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Dr. Mazzotta received an M.A. in Linguistics from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University. Before joining Emory’s faculty in 2019, she directed the Japanese program at Georgia State University; she taught all levels of Japanese language courses, trained Graduate Teaching Assistants, and developed exchange and study abroad programs in Japan.
Her research focuses on instructed second language acquisition, couched within the framework of Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory. Recent publications center on the role of affect in second language learning, corrective feedback on second language Japanese writing, and the dialectical nature of cognition and emotion in second language learning. Her selected publication and academic presentations include The role of learner affect in L2 Japanese writing tutorials (in L2 writing beyond English, Multilingual Matters, 2019, with David Chiesa), Social-emotional outcomes of corrective feedback as mediation on second language Japanese writing (Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 2018, with Diane Belcher), Motivation for learning LOTEs: A case study of undergraduate L2 Japanese learners in the United States (AAAL, 2019), Japanese as a foreign language learners’ response to Vygotskyan dialogic CF in L2 writing (AAAL, 2016), and Effects of proficiency level on linguistic gains and self-perception of language learning during study abroad (SLRF, 2013).
Dr. Mazzotta’s passion for language teaching stems from her transformative experiences with language learning (English and Italian), and living abroad. She enjoys teaching Japanese language courses and mentoring students.