Steve Przymus, Ph.D.

Steve Przymus, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Program Area: Bilingual/ESL

817-257-5885  |

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Steve Daniel Przymus, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual/Multicultural Education at Texas Christian University. Steve’s experiences as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Dominican Republic, 2003-2005), Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grantee (Mexico, 2010), and 17 years as a U.S. public school teacher have driven his passion for developing and promoting multimodal/multilingual pedagogies that recognize individuals’ full semiotic repertoires and educational life histories. His research focuses on translanguaging in pedagogy and assessment, advancing bilingual special education, the sociolinguistics of bilingualism, metonymy in linguistic landscapes, and the language development, identity, and education of transnational youth.


Ph.D. Second Language Acquisition & Teaching
University of Arizona

M.A. TESOL & Applied Linguistics
University of Northern Iowa

B.S.Ed. Spanish Education
University of South Dakota

Academic Areas

  • Bilingual Education
  • Translanguaging Studies
  • Assessing & Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Students
  • Intersectionality in Bilingual Special Education

Research areas

  • Translanguaging in dual language immersion
  • Interest-based peer language socialization
  • Metonymy & Metaphor
  • Bilingual decision making
  • Computer assisted language learning/Gaming
  • Bilingual transnational telecollaboration
  • Appropriate assessment & instruction of emergent bilinguals with disabilities
  • Linguistic landscapes/schoolscapes
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Social semiotics for education

Professional achievements

  • Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), “National Distinguished Teacher Education Program,” First Place, (2020)
  • Donovan/Patton National Impact Scholar (2017-2019)
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grantee (2010)
  • Fulbright Alumni Grant Recipient (2015, 2011, 2010)

Selected publications

Solmaz, O. & Przymus, S. D. (2021). [Book] Linguistic Landscapes in English Language Teaching: A Pedagogical Guidebook, TCU Digital Repository.

Przymus, S. D. & Lindo, E. J. (Accepted, forthcoming). Dual-Language Books as a Red Herring: Exposing Language Use and Ideologies. The Reading Teacher

Przymus, S. D., & Huddleston, G. (2021). The Hidden Curriculum of Monolingualism: Understanding Metonymy to Interrogate Problematic Representations of Raciolinguistic Identities in Schoolscapes. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 23(1), 67-86.

Przymus, S. D. & Smith, A. R. (2021). Gaming the system: Leveraging MMORPGs for leveling-up the playing field in schools for transnational students. In J. Perren, K. Kelch, J. Byun, S. Cervantes, & S. Safavi (Eds.), Applications of CALL Theory in ESL and EFL Environments 2nd Edition. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Przymus, S. D., Lengeling, M., Mora-Pablo, I., Serna-Gutiérrez, J. I. O. (2020). From DACA to Dark Souls: MMORPGs as sanctuary and sites of bilingual language/identity development for Los Otros Dreamers in Mexican schools. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2020.1791711

Przymus, S. D., Jiménez, F. R., & García, V. P. (2019). Mensajes de los abuelitos: Reclaiming Zapotec ways of knowing and community-based biliteracy practices in Oaxaca, México. Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe, 34(1), 57-76.

Przymus, S. D., & Alvarado, M. (2019). Advancing Bilingual Special Education: Translanguaging in Content-Based Story Retells for Distinguishing Language Difference from Disability. Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 19(1), 23-43.

Przymus, S. D., Ruiz Jiménez, F., & Pérez García, V. (2019). Mensajes de los abuelitos: Multimodal Zapotec literacy development via the assertion of local ontologies and community-based xkialnana (knowledge) in Oaxaca, Mexico: A Case Study. In Jan Lacina & Robin Griffith (Eds.) Preparing Globally Minded Teachers: Knowledge, Practices, and Case Studies. New York, NY: Routledge.

Przymus, S. D., & Kohler, A. T. (2018). SIGNS: Uncovering the mechanisms by which messages in the linguistic landscape influence language/race ideologies and educational opportunities. Linguistics and Education, 44, 58-68.

Przymus, S. D. (2018). Appropriate assessment e instrucción de los emergent bilinguals con disabilities. In Jo Beth Jimerson & Sarah Quebec Fuentes (Eds.), Instructional Leadership in the Content Areas:  Case Studies for Curriculum and Instruction, pp. 321-333, Routledge.

Przymus, S. D. (2017). Bilingually traversing the US/Mexico” wall” via a classroom telecollaborative exchange: Translanguaging online with the Functional Approach to Code-switching Electronically (FACE). Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, 5(2).

Przymus, S. D., & Smith, A. R. (2017). ¿Eres un Gamer?: Engaging Transnational Children in Game-Ecology Language and Identity Socialization Within the EFL Environment. In J. Perren, K. Kelch, J. Byun, S. Cervantes, & S. Safavi (Eds.), Applications of CALL Theory in ESL and EFL Environments (pp. 269-290). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-2933-0.ch015

Przymus, S. D. (2017). The Subliminal Influence of Street Signs in Schoolscapes: Elective vs. Circumstantial Reverse Indexicality in a Tale of Two Tucsons. Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 24, 4-24.

Przymus, S. D. (2016). Challenging the monolingual paradigm in secondary dual-language instruction: Reducing language-as-problem with the 2-1-L2 model. Bilingual Research Journal, 39(3-4), 279-295.

Przymus, S. D. (2016). Imagining and moving beyond the ESL bubble: Facilitating communities of practice through the ELL Ambassadors Program.  The Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 15(5), 265-279.

Przymus, S. D. (2015). Imagining and moving beyond the ESL bubble: Observing changes in identity, power, and language acquisition through the ELL Ambassadors Program.  In Lengeling, M. & Pablo, I. (Eds.), Perspectives on Qualitative Research, pp. 501-516, Universidad de Guanajuato Press, Guanajuato.

Przymus, S. D. (2014). Negotiating language use in CALL’s fourth phase: An introduction to a Functional Approach to Code-switching Electronically (FACE). Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 21, 1-19.