Concordia University

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Sara Kennedy, PhD

Associate Professor, Education
Chair, Education

Office: S-FG 5134 
Faubourg Ste-Catherine Building,
1610 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2026
Email: sara.kennedy@concordia.ca

Educaton

PhD, Second Language Education, McGill University
MA, Applied Linguistics, Concordia University
BPHE, Physical Education, Queen’s University
BA (minor) Philosophy, Queens’ University

Professional experience

Associate professor, Department of Education, Concordia University, 2013-present
Assistant professor, Department of Education, Concordia University, 2009-2013
Part-time faculty, Faculty of Education, McGill University, 2004-2009
Instructor, Département de linguistique et de didactique des langues, 2008
Instructor, École des langues, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2006
Part-time faculty, TESL Centre, Concordia University, 1999-2003



Courses taught

Applied Language Studies (APLI 604)
Language Assessment (APLI 635)
Language Awareness (APLI 636)
Phonology for Teachers (TESL 221)
Language Acquisition (TESL 341)
Testing, Evaluation, and Course Design (TESL 415)
Teaching Practicum (TESL 433)
Communication – Special Topics (ESL290)
English Language – Intermediate I (ESL207)
English Language – Intermediate II (ESL208)


Selected publications


Kennedy, S. (2017). Using stimulated recall to explore the use of communication strategies in English lingua franca interactions. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 6(1), pp. 1-27. doi:10.1515/jelf-2017-0004

Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2017). Pronunciation acquisition. In S. Loewen & M. Sato (Eds.) Routledge handbook of instructed second language acquisition (260-279). New York: Routledge.


Kennedy, S., Blanchet, J. & Guénette, D. (2016). Teacher-raters' assessment of French lingua franca pronunciation. In T. Isaacs & P. Trofimovich (Eds.) Second language pronunciation assessment: Interdisciplinary perspectives (210-236). London: Multilingual Matters.


Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2016). Research timeline: Second language communication strategies. Language Teaching, 49(4), 494-512. doi:10.1017/S026144481600015X


Trofimovich, P., Isaacs, T., Kennedy, S.,Saito, K., & Crowther, D. (2016). Flawed self-assessment: Investigating self- and other-perception of second language speech. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19, 122-140.

Kennedy, S., Guénette, D., Murphy, J.,& Allard, S. (2015). Le rôle de la prononciation dans les problèmes decompréhension entre locuteurs de français lingua franca. Canadian Modern Language Review, 71, 1-25.


Trofimovich, P. & Kennedy, S. (2015). Interactive alignment between bilingual interlocutors: Evidence from two information-exchange tasks. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 19, 122-140.

Trofimovich, P., Kennedy, S., & Foote, J. (2015). Variables affecting L2 pronunciation development. In J. Levis & M. Reed (Eds.) Handbook of English pronunciation (350-370). London: Wiley Blackwell.

White, J. & Kennedy, S. (Eds.) (2014) Language awareness: Language awareness for our multicultural world[Special issue]. Language Awareness, 23(1-2).

Kennedy, S. & Blanchet, J. (2014). Language awareness and connected speech perception. Language Awareness, 23, 92-106.  


Kennedy, S., Blanchet, J., & Trofimovich, P. (2014). Learner pronunciation, awareness and instruction in French as a second language. Foreign Language Annals, 47, 79-96.

Kennedy, S. (2012a). When non-native speakers misunderstand each other: Identifying important aspects of pronunciation. Contact, 38(2), pp. 49-62.

Kennedy, S. (2012b) Exploring the relationship between language awareness and second language use. TESOL Quarterly, 46(2), 398-408.

Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2010). Language awareness and second language pronunciation: A classroom study. Language Awareness, 19(3), 1-15.

Kennedy, S. & Trofimovich, P. (2008). Intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness of L2 speech: The role of listener experience and semantic context. Canadian Modern Language Review, 64, 459-490.


Conference presentations

Selected presentations



Trofimovich, P. , Kennedy, S., & Blanchet, J. (2015, August). Phonetics instruction in L2 French : Contributions of segments, prosody, and fluency to speech ratings. Paper presentedat the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference (PTLC), London, England.


Kennedy, S.  & Buss,L.* (2015, March). Understanding L2speech : Links between word-level and discourse-level understanding. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (ACLA), Toronto, Ontario.


Buss, L.* & Kennedy, S. (2014). Longitudinal discourse structure changes in L2 graduate student presentations. Paper presented at roundtable at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Portland, OR.

*Buss, L. & Kennedy, S. (2013). Pronunciation teaching in Brazil: A descriptive study of teaching internship reports. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (ACLA/CAAL), Victoria, British Columbia.

Kennedy, S., Blanchet, J. & Trofimovich, P. (2013). L2 learner’s speech after French phonetics teaching. Paper presented at the Phonetics Teaching and Learning Conference, London, England.

Kennedy, S. & *Buss, L. (2013). Longitudinal L2 pronunciation development at university: NN students in their first and third years. Paper presented at the International Symposium on the Acquisition of Second Language Speech, Montreal, Quebec.

Blanchet, J., Kennedy, S., & Trofimovich, P. (2012). Language awareness and the development of listening ability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), Montreal, Quebec.

Guenette, D., Kennedy, S., *Murphy, J., & *Allard, S. *(2012). Les interactions entre locuteurs non-natifs du français: Conscience et perceptions des difficultés. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), Montreal, Quebec.

Kennedy, S. (2012). All together now: Assessing pronunciation and communication in interaction. Invited panelist at Roundtable on Pronunciation Assessment at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kennedy, S. (2012). "Here I expected him to explain, but he didn't": Successful and unsuccessful interactions between English Lingua Franca (ELF) speakers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Boston, MA.

Kennedy, S., *Liu, R., & *Lee, M. (2012). Building successful communication between speakers of English as a lingua franca. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL), Waterloo, Ontario.

Kennedy, S. (2011). Non-native university students’ L2 speech: First and final year. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB), Oslo, Norway.

Kennedy, S. (2011). L2 speech development of non-native university students. Paper presented at the at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Chicago, IL.

Kennedy, S. (2011). When non-native students misunderstand each other: Identifying important aspects of pronunciation. Invited paper presented at the annual meeting of TESOL Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.

Kennedy, S. (2010). Speaking an L2: University students at the beginning and end of their studies. Paper presented at the annual meeting of SPEAQ (Société pour la promotion de l’enseignement de l’anglais, langue seconde, au Québec) Convention, Quebec City, Quebec.

Kennedy, S., Trofimovich, P., & Halter, R. (2010, July). Sensibilities for sounds: Investigating learners’ awareness of L2 pronunciation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA), Kassel, Germany.


Kennedy, S. (2010). Is language awareness related to patterns of second language use? A classroom study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta, Georgia.

Kennedy, S. & Trofimovich, P. (2009, September).  Language awareness and oral production: Insights from an L2 pronunciation course. Paper to be presented at the Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Ames, Iowa.

Kennedy, S., Trofimovich, P., & Halter, R. (2008, July). L2 proficiency: Measuring intelligibility at word and discourse level. Paper presented at the BAAL (British Association of Applied Linguistics) Language Teaching and Learning Conference, Greenwich, UK.

Kennedy, S. (2008, April). The link between word-level and discourse-level intelligibility. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Washington, DC.



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