M.A. Graduates

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Seçil Akinci Secil Akinci (2016) holds a B.A. in linguistics from Hacettepe University, Turkey. She then taught EFL courses at Izmir Institute of Technology for three years. While at Iowa State University, she taught English 101B and ESL courses in the Intensive English and Orientation Program to undergraduate and graduate students as well as worked on two research projects. Her interests are in corpus linguistics and CALL. Her goal is to continue teaching ESL courses and to pursue a PhD.

Major Professor: Bethany Gray

Thesis title: A cross-disciplinary study of stance markers in research articles written by students and experts


Samuel Ascoli Samuel Ascoli (2015) currently working for ISU’s English department as a lecturer. He is currently teaching English 302: Business Communication. He still actively follows corpus linguistics, phraseology and formulaic language. His longer-term plans are to continue teaching ESL, EFL, and potentially composition/rhetoric.

Major Professor: David Oakey

Thesis title: A group of subject-verb agreements: Finding quantity in group and number

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Rebecca Bae Rebecca Bae (2015) earned her B.M. in Music Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.  She worked as a teacher in EFL in Korea and Japan and has taught all grade levels (K through adults).  Her primary interests include oral assessment, kanji acquisition, independent learning, and how humor influences motivation and attitude in the classroom. Her goal is to return to East Asia and teaching at the collegiate level.

Major Professor: John Levis

Thesis title: The effects of pausing on comprehensibility


Hannah Bingham Brunner Hannah Bingham Brunner (2016) earned her B.A. in literature from Oklahoma Christian University with minors in TEFL and international studies in 2014. While at Iowa State, she taught English 150, 250, 99L, 99R, and 101C. Her interests include using literature for teaching ESL students and bringing global perspectives to the composition classroom. She is currently a visiting faculty member in Oklahoma Christian University’s Language and Literature department.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Thesis title: “The Giver” as content-based reading instruction: Student beliefs about using literature for ESL

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kelseycg2 Kelsey Campbell-Gagen (2015) holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa in Linguistics and Spanish. Her experiences include volunteering as an English Language Instructor in rural Ecuador and teaching reading and writing to elementary students. Her research interests are Literacy and CALL. Kelsey intends to teach locally or abroad.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Thesis title: The effects of metacognitive strategy training on ESL learners’ self-directed use of TED Talk videos for second language listening


Corry Caromawati Corry Caromawati (2016) earned her bachelor’s degree in English (linguistics) from Indonesia University of Education. She passed her CELTA in 2011 and has worked for some English schools to teach ESL. She currently works at Insitut Teknologi Nasional (ITENAS) located in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, where she is the chairperson of the International Relations bureau. She also teaches EFL to students in the engineering and design departments. Her research interests include CALL, CLIL, TBLT, teacher development, and spoken English.

Major Professors: Volker Hegelheimer and James Ranalli

Thesis title: A teacher development program on CALL materials evaluation: Teachers’ knowledge and attitudes toward technology


driscoll_nicholas Nicholas Driscoll (2013) graduated with a double major in English Literature and Writing & Rhetoric in 2004. Since then, he taught English in Baiko Jogakuin junior and senior high for two and a half years. He taught English 150 and 250, and worked on a script for the educational computer game, Meta!Blast. His research interests are in CALL and pronunciation.

Major Professor: John Levis

Creative component: Hatsuon Help: Developing a research-based pronunciation-learning website for Japanese learners of English


Giupponi Luca Luca Giupponi (2013) completed his undergraduate studies in Music at the Bergamo and Como conservatories (Italy) and at Arizona State University, where he also taught beginning Italian. He specializes in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. While at Iowa State, he taught ISUcomm courses (English 150 and 250), and was part of the iApp Development Project. His current research interests include Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning, Language Assessment, Materials Design, and the role of social media in foreign language education.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Thesis title: Imaginary friends, stalking, and curating the Web: An ESL student’s use of social media


Ellen Heddendorf Ellen Heddendorf (2015) teaches ESL at the University of Iowa through the Iowa Intensive English Program. She currently teaches listening and communication skills courses. She is interested in extensive listening, extensive reading, and vocabulary acquisition.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Creative component: The Game’s Afoot: Creating an Interactive ESL/EFL E-Book Based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Stories

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Mijin Jang Mijin Jang (2016) holds bachelor’s degrees in communication and culture and English. She also holds an M.Ed. in English education. Since then, she has taught EFL in South Korea and continued at Iowa State University as a teaching assistant teaching English 150, 250, and 101C. Her research interests include L2 writing/speaking and assessment. Her goal is to continue teaching EFL and to pursue a PhD.

Major Professor: Gary Ockey

Creative component: From independent to integrated writing and task development


susan87 Susan Lee (2014) is interested in learning more about CALL as well as Project-Based Learning. She has been teaching English as a second language for six years at Des Moines Area Community College. Prior to teaching at the community college, she taught kindergarten and music for seven years. She has two bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and music education.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Thesis title: CALL-infused project-based learning: A case study of adult ESL students learning prepositions


carlamq2 Carla Martinez (2014) holds a BA in English Teaching and a BA in Education. She did her undergraduate studies in Chile at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, where she graduated in 2008. While in Chile, she taught English as a Foreign Language to elementary and high-school learners and gave ESP lessons to adult learners. She taught English as a Second Language courses while at Iowa State University.

