M.A. Students

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Tom Elliot Tom Elliot is an M.A. student in the Applied Linguistics/TESL program. He received his B.A. in Linguistics and French from Iowa State University, and spent the last two years working as an ESL tutor for the America China Exchange Society. He hasn’t yet chosen an area of specialization, but has interests in assessment, prosody, and CALL.
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Agata Guskaroska Agata Guskaroska holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Applied Linguistics from FON University. She taught English 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. She is currently a Sponsored MA Student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Agata’s major interests include computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics and second language acquisition.
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Tongxuan Huang Tongxuan Huang received his B.A. in psychology from China’s Southwest University in 2011. In his sophomore year, he went to Japan on a summer program about Japanese culture and language. After graduating, he worked as a teaching assistant and an English tutor in New Oriental in Beijing for almost four years. He is here to update his knowledge on teaching and to learn about linguistics. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and fencing.
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Leyla Karatay Leyla Karatay holds a BA from Ataturk University in Turkey. Upon graduation, she taught young learners for a year, then started working as an instructor at Duzce University in Turkey. She taught different English courses such as listening and speaking, English 101, and Academic English. She is now an MA student in TESL at Iowa State University. She is mostly interested in ESP, second language acquisition, and technology use in language teaching.
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Anton Neretin Anton Neretin is an MA student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. He earned a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from a Russian Academy of Law; he received a ‘Paralegal’ Certificate from an Iowa college where he is also finishing the “Interpretation&Translation” program. Anton is currently a mentor of a group 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. He is hopping to work as a teacher of English, particularly in online learning environments
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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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Hyojin, Sim HyoJin Sim is from South Korea. She studied abroad in Texas as an exchange student four years ago. She loves cooking, watching movies, listening to music, and dancing. She also likes sports such as badminton and softball.
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Alaina Tuttle Alaina Tuttle is an MA student in the TESL/Applied Linguistics program. She earned a BA in Communication Studies from Luther College in 2008 and a Secondary English teaching licence from ISU in 2011. Alaina loves to teach and has taught ESL in China and Russia, worked as a TA in the ISU English Department, and currently works as a Professional Development GA for Engineering-LAS Online Learning at ISU. Specializing in CALL, her interests include creating digital learning materials, teaching with technology and mobile learning. She hopes to continue working as a teacher and developing materials for online learning environments.
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