Cindy Lovell, Ph.D., adjunct professor of English at Quincy University, in collaboration with Jane Govoni, Ph.D., co-authored the textbook, Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application.

In Linguistics for K-12 Classroom Application, readers will develop a practical understanding of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics to support the language needs of English learners (ELs) in the K-12 mainstream classroom. Knowledge of these five areas enables teachers to create effective lessons for students from diverse cultural backgrounds and varying English proficiency levels.

“Jane and I both teach applied linguistics at the University of South Florida, so we have often collaborated on planning and instruction to make this challenging content more accessible for pre-service teachers,” Lovell said. “The concepts can be abstract, which makes it difficult for students to learn how to apply them with K-12 students. We finally decided to write a textbook that would contextualize linguistics within classroom settings. Using classroom scenarios, readers can visualize how teachers put these concepts into action.”

The book is published by Kendall Hunt Publishing. Since 1994, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company has been a stand-alone company and the only part of the original William C. Brown Publishing Company to remain under the ownership of the Brown family. With more than 10,000 titles in print, the publisher serves both the higher education and PreK-12 markets and offers traditional and non-traditional publishing solutions in both markets.

Lovell received her master’s in Education from Stetson University and her doctorate in education at the University of Iowa, specializing in ESOL and Gifted Education. She held tenured faculty positions at Volusia County Schools, Stetson University and Quincy University. She is the Director of Education at Epic Flight Academy in New Smyrna Beach, Florida where she works with international flight students. In addition, she teaches Applied Linguistics and Foundations of TESOL at the University of South Florida and provides consultation for the Florida Department of Education for teacher certification.

Govoni received her master’s in Spanish from Boston College and her doctorate in second language acquisition from the University of South Florida. Her background includes teaching Spanish at middle/high school and college levels, and English as a Second Language (ESOL) for Educator Preparation Programs. She is currently the ESOL Coordinator in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.  She held a tenured faculty position at Saint Leo University and has written several books related to teaching English learners in the mainstream classroom.

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