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Ms Tracy G Beckett

Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant

Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant, Department of Applied Linguistics Africana Research Fellow, Pennsylvania State University


305 Sparks Building

Pennsylvania State University

University Park



United States of America


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Ms Beckett is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University. She received an MPhil from the University of Cape Town with a thesis titled: “Language and Dementia in Bilingual Settings: Evidence from two case studies”.



Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Ageing in multilingual communities in South Africa & in the African Diaspora
  • Language, Culture & African identity in older persons with or without communicative disorders
  • Intergenerational Relationships
  • African Applied Linguistics

Key methodological skills

  • Qualitative research methodologies (ethnographic research, focus groups, participant observation, grounded theory, case studies, interviews, discourse batteries)
  • Narrative theory & methodology
  • Conversational & Discourse Analysis
  • Cultural & Linguistic Anthropological Methodology

Current/planned research

  • Doctoral Research on narratives of bilingual elders in a South African community

Current engagement in capacity building

  • Graduate teaching assistant for academic writing, composition, rhetoric & oral proficiency for undergraduates & graduates.