M.A. Students

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Stone Zhi (Stone) Chen is an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. He has a BE in Materials Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Before coming to Iowa State, he worked as the senior director of Wall Street English Training Center in Beijing, China. His interests include second language acquisition, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.
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Nergis Nergis Danis is a second-year MA TESL-Applied linguistics student. She holds a BA in Western Languages & Literatures from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Before coming to Iowa State, she worked as an EFL instructor for three years at Piri Reis University in Istanbul. During this time, she mostly taught academic reading and writing classes. Here at Iowa State, she has taught ENGL 150 & 250 within the ISUComm Foundation Communication Classes, and ENGL 99S to nonnative speakers of English. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, materials design & development, and English for Academic Purposes.
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Brody_Fall2018 Brody Dingel is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. He has a B.A. in Linguistics and a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures with a minor in TESL from Iowa State University. Throughout his undergraduate degree, he tutored Spanish and assisted on various research projects. He is currently teaching Spanish at ISU, and his primary research interests include second language acquisition, corpus linguistics, L2 vocabulary acquisition, and computer-assisted language learning.
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Tom Elliot Tom Elliot is an M.A. student in the Applied Linguistics/TESL program. He received a B.A. in Linguistics and French from Iowa State University.  Prior to joining the program, he worked as an ESL tutor for the America China Exchange Society. His interests include corpus methods and oral vs. written discourse.
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Agata Guskaroska Agata Guskaroska is an MA student in the TESL/ Applied Linguistics program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Applied Linguistics from FON University. She taught ESL courses for students from various levels, starting from kindergarten, intermediate, high school and college students. She taught ESL courses in primary and secondary schools and American literature course at university level. She worked as a Teaching Assistant at FON university in Macedonia and has won Fulbright scholarship in May 2017. Agata’s major interests include computer-assisted language learning, pronunciation and second language acquisition.
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Neretin Anton Neretin is an MA student in the TESL program. Before ISU, he
earned a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from a Russian Academy of Law and an “Interpretation/Translation” Certificate from an Iowa college. Anton’s passion is to help international students or other learners for whom English is a foreign language. Since 2017, he has been a mentor of students enrolled in the “Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom” course, provided by ISU, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by FHI 360.
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Tamara Tamara Schmeisser holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Banking from Buena Vista University and a B.A. in World Languages and Cultures with a minor in Russian from Iowa State University. She is currently an MA student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She has taught community-based ESL courses in Des Moines to adult refugees from various regions in the world and currently teaches English 101C. Her interests include literacy issues, L2 writing development, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and pedagogy.
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Rebecca Severin Rebecca Severin is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She has a B.S. from Iowa State University in animal ecology and a minor in biology. Two of her main passions are learning languages and teaching. Before attending college Rebecca studied Italian at an immersion language school in Verona, Italy. She has been teaching Italian language and culture for over ten years, and facilitates a weekly Italian conversation group. She has also tutored English language learners from preschoolers to university students. Rebecca’s interests in the field include second language acquisition and pedagogy, English for specific purposes, survival language skills, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.
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Shamini Shamini Shetye is an M.A. student in TESL/Applied Linguistics. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University in Liberal Studies and a B.Sc from the University of Mumbai, India in Physics. Some of her passions include learning about new cultures, learning new languages, and teaching. Her study abroad trips through Iowa State University to France, Spain, and Morocco gave her enlightening insights about varied cultures. About teaching, she has has had several years of experience in engaging elementary and middle-school children in educational activities like robotics. Shamini’s interests in the field include literacy, and corpus and computational linguistics.
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April April Tan is an M.A. student in Applied Linguistics/TESL at Iowa State University. She received her B.A from Drake University in Creative Advertising in 2015. Her field of interest is in the interplay between second language acquisition (specifically in dialects and pronunciation) and theatre. She hopes to be able to use oral storytelling as a bridge to cross-cultural literacy and community development.
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