Heather Willis Allen

Credentials: PhD, Emory University

Position title: Associate Professor of French

Email: hwallen@wisc.edu

Phone: 262-9741

732 Van Hise

Primary language




Second language acquisition, multiliteracies pedagogy and assessment in L2 instruction, L2 writing instruction, L2 teacher cognition.

Selected publications

Books & edited volume

  • Paesani, K. A., Allen, H. W., & Dupuy, B. (2016). A multiliteracies framework for collegiate foreign language teaching. Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom Instruction Series. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Allen, H. W., & Dubreil, S. (2014). Alliages culturels: La société française en transformation. Boston: Heinle Cengage.
  • Allen, H. W., & Maxim, H. H. (Eds.). (2013). Educating the future foreign language professoriate for the 21st century. Boston: Heinle Cengage.

Recent journal articles and book chapters

  • Allen, H. W., & Gamalinda, S. (2021). Making podcasts in the collegiate French writing course. CALICO Journal 38 (1), 1-16.
  • Paesani, K., & Allen, H. W. (2020). Challenges and opportunities in implementing multiliteracies pedagogy in postsecondary language programs. Second Language Research and Practice, 1, 124-138.
  • Allen, H. W., & Paesani, K. (2020). Genre instruction, textual borrowing, and foreign language writing: Teaching assistant perspectives and practices. Language Teaching Research.
  • Allen, H. W., and Paesani, K. (2019). Interpersonal writing in the advanced foreign language curriculum: A multiliteracies perspective. N. Yigitoglu & M. Reichelt (Eds.) L2 Writing Beyond English (pp. 42-59). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
  • Allen, H. W. (2018). Redefining writing in the foreign language curriculum: Toward a design approach. Foreign Language Annals 51, 513-532.
  • Allen, H. W. and Goodspeed, L. (2018). Textual borrowing and perspective-taking: A genre-based approach to L2 writing. L2 Journal, 10, 87-110.