Ph.D. Students

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Photo Agata Guskaroska is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, first M.A. degree in Applied Linguistics from FON University and second M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. 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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Photo Agustinus Hardi Prasetyo (Hardi) is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds a Bachelor of Education in English Language Education from Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia. His main research interests are second language assessment (language assessment literacy) and second language teacher education.
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Photo Ali Garib is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds an M.A. in Linguistics from Arizona State University and an M.A. in TESOL and Educational Technology from the University of Manchester. Ali is a Fulbright and Chevening alumnus. His primary research interests span the areas of L2 pronunciation teaching and learning and the effect of technology on the development of L2 academic writing. Ali has an experience of over 6 years teaching general and academic English, introductory linguistics, communication skills, phonetics, and research methods at language centers and universities, including Omar Al-Mukhtar University in Libya, the Lebanese American University in Lebanon, and others.
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Photo Alif Silpachai is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds an M.A. in theoretical linguistics from the University of Southern California and a BA in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His primary research interests include pronunciation teaching, computer-assisted language learning, and second language acquisition.
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Photo Altay Ozkul holds a B.A. in English translation & interpreting from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey and an M.A. in TESL/AL from Iowa State University. He has work experience as a freelance translator & interpreter and English tutor. He has also worked as a lecturer at Iowa State University and taught first-year composition and oral communication strategies courses. His main areas of interest are CALL and teaching writing.
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Photo Ananda Muhammad holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia and an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Her primary areas of interests include CALL, materials design, and language assessment. She has presented at conferences such as MwALT, NCTE, ANS, and CALICO.
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Photo Andrea Flinn is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Andrea holds an M.A. degree in TESOL from San Francisco State University and a BA in Communication from Cornell University. She has taught at SFSU and the University of Jordan, as a Fulbright fellow. She is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s in Teaching Arabic as a Second Language at Middlebury College, and has amused refugees with her broken Arabic while volunteering at community centers in Jordan and Southern California. Her research interests include CALL, pronunciation, and corpus linguistics.
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Photo Chris Nuttall is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) program. He is the recipient of three degrees from Brigham Young University, including a BA in Portuguese, a BA in Philosophy, and an M.A. in TESOL. Before studying at ISU, he worked as a lecturer in UC Davis’ University Writing Program (UWP). As a lecturer in the UWP, Chris was tasked with helping freshly matriculated ESL students improve their writing skills. His research interests include corpus linguistics, discipline-specific writing, and writing evaluation. In his free time, Chris enjoys playing music and spending time outdoors with his family.
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Photo Ella Alhudithi is currently a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Her research interests center on pedagogy, corpus linguistics, languages for specific purposes, and second language acquisition. Prior to ISU, she completed her master’s in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language at Colorado State University, where she taught a range of language courses for international and mainstream students. She has presented her work at regional and international conferences, such as the Modern Language Association, International Linguistic Association, Colorado TESOL, and Applied Linguistics Winter Conference. Outside of academia, Ella loves traveling, discovering new places and cultures, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, and meditating. Spending time with her dog and cat is also one of her great joys.
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Photo Erik Goodale is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He earned his M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics also at ISU in the spring of 2019. Erik’s research interests include pronunciation and how technology can be used by learners to better improve their comprehensibility.
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Erin Todey is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology Program. She holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and a B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Iowa. She currently works as the Peer Review Group Coordinator and Facilitator for the Center for Communication Excellence, co-Assistant Director of the ISUComm Foundation Courses, and as a statement of purpose advisor for the ISU McNair Scholars Program. Erin is also a co-editor for the TESL-EJ Media Reviews. Her research interests include English for Specific Purposes, discourse analysis (specifically Swalesian move analysis and corpus linguistics), academic and self-promotional genres, and writing center administration. Erin has taught English in France and Turkey in addition to first-year composition, technical writing, and intensive English courses at ISU.
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Photo Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. She received her M.A. in TESOL at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 2017. She also earned her B.A in English Language and Literature at Azad University in Tehran, Iran, her home country. She has taught ESL courses at Cultural and Intensive English Language Program (CIEP) at UNI during her Master’s program. She also has worked as an EFL instrctor for four years in Iran. Currently, her research interests are in corpus linguistics analysis, grammar, and pronunciation, specifically, for EFL learners. She is also interested in literature, arts, and theatre. She has translated three plays by Joao Rei Villar, a 2011 Emmy Award Winner, from English to Farsi/Persian. She is also interested in classic music and plays Santour which is an Iranian traditional instrument.
