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All About The Center for Bilingual Teaching and Learning

What is CBTL?

The Center for Bilingual Teaching and Learning (CBTL) centralizes research and resources for bilingual pedagogy and language development in one location at Gallaudet University. We provide a mixture of skills including ASL linguistics, humanities and STEM education and video editing to help faculty create materials and improve their pedagogical abilities.

The Center is supervised by the Office of the Provost of Academic Affairs, currently Dr. Carol Erting.

Where is CBTL?

Keep calm and follow Amber to our office in MLCC, Suite 2103!

Why is CBTL?

The Center was established in order to help the University better carry out its mission by providing support to the faculty who are the front lines in bringing that ideal to fruiton.

"The purpose of CBTL is to coordinate activities in support of the University's bilingual mission, create resources to support excellence in bilingual teaching and learning, and provide strategic planning."


Who is CBTL?

CBTL Staff and Faculty

The core CBTL team.

Dr. Kristin Mulrooney, the Center Director, is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics department at Gallaudet and one of the authors of "The Linguistics of American Sign Language." Her research has focused on the structure of personal narratives in ASL, the role of metaphor in ASL discourse structure and the comparison of ASL narrative structure and the impact that the use of technology in the classroom has on student learning. 

Lisa Sentelle, our Digital Media Specialist, is a Deaf entrepreneur and filmmaker with a fascination for how we can integrate ASL and technology. 

Debi Duren, our ASL specialist and consultant, is also a teaching member of the ASL Department on staff and has taught around the country. 

Joseph Santini is our Graduate Assistant and a Doctoral student in Education. Joseph is a certified K-12 instructor; his research centers on the use of narrative inquiry to evaluate University programs.

Amber Marchut, Graduate Assistant, is also a Doctoral candidate in the Education department. Her research interests focus on the persistence of Deaf students in University education, particularly STEM. 

Contact CBTL For general enquiries, feel free to contact cbtl@gallaudet.edu.

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