Background and activities

As part of the research project Acquisition of English in the Multilingual Classroom (AcEngMulCla), my PhD project focuses on the acquisition of English in Norway by students whose first language is not Norwegian, and how those students make use of their multilingual competence in the language classroom. I am also a member of the research group Multilingualism and intercultural education: on the path between home, school, and university.


I hold an MPhil in Theoretical Linguistics from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway, where my thesis focused on code mixing in bilingual child language acquisition. I also hold an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Seattle Pacific University. I studied Linguistics and French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database


  • Bentzen, Kristine; Walla, Dianna. (2017) Code mixing in early bilingual acquisition: dominance, language modes, and discourse strategies. A case study of bilingual acquisition of Norwegian and English. 2017.