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Photo Haeun (Hannah) Kim is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a B.A. and an Ed.M. in English Language Education from Kyungpook National University. Before joining the program, she taught English to middle and high school students in South Korea for six years. Currently, she is working as a teaching assistant for the ISUComm Foundation courses. Her research interests include language assessment, language processing theories in psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, and bilingualism.
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Photo Haeyun Jin holds BA and M.A. degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She is a Fulbright scholar and a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Currently, she works for the Online Learning Team and as a research assistant for the American English E-Teacher Program. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and assessment, integrated writing assessment, L2 writing development, and corpus linguistics. She has presented at both local and international conferences such as SSLW, MwALT, and LARC, and published in journals including English for Academic Purposes.
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Photo Hyunwoo Kim holds a B.A. in English Language Education from Seoul National University and a Master’s degree in English Language Teaching from International Graduate School of English in South Korea. He is a Ph.D. students in Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He has an official certificate in teaching English and taught English language for 5 years in secondary level EFL courses in South Korea. His research interests include computer-assisted language learning and assessment, L2 writing development, and assessment validation. He currently teaches 101C ESL courses and works as a research assistant.
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Photo Idée Edalatishams holds an M.A. in ELT and a BA in English Translation from Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Her primary research focuses on spoken discourse, particularly pronunciation, accentedness, and comprehensibility mainly through corpus linguistics as methodology. She is also interested in non-native speakers’ identity perceptions as they relate to linguistic stereotyping. She has presented her work in conferences such as AAAL, PSLLT, AACL, SLRF, CALICO, and TSLL. During her 5 years in the Ph.D. program, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses, as well as ESL courses focusing on ITAs’ speaking skills and undergraduates’ writing, listening, and reading skills. She has also worked as a graduate communication consultant at the Writing and Media Center and is currently an English speaking/writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College.
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Photo Ivana (Lucic) Rehman holds a B.S. in Business English (University of Mediterranean), and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Montenegro). She earned an M.A. in TESL at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She taught a variety of ESL courses, ISUComm Foundation courses, and is now working as a research assistant. Her primary research interests are in the area of pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology, and she has conducted research on Western South Slavic languages. Currently, she is investigating the influence of visual feedback on pronunciation learning.
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Photo Jeanne Beck holds an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Education Administration from William Woods University, and a Master’s degree in TESOL Education, a BS in Middle School Education, and a BA in International Studies from the University of Missouri. She has taught English as a second or foreign language at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea; on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Nagano, Japan; and in rural Missouri public schools. Her interests include CALL, technology education for teachers, project based learning, EL policy, and rural English language learners and teachers. She currently serves as an Edtech chair and board member for MIDTESOL, and has presented at TESOL, MIDTESOL, JALTCALL, and other conferences. She helped co-author an English textbook in South Korea and has written for Language Magazine and for the MIDTESOL website.
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Photo Joe Geluso earned his M.A. in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has experience teaching English as second/foreign language in the US, Mexico, and Japan. His primary areas of interest are corpus linguistics, SLA, cognitive linguistics, corpus-based language learning, and applied linguistics as a discipline. Joe has presented his work at conferences such as the Second Language Research Forum, American Association of Corpus Linguistics, and JALT, and published in journals including Computer Assisted Language Learning and ReCALL.
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Photo Junghun Yang is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. He holds an M.A. in English with Linguistics specialty from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a BA in English from Hallym University in South Korea. His research interests include corpus linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and second language acquisition.
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Photo Kimberly Pace Becker holds an M.A. in TESL from Northern Arizona University and a BA in English from Millsaps College. Kim has over ten years experience teaching ESL at the community college and university level. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and corpus linguistics. She has presented at conferences such as CALICO, AAAL, AACL, MidTESOL, and SLRF.
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Photo Kristin Terrill studied at Northern Arizona University, earning a BA in English and an M.A. in English: Professional Writing. Her areas of interest include sociolinguistics, historiolinguistics, and computer science.
