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English Department

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200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

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Bal Krishna Sharma

Bal Krishna Sharma

Assistant Professor

Office

Brink Hall 128

  • Ph.D., Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016
  • M.A., Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011
  • M. Ed., English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal 2004
  • B. Ed., English Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal 2001

I am interested in the role of English in multilingual contexts. I look into the dynamics of teaching, learning and use of English in order to examine the topics of language ideology, intercultural communication, identity, and pedagogy. My current project examines issues of culture, representation, and the economy of language from the perspectives of tourism workers in the context of Nepal’s tourism industry. I investigate what English, other international languages, and minority languages mean for a workplace context where the commodification and representation of languages and cultures is a major driving force. As another project, I am working on research that investigates language-related ideologies and identities of non-native English speaking faculty in US universities.

  • Multilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics 
  • Discourse analysis
  • Intercultural communication
  • Qualitative research methods

Articles:

Revision:

  • Sharma, B. Discursive representations of difference and multilingualism in Himalaya with Michael Palin. International Journal of Multilingualism.

To Appear:

  • Sharma, B. Training intercultural communication skills to tourism workers in the Himalayas. Special issue on “Language, mobility and work” in M. Moyer (Ed.) Language and Intercultural Communication.

2018:

  • Sharma, B. Non-English lingua franca? Mobility, market and ideologies of the Chinese language in Nepal. Global Chinese.
  • Sharma, B. English and discourses of commodification among tourism workers in the Himalayas. Journal of Sociolinguistics.

2017:

  • Sharma, B. & Phyak, P. Criticality as ideological becoming: Developing English teachers for critical pedagogy in Nepal. Special issue on “Reexamining and reenvisioning criticality in language studies” in R. Kubota & E. Miller (Eds.), Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 14(1/2) , 210-238.
  • Sharma, B. & Phyak, P. Neoliberalism, linguistic commodification and ethnolinguistic identity in multilingual Nepal. Language in Society, 46(2), 231-256.

2015:

  • Sharma, B. Interactional concerns in implementing group tasks: addressing silence, dominance, and off-task talk in an academic writing class. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 9 (3) , 233-250.
  • Sharma, B. Stylizing dialects and restructuring the nation of Nepal in stand up comedy. Special issue on “Insults or acts of identity?: The role of styling, stylizing, and mocking in multilingual discourse” in C. Higgins (Ed.), Multilingua, 34(2), 234-264.

2014:

  • Sharma, B. On high horses: Transnational Nepalis and language ideologies on YouTube. Special issue on “Digital superdiversity” in J. Androutsopoulos & K. Juffermans (Eds.), Discourse, Context & Media, 4-5, 19-28.

2013:

  • Sharma, B. Enactment of teacher identity in resolving student disagreements in small group peer interactions. Linguistics and Education, 24(2) , 247-259.
  • Sharma, B. Hinduism and TESOL: Teaching, learning and student-teacher relationships. Language and Linguistics Compass 7(2) , 79-90.

2012:

  • Sharma, B. ‘It’s more than social networking’: Performing global Englishes in Facebook by college youth in Nepal. Journal of Sociolinguistics 16(4), 483-509.
  • Sharma, B. Conceding in disagreements: A sequential analysis of group work interactions in academic writing class. Classroom Discourse 3(1), 4-28.

Chapters:

In review: 

  • Sharma, B. S. cross-cultural encounters in eco-tourism and some implications for TESOL. In J. Goulah & J. Katunich (Eds.) TESOL and sustainability: New perspectives on English language teaching in the anthropocene era

2018:

  • Sharma, B. Economic market, “elite” multilingualism, and language policy in Nepali schools. In J. Crandall & K. Bailey (Eds.), Global perspectives on educational language policies. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Sharma, B. Relevance of Hinduism for English language teaching? In M. S. Wong & A. Mahboob (Eds.) Spirituality & language teaching: Religious explorations of teacher identity, pedagogy, context, and content. New York, NY: Multilingual Matters.

2016:

  • Higgins, C. M. & Sharma, B. Language education and globalization. In May, S. & McCarty, T. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of language and education, vol. 1: Language Policy and Political Issues in Education. (3rd edition).

2012:

  • Sharma, B. & Sharma, S. Leapfrogging in the global periphery: Popular literacy practices of Nepalese youth online. In B. T. Williams & A. Zenger (Eds.), New media literacies and participatory popular culture across borders (151-166). New York: Routledge.

  • 2015: Dai Ho Chun Fellowship, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2014: Doctoral Dissertation Grant, the International Research Foundation for English Language Education
  • 2014: Civil Society Scholar Award by the Open Society Foundations
  • 2008: East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship 
  • 2003: Mahendra Vidya Bhusan (God Medal by the King), Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Linguistic Transformation in Tourism Spaces

Presentation by Bal Krishna Sharma, Assistant Professor of English.

English Department

Physical Address:
200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156

Fax: 208-885-5944

Email: englishdept@uidaho.edu

Web: English

Directory Map