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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.


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.

  • LLTR Research Archive

    Major Projects


    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


    Andrea Janda, Content Manager
    Glen Sasek, Learner Web Technology Director


    Graduate Students

    Katherine Winter
    Elizabeth Withers
    Laura Hill