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Photo Lena Alhammad is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at ISU. She holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature from Princess Nora University in Riyadh, and an M.A. in  TESOL from  Murray State University. Her research interests include second language assessment and CALL.
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Photo Leyla Karatay holds a BA from Ataturk University in Turkey and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She has experience as an instructor at Duzce University in Turkey, and has taught different English courses at ISU such as listening and speaking, English 101, and Academic English. She is mostly interested in ESP, second language acquisition, and technology use in language teaching.
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Photo Liberato Silva dos Santos is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics & Technology program at ISU. He is also a graduate teaching assistant working as an English writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) in ISU’s Graduate College. He holds a B.A. in English & Portuguese from the Catholic University of Goias, Brazil, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. He also holds a position as en EFL teacher at the Federal Institute of Education, Science, and Technology of Goias (IFG), Brazil. His areas of interest include language assessment and testing, CALL, materials design, and teacher training. He has presented at local and international conferences, such as TSLL, LARC, TESOL, and CALICO. He participated in an eight-week summer internship program at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the summer of 2018. There he worked on item analysis and test-taker response patterns in a smartphone-delivered English placement test. He is currently investigating non-native English speaker performance in a university English placement test (EPT).
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Photo Mutleb Alnafisah is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He is primarily interested in language assessment and pronunciation. He is also interested in English for medical purposes. He holds a BA in English and Translation from Qassim University and an M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL from Southern Illinois University. He taught basic English language courses for two years for college-level students in Saudi Arabia. Mutleb has presented some of his research at the conferences of ILLS and ICQI.
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Photo Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and a BA in English Language Teaching from Hacettepe University, Turkey. Prior to joining ISU as a Ph.D. student, she worked as a curriculum coordinator and EFL instructor in the School of Foreign Languages at Hacettepe University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language testing, L2 speaking assessment, task design, and test validation. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences such as METU ELT Convention, MwALT, LARC, and TESOL, and published in journals including Language Assessment Quarterly. In her spare time, she enjoys taking landscape photography, hiking, traveling, and more recently trying new recipes from Mexican cuisine.
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Photo Nergis Danis is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and 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. As a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa State, she is teaching composition classes as part of the ISUComm Foundation Communication Program. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, materials design & development, and English for Academic Purposes.
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Photo Phuong Nguyen received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She taught academic English and English-for-Specific-Purposes courses to university-level students in Vietnam. Recently, she interned at the Center for Applied Linguistics with WIDA’s ACCESS 2.0 test development team and at Michigan Language Assessment working on Michigan English Test Go! She is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology with a minor in statistics at Iowa State University where she also works as an assistant coordinator for the English Placement Test and instructor for an introductory linguistics course. Her research interests include language assessment, CALL evaluation, and corpus linguistics.
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Photo Reza Neiriz is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Urmia State University, and an M.A. in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. He is interested in Computerized and Computer-Mediated Language Teaching, and he has developed and researched a computer-mediated academic speaking test. He is also interested in web application development through Asp.Net, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SQL Server technologies, and has used these technologies to develop language assessment solutions. He has presented at BUSEL and IATEFL conferences about computer-mediated academic productive skills tests. He has also worked as an academic English instructor and course material development and material assessment coordinator at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus.
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Photo Rosalie “Roz” Hirch is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics & Technology, specializing in language assessment. More specifically, she is interested in validation, task design, and diagnostic assessments. She is also interested in corpus linguistics, and is working on several projects related to this field, most notably a project using keyword and cluster analyses for text analysis. She has presented her research at SLRFLTRC, and AAAL.
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Photo Sebnem Kurt is a Ph.D. student at Applied Linguistics and Technology Program (ALT) at Iowa State Univesity. She holds an M.A. in TEFL from Bilkent University and a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University in Turkey. She is a former FLTA (The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program) scholar and a TESOL certificate holder from Idaho State University. She taught ELF and Turkish as a Foreign Language at Akdeniz University in Antalya for over ten years. Her research interests include pronunciation, suprasegmentals, intonation, and identity.
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Photo Shireen Baghestani is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program with interests in language testing and corpus linguistics. Prior to joining Iowa State, she worked as an item writer and rater for multiple international English language tests. Her research interests include rater bias in assessment scoring, rubric creation, and test validation. She is excited to learn more about statistics, corpus linguistics, and assessment-related technologies and apply this knowledge towards the continued development of fair and valid language tests.
