Richard Donato

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Richard Donato

Richard Donato

University of Pittsburgh
5314 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-7248
Email: donato@pitt.edu

Faculty - Department Chairperson

Professor Richard Donato is the Chair of the Department of Instruction and Learning. His research interests include early foreign language learning, language program assessment, sociocultural theory and second language acquisition, the discourse of classroom collaboration, and foreign language teacher education. He teaches courses on current research on foreign and second language learning, Vygotsky and sociocultural theory, and sociocultural approaches to language instruction. He received the Modern Language Journal/ American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Paul Pimsleur award for his published research in 1997 on early language learning and in 2006 on the connection of language learning to literature instruction in university foreign language classes. He has received the Northeast Conference Freeman Award (2004) and the French Institute of Washington Award (2003) for his work on dialogic grammar instruction in foreign language classes. In 2016, he was also the recipient of the Provost’s award for research mentoring at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Recent Publications

  • Donato, R. & Davin, K. (in press). The Genesis of classroom discursive practices as history-in-person processes, Language Teaching Research. Advance online publication. doi : 10.1177/1362168817702672.
  • Glisan, E. & Donato, R. (Nov. 2016). Enacting the work of language teaching: High leverage teaching practices. Alexandria, VA: ACTFL.
  • Donato, R. (2017). Foreign language teacher development: What's does identity have to do with it? In G. Barkhuizen (Ed.), Reflections on language teacher identity research (pp. 24-30). New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.