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Dr. McGregor is an Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University.
Dr. McGregor coordinates the German Basic Language program and trains graduate teaching assistants in German. She teaches German language and linguistics courses at all levels, as well as graduate courses in the M.A. in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL) programs.
Dr. McGregor's research interests include foreign language learning/use, identity, and study abroad. She is working on qualitative projects that investigate the role of emotion and desire in language learning and study abroad. In particular, she is interested in how learners construct their beliefs and desires, and how these inform the taking up of new and varied subject positions. Dr. McGregor also investigates conversational events in study abroad settings and the discursive and social functions that metalinguistic L2 learner talk serves in these interactions. A better understanding of metalinguistic talk-in-interaction may help us to understand the navigation of different subjectivities and histories crucial to the development of intercultural competence.
Dr. McGregor's pedagogical interests in second language learning include fostering the development of translingual and transcultural competence in the classroom and abroad, and the teaching of culture, compassion, subjectivity, and tolerance in beginning language classes.
In her spare time, Dr. McGregor enjoys jogging, singing, playing violin, and cooking.