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Photo Sondoss Elnegahy holds a BA in Linguistics and Translation from Helwan University, Egypt. Graduating the first runner-up on her class, she was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department. She taught English courses to different faculties at Helwan University. In 2012, she was accepted to participate in the “English Language Teaching Materials Development: Principles, Tools, and Technologies” online course provided by English Department here at ISU, which was followed by “English Language Materials Development” workshop at ISU campus. This was a turning point for Ms. Elnegahy since it planted a dream for her to come back to ISU one day. As a Fulbright grantee, she obtained her M.A. degree from the University of Delaware. Her dream came true as she is currently honored to be back to ISU as a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. Her research interest is mainly second language pronunciation and oral communication assessment.
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Photo Stacy Amling is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds Master’s degrees in Applied Spanish Linguistics and TESOL from Michigan State University. Her professional interests include technology education for in-service foreign language teachers, L2 writing, technology integration into the language classroom, and developing state standards for foreign language instruction. She has taught ESL and Spanish to learners of all ages from elementary to adult learners, and she currently works full-time as a Spanish Professor at Des Moines Area Community College and serves on the Executive Board for the Iowa World Language Association, which is the state-level professional organization for Iowa foreign language teachers.
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Photo Taichi Yamashita is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a BA in English Teaching from Mie University in Japan and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University. He joined Iowa State in Fall 2016. He is interested in second language acquisition, automated writing feedback, and second language assessment.
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Tim Kochem is a third year PhD student. He has presented at applied linguistics, general education, and distance education conferences, such as CALICO, AAAL, the Asian Conference on Education (ACE), and the World Conference on e-Learning (e-Learn). His work has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, TESL-EJ, and the Journal of Interactive Learning Research. His research areas include L2 pronunciation pedagogy, distance education, educational technology, and L2 teacher education.
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Photo Tom Elliot is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He received B.A.s in Linguistics and French, and an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Prior to joining the program, he worked as an ESL tutor for the America China Exchange Society. His current interests include corpus linguistics methodology and second language acquisition.
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Yasin Karatay holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University and an M.A. in TEFL from Bilkent University in Turkey. He taught a variety of English courses at the tertiary level, including academic reading and writing, grammar, technical English, and English 101. He also taught theme-based courses such as Sports as a Way of Life, Photography, and Technology for Professional Students. He has presented at local and international conferences, including MwALT, AAAL, IATEFL and EuroCALL. He has worked as an EFL instructor and assistant director at Duzce University in Turkey. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program and a research assistant at Iowa State University. His research interests are computer-based speaking assessment, CALL use in material development and assessment, and English for Specific Purposes.
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Photo Ziwei Zhou is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds a Master of Education in TESOL degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China. His research interests include phonology acquisition, pronunciation instruction and pedagogy, music cognition and speech, music-based pedagogical approaches, and critical sociolinguistics. Currently, he is teaching ENGL 150: Critical Thinking and Communication. Prior to this, he has taught English to immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia in the U.S, and local high school students, college students, as well as working adults in China. In addition to teaching and research, he worked with a crew of musicians and arts designers in developing music-based pedagogical products including textbooks, audios and videos, TV shows, etc.
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Photo Zoe Zawadzki is currently a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University with an interest in pronunciation and computer-assisted language learning. She holds a B.A. in French and Linguistics and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. She spent one year teaching English to children in France. Zoe has presented at conferences such as PSLLT, TESOL, and MEXTESOL.
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Michael A. Curtis is a graduate student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) Ph.D. program. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science at University of Maryland University College. Michael served 21 years in the military. While working on his master’s degree, he volunteered as a tutor and teacher helping immigrants and refugees learn English and job skills. Michael is interested in corpus linguistics, computer- or mobile-assisted language learning, and research involving various computer technologies and techniques–such as artificial intelligence, natural-language processing, data science, and machine learning.
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Elizabeth Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. Her research focuses on evaluating language assessments and programs that draw on students’ and instructors’ self-assessments and attitudes. She has presented her latest works at LTRC and MwALT. She has been the recipient of Brown Graduate Fellowship and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship. When she is not doing research, she enjoys meditating and watching Bon Appetit.
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