M.A. Students

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Clariztbel Flores Galvan Clariztbel Flores Galvan has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Contemporary Literature from the University of Panama. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education from the Universidad Interamericana de Panama. She has worked at the University of Panama teaching ESP, English Literature and Introduction to Literature, and at the School of Health Sciences of the Universidad Latina de Panama teaching EFL and ESP. She has experience as an academic counselor too. She is currently a first year student at the M.A. program in TESL/Applied Linguistics at ISU. Her main areas of interest are ESP, CALL and teacher training. After graduation, she plans to go back to her country to work in teacher training and continue teaching English.
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Lea Johannsen Lea Johannsen is an MA student in the Applied Linguistics/TESL program. She holds a BS in History from Iowa State University, with minors in German and Chinese Language. She has worked as a TA in the Chinese department and is currently a TA for the English department. Lea has worked with Chinese students investigating issues of multicultural integration and language leaning, and would like to continue this research in the future.
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Ananda Muhammad Ananda Muhammad is a Fulbright student in the MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics program. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia. 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. In addition, she has experience in teaching IELTS and TOEFL iBT courses in Indonesia. Her areas of interests include L2 writing, using literature in the EFL classroom, CALL, material design, and teacher training.
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Jennifer Musgrove Jennifer Musgrove is a first year graduate student through Iowa State University’s TESL/Applied Linguistics M.A. Program seeking a specialization in Spanish. In addition to her master’s coursework, Jennifer also enjoys her work as a Spanish teaching assistant within the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Jennifer currently teaches two sections of Spanish 101 and plans to teach two sections of Spanish 102 next spring semester. Jennifer’s long-term goals include teaching university level Spanish and co-directing a study abroad program. During the course of her undergraduate career at ISU, Jennifer enjoyed several undergraduate assistantships through the WLC Department including collaborating with Dr. Kathy Leonard in Spanish 351 (Introduction to Spanish-English Translation) and Spanish 352 (Introduction to Spanish Phonology), assisting Dr. Chad Gasta in Spanish 323 (Spain Today), and writing a series of criminal justice topic related articles for Spanish 300 level coursework with Dr. Cristina Pardo. Jennifer was also selected her senior year for a special teaching assistantship position through the ISU on the Mediterranean-Summer in Valencia, Spain Program.
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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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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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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. Before attending college, Rebecca studied Italian at an immersion language school in Verona, Italy. When she returned to the U.S., she began tutoring and teaching Italian, and she has now been teaching Italian language and culture for over nine years. She is currently a graduate assistant in the College of Design where she teaches an Italian language and culture workshop for students preparing to study abroad. As part of her assistantship, she is creating an international friendship program to help build community and friendships between international and domestic students within the College of Design and to encourage student involvement in the greater ISU community. In the summer of 2015, Rebecca began collaborating with the International Students and Scholars Office on the creation of the English Together: Daily English Conversations program that meets twice daily, Monday-Friday, to give international students and scholars an opportunity to improve their English through conversation, games, and topics of interest. Rebecca’s interests in the field include second language acquisition and pedagogy, English for specific purposes, survival language skills, and computer-assisted language learning.
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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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