Francis Troyan

Faculty Member at School of Teaching and Learning
Affiliated Faculty in French and Francophone Studies

Francis J. Troyan is assistant professor of World Language Education and faculty advisor for the BSEd and MEd Programs in World Language Education and the OSU Teaching Internship in France. His research focuses on language learning, language use, and language teaching in world language classrooms as a socially constructed process.

Troyan’s interest in language use, language learning, and learning teaching grew out of his early language experiences with his grandparents who were immigrants from Poland. Based on these experiences, he developed a passion for language, language use, and language ideologies. Specifically, in his work, Troyan examines why, how, for what purposes, and in which situations we use language. This interest has motivated his work as a classroom teacher, as a teacher educator, and as a researcher.

Troyan’s passion for language use in context is fueled by Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) (e.g., Halliday & Matthiessen, 2013). This theory of language use considers the ways in which language functions in social contexts for particular purposes. This theoretical perspective informs his research and teaching in world language teacher development, ideologies and practices in language immersion and plurilingual education, and the writing development of world language learners.

To learn more, please visit Dr. Troyan’s website.

Areas of Expertise
  • Performance and language assessment
  • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Ph.D., Foreign Language Education, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • M.A., Teaching French Language, Literature and Culture, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1998