UMass Boston

Avary Carhill Poza

Applied Linguistics
Grad Prog Dir/Assoc Professor

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Second Language Development, ESL/Bilingual Education, Classroom Interaction, Immigrant Youth, Mixed Methods Research Design


PhD, New York University

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Research Interests

Dr. Carhill Poza’s research examines the ways social resources and social contexts shape the language learning experiences and outcomes of emergent bilingual youth in urban schools. She connects policies and practices at the school, district, state, and national level to opportunities for immigrant adolescents who are learning English to develop supportive relationships and engage their multilingual repertoires in learning academic English and academic content. Her current projects are based in Boston-area public schools and Beijing, China.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Carhill Poza’s teaching interests focus on multidisciplinary perspectives on second language development and education policies and practices for multilingual students. Her graduate courses are designed to foster critical inquiry about the role of sociocultural factors in language use and language learning, as well as reflexivity in teaching practice.

Classes Taught

APLING 605 Theories and Principles of Language Teaching

APLING 618 Teaching English as a Second Language: Methods and Approaches

APLING 633 Discourse Analysis

APLING 665 Immigration & Education

APLING 684 Global & Digital Pedagogy for Linguistically Diverse Students

APLING 698 Practicum

APLING 700 Issues in Applied Linguistics

Social Media & Web