Dr. Julie Sykes Julie Sykes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor: TESOL

Julie Sykes earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. Julie’s research focuses on the use of digital technologies for language acquisition with a specific focus on inter-language pragmatic development and intercultural competence. She has taught courses on second language teaching and learning methodology and research, language learning and technology, Hispanic linguistics, and inter-language pragmatic development. Julie’s experience includes the design, implementation, and evaluation of online immersive spaces and the creation of place-based, augmented-reality mobile games to engage language learners in a variety of non-institutional contexts. She has published various articles on CALL-related topics, including synchronous computer-mediated communication and pragmatic development, gaming and CALL, and lexical acquisition in digitally mediated environments. Julie serves as the UO Scholar-in-Residence and also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.


Working with students around language teaching and learning is a true joy. I always learn something new and look forward to my next adventure in the classroom where we all take a learning adventure together. Our online context affords us the opportunity to cross physical boundaries and engage with one another around a variety of interesting topics. I look forward to meeting you soon!



  • Sykes, J. & Reinhardt, J. (2012). Language at Play: Digital Games in Second and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning. Series on Theory and Practice In Second Language Classroom Instruction, J. Liskin-Gasparro & M. Lacorte, series eds. Pearson-Prentice Hall.

Edited Volumes

  • Reinhardt, J. & Sykes, J (Eds). (2014). Game and play activity in technology- mediated L2 teaching and learning. Special Issue of Language Learning and Technology, 18(2).
    Taguchi, N. & Sykes, J., Eds., (2013). Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching. John Benjamins Language Learning and Teaching Series.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2011. Holden, C. & Sykes, J. Leveraging mobile games for place-based language learning. International Journal of Game-based Learning. 1(2), 1-18.

  • 2010. Sykes, J. (In)Commensurable Discourse: Researchers and Practitioners Bring Pragmatics to the Language Learning. Viewpoints Article. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 253-263. [invited]

  • 2009. Thorne, S., Black, R., & Sykes, J. Second Language Use, Socialization, and Learning in Internet Interest Communities and Online Games. Modern Language Journal, 93, 802-821.

  • 2009. Mack, S. & Sykes, J. ¡Qué feíto estás tú también, cariño!: A Comparison of the Response to the Use of ‘Positive’ Irony for Complimenting in Peninsular and Mexican Spanish. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 2, 305-346.

  • 2008. Sykes, J., Oskoz, A., & Thorne, S. Web 2.0, Synthetic Immersive Environments, and Mobile Resources for Language Education. CALICO Journal, 25(3), 528-546.

  • 2008. Sykes, J. & Cohen, A.D. L2 Pragmatics: Six Principles for Online Materials Development and Implementation. Acquisition of Japanese as a Second Language, (11), 81-100. [invited]

  • 2007. Lafford, B., Lafford, P., & Sykes, J. Entre dicho y hecho...: An Assessment of the Application of Research from Second Language Acquisition and Related Fields to the Creation of Spanish CALL materials for Lexical Acquisition. CALICO Journal, 24(3), 497-529. [Awarded CALICO Article of the Year, 2007]

  • 2005. Sykes, J. Synchronous CMC and Pragmatic Development: Effects of Oral and Written Chat. CALICO Journal, 22(3), 399-431.

  • 2004. Colina, S. & Sykes, J. Educating Parents in the Spanish-Speaking Community: A Look at Translated Educational Materials. Bilingual Research Journal, 28(3), 299-317.