Promoted to Associate Professor
School of Languages and Cultures
Jessica Sturm received her Ph.D. in French with a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. That year, she joined the Purdue faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of French; in 2009 she became a tenure-track Assistant Professor of French and Applied Linguistics. She is a participating faculty member in the Linguistics program and Coordinator of the French Language Program (FR 101-202). Her research is situated in the context of classroom foreign language (L2) learning, particularly L2 orthography and pronunciation. Pedagogically, she is interested in incorporating technology, particularly film and video, in the language classroom. She teaches graduate courses in SLA theory as well as pedagogical courses focusing on using film in the L2 classroom, teaching L2 pronunciation, and cultural themes in L2 teaching. For undergraduates, she teaches advanced-intermediate language as well as an advanced course in French Phonetics and Pronunciation.
Professor Sturm has published articles in The French Review, Foreign Language Annals, System, Writing Systems Research, and Language Awareness, among others. She has presented her work at national conferences and at international conferences in Canada, France, and the UK. She served as technical editor for the Wiley-Blackwell (2013) publication French Grammar for Dummies. Her current research explores the role of instruction on learners’ acquisition of L2 pronunciation, focusing on advanced-intermediate and advanced students; her next major project will incorporate pronunciation lessons into beginning and intermediate French classes.
Professor Sturm is past president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and past board member of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association. In 2014 she was honored by her undergraduate university, Western Michigan University, with an Alumni Achievement Award for the Department of World Languages and Literatures.