Varied Opportunities in Applied Linguistics

Varied Opportunities in Applied Linguistics

After watching the recorded presentations, join these authors for a live panel discussion on December 5, 2020 at 11:00 am – 11:30 am (CST). Moderator: Ali Garib


Jooyoung Lee

Senior Test Development Manager

My Work and Lessons Learned

In my presentation, I will talk about what I am currently doing in the Test Development team at Pearson and what lessons I have learned in the professional world. I am primarily working on the speaking section of TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System), designed to assess the progress of K-12 English learners. I will briefly go over the tasks involved in this project such as item review, validation of operational/field test items (in term of automated scoring), handling of appeals, and managing transcriptions/ratings, which comprise the essential part of scoring engine training. Hopefully, I can share some TELPAS speaking items with you as well. I will also mention a few other projects that I'm involved in including launching a new business English test, conducting research on Versant English Test, and developing a new item type.
In addition, I will spend some time on discussing what it is like to work with other teams/people outside the field of applied linguistics or TESOL (e.g., engineering, R&D, project managers, marketing) to successfully deliver various language tests. I also would like to share my honest thoughts on what lessons I have learned while working at Pearson, how our doctoral program had prepared me for the professional world, how I should have better prepared, and what are some advantages and challenges of working for a (profit) company.
Video Recording

Anne O'Bryan

Adjunct faculty and faculty development team member
Colorado State University Global Campus

Reflections on a career in online education

My ALT degree has led to opportunities within and also outside of our field. After graduating from the ALT program in 2010, I began developing and teaching online courses for Colorado State University's new online-only Global Campus. Now, 10 years later, I have worked with a number of public, private, for-profit and non-profit schools and organizations to design, and teach, a variety of online courses in the areas of teaching English as a second language, applied linguistics, instructional technology, research methods, organizational leadership, and online course development. I have served in a number of roles, including faculty, subject matter expert, course developer, mentor to new online faculty, and facilitator of professional development courses for faculty and instructional designers who are interested in learning more about online teaching and learning. In this presentation, I will talk about my journey and share what I've learned about the online course development process, online teaching, and faculty development at various institutions and reflect on how the ALT degree prepared me for the various roles I have held over the years.
Video Recording