where data, research findings, presentations and publications are cataloged. These materials are freely available to interested researchers and practitioners.

Major Projects


Nike Arnold, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics
Jill Castek, Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies, University of Arizona
Kathy Harris, Director of LLTR & Learner Web, Applied Linguistics
John Hellermann, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics  
Gloria Jacobs, Research Associate, LLTR
Kimberly Pendell, Assistant Professor, Millar Library
Stephen Reder, Emeritus Professor, Applied Linguistics
Julie Reeder, Senior Research Analyst, Oregon WIC Program
Lynn Santelmann, Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics
Steve Thorne, World Languages and Literatures
Jenifer Vanek, Minnesota Literacy Council, The EdTech Center at World Education


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


Clay Cranford, Learner Web Support

Glen Sasek, Director of Technology

Graduate Students

Naila Bairamova


Crystal Dixson

Jono Vincent