• Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Hopewell, Sue Walsh

Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Susan Hopewell's research foci include issues of language, culture, equity, and identity especially as they impact, or are affected by, bilingualism and related literacy practices at the elementary school level. Dr. Hopewell utilizes mixed-methods designs to conduct research focused on strengthening biliteracy education for Spanish – English bilingual children in the United States. She is currently examining the strategic use of Spanish during ELD literacy, the impact that teacher-student interactions have on bilingual writing development, and the role of oracy in language and literacy development in bilingual education setting.


  • Educational Equity


selected publications


courses taught

  • EDUC 4455 - Methods of Biliteracy Instruction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Critique and analyze the linguistic, social, political and cultural factors that influence the acquisition of literacy for emerging bilingual (EB) learners. We will examine and apply evidence-based practices that support the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening in all of the students' languages regardless of the program model schools enact to serve them.
  • EDUC 5435 - Materials and Methods in Bilingual/ Multicultural Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an in-depth study of the curriculum options available for bilingual and ESL programs. Presents, reviews, and critiques specific methods and strategies for teaching language to minority students. Gives the opportunity to develop and present teaching units in Spanish or in ESL methodology, as appropriate.
  • EDUC 5455 - Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Presents current and emerging philosophies and methods on teaching reading to culturally diverse second-language learners. Includes review of materials, strategies for teaching reading and writing skills, and important considerations for transference from L1 to L2 reading.
  • EDUC 5615 - Second Language Acquisition
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Presents a broad survey of second-language acquisition research. Stresses theoretical concerns and research findings and practical applications to teaching second languages. Gives special emphasis to second-language acquisition.
  • EDUC 8610 - Advanced Topics in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to educational equity and cultural diversity in education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8615 - Language Issues in Education Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Examines ways in which issues of language can affect the validity of educational research. Discusses how language can be properly addressed with a multidisciplinary perspective through different stages in the process of an investigation, including design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis. Provides the conceptual basis for addressing linguistic diversity from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  • EDUC 8620 - Language and Power
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Through language we enact positionality and identity. Language has the power to shape our assumptions and beliefs. This course explores the relationship between linguistic nationalism and xenophobia, bilingual education and accent discrimination, multilingualism and youth culture, code-switching and translanguaging, etc. Participants will analyze domestic policies and current events to understand how language serves to maintain or disrupt the status quo.


International Activities

Other Profiles