Major Professor: David Oakey

Creative component: Lexical phrase discourse organizers in multidisciplinary undergraduate lectures: An EAP supplementary course packet of materials for listening courses


rhani Rania Mohammed (2013) is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University after receiving her MA degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University in 2013. Prior to coming to ISU, she worked for three years as an EFL instructor teaching General English classes to college-level students in Saudi Arabia. She also taught an English for Specific purpose course for medicine students as well as Medical Terminology courses. Her research interests include curriculum design and computer assisted language learning.

Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Thesis title: The effectiveness of using subtitled video to teach grammar

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Ananda Muhammad Ananda Muhammad (2017) holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia and an MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Prior to studying at Iowa State University, she worked as a TA at the English Department, Faculty of Letters Hasanuddin University and the English Education Department, Faculty of Teacher Training and Educational Sciences Muhammadiyah University Makassar. She also has some experience teaching IELTS and TOEFL iBT courses in Indonesia. Her research interests include CALL, materials design, and language assessment. She is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University.Major Professor: Carol Chapelle

Thesis title: Creation and evaluation of multimedia materials to promote development of current and prospective international students’ pragmatic competence in academic settings

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orlovsky2 Theresa A. Orlovsky (2014) holds a BA in English and Spanish from Southeast Missouri State University. Her research interests include literacy, Second Language Acquisition, pronunciation, and cognition. In the summer of 2012, Theresa co-taught English conversation at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico. She taught ESL writing classes at ISU. She hopes to teach either domestically or abroad.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Thesis title: Spanish/English bilinguals’ strategies for finding bias in historical texts


Altay Ozkul Altay Ozkul is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He received his BA in English Translation & Interpretation from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey. He has been working as a freelance translator since he started his undergraduate program. He also had tutoring experience back in Turkey. His main area of interest is Computer Assisted Language Learning. Upon completing his MA degree, he intends to pursue a PhD study on ALT.
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paben_todd Todd Paben (2013) received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska Kearney in Political Science and Spanish. At ISU, he studied CALL and taught listening/reading strategies for non-native speakers and working as a research assistant with the Research Writing Tutor program. His experiences include teaching Spanish at a high school in Nebraska, and teaching EFL classes in various contexts in Chile. His research interests include gaming applications for language learning, and use of emerging technologies for language learning.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Creative component: “El Chiflon del Diablo”: An ASR-based adventure video game for learning beginning Spanish


Sockwun Phng Sockwun Phng holds a B.A. in English from Iowa State University. After graduating, she taught IGCSE English in Malaysia. She is now back at Iowa State to pursue an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. Her interests include phonetics, phonology, and World Englishes. Currently, she is a graduate teaching assistant with the Department of English, and she plans to continue teaching–hopefully ESL at the college level–in the future.
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Erin Todey Erin Todey (2014) is an Instructor in the English Language Program at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Erin studied our CALL and Literacy specializations. She earned her B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Iowa. She taught English in France and while at ISU, she taught critical thinking and communication, rhetoric, technical communication, and reading and writing courses in the Intensive English and Orientation Program. Her research interests include second-language writing, computer-assisted language learning, assessment, and IEP administration.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Thesis title: How are we helping our second language writers improve their writing? The case of English 101C and English 150 at Iowa State University

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Victoria Turley Victoria Turley (2016) received her M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, she was a TA within the English department. She received her B.A. in English (with a minor in Non-Profit Management) from Central College in December of 2011. While working towards her B.A., she began working with adult Iraqi refugees as a conversation partner. This work continued after college, and then she began to work with younger refugees from Burma as a tutor.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Creative component: Teaching adult ESL literacy and grade school enrollment using the knowledge framework

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Walton_Amy Amy Walton (2012) is a lecturer in the English Department at Iowa State University, teaching ESL, ESL methods, composition, rhetoric, and grammar courses. She studied both literacy and CALL. Amy has a BA in English and French Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa. Before coming to Iowa State, she taught French, English, and computer courses at Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Her interests include teacher education, cross-cultural communication, and curriculum design.

Major Professor: Tammy Slater

Creative component: Blending learning, language, and content: A unit for collaboration and academic writing with Google Docs

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wilken_jayme Jayme Wilken (2013) is currently the writing coordinator for the IEOP program. She earned speech communication and elementary education B.S. degrees from Iowa State University (ISU). She specialized in CALL, was a member of the Criterion Research Group, and was given the teaching excellence award. Jayme, now a lecturer for the English department, has taught speech, ESL (101D), and IEOP classes. She has published a chapter in a speech textbook. She has presented at domestic and international conferences, focusing on technology in the classroom.

Major Professor: Volker Hegelheimer

Thesis title: L1 feedback in automated writing evaluation: From learners’ perspectives

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kwilkins2 Kirk Wilkins (2015) received a B.A. in English from Iowa State University with a specialization in education in 2012. Licensed in K-12 ESL and 5-12 English, Kirk has taught in a variety of settings in the central Iowa area, including student teaching at East High School in Des Moines. Kirk’s research interests include sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, literacy pedagogy, multimodal instruction, and language program development and evaluation. Kirk intends to continue studying the intersections of culture, social inequality, and language learning.

Major Professor: Bethany Gray

Thesis title: The dynamic ecology of the writing process and agency: A corpus-based comparative case study of stancetaking among native speakers and non-native speakers of English in first-year composition conferences