Lena AlHammad is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Lena Holds an MA degree in TESOL from Murray State University and a BA in English Language and Literature from Princess Norah University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She worked as a lecturer at Alkharj University in Saudi Arabia and taught college students English Grammar and conversation skills. Her research interests are CALL and Testing.
Zaha Alonazi holds a BA in Languages and Translation and an MA in Applied Linguistics from King Saud University . She taught English courses for students from various levels, intermediate, high school and college students. She taught listening, reading and speaking in addition to some introductory linguistics courses like semantics, morphology and an introductory course in applied linguistics. She has worked as an English lecturer at Majmma University in Saudi Arabia and is currently a PhD Student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Zaha’s major interests include language testing and assessment, second language acquisition, and technology applications in English teaching.
Nawaf Alsallami holds an MA degree in TESOL from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and a bachelor degree in TEFL from Tabuk University, Saudi Arabia. Nawaf has taught beginner and intermediate EFL classes to elementary-level and college-level students in Saudi Arabia. His research interests include development of CALL materials and integration of CALL into EFL classes.
Stacy Amling is a PhD 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.
Mo Chen is a first year doctoral student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). She has got her first master degree from University of Cincinnati, majoring in TESL in 2010 and second master degree from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Applied Second Language Acquisition in 2011. Before joining ALT program, she taught ESL reading and writing for one semester and Mandarin Chinese for one year at University of Cincinnati. Currently, she is teaching English 101C writing course at Iowa State University as a teaching assistant. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning and language assessment.
YunDeok Choi is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University (ISU). She holds MAs in English Language and Literature from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea and in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Recently, she received an MA in Linguistics from Georgetown. She is currently teaching Engl 99 Listening and Reading courses at ISU. Her research interests include Computer Assisted Language Learning (e.g., CMC) and second language acquisition.
Kelly J Cunningham holds an MA in intercultural studies & TESOL and a graduate level certificate in online teaching. Her research interests include intersections of art, technology & language teaching, online teaching, the Focal Skills Approach, community in language learning, materials development, teacher training, cognitive linguistics and brain based teaching. She taught in a variety of ESL programs in the Chicago suburbs prior to coming to ISU including a community based program for refugees, adult ESL & academic ESL at community colleges and a focal skills based intensive English program. Her teaching has also included developing and teaching online and hybrid academic ESL courses. Prior to moving to Iowa she served on the board of IL-TESOL/BE, most recently as the editor of the ITBE Link. She has presented at local and international conferences including TESOL, ITBE, NAFSA, CATESOL and MIDTESOL and has been an invited presenter at local conferences. Currently, she is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics & Technology program at Iowa State where she teaches English 150.
Ahmet Dursun holds an M.A in TESL and is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University where he also teaches academic writing classes to non-native speakers. He is also the coordinator of the online programs of EFINST International Language Schools located in Istanbul, Turkey where he designs materials for the program at different levels and gives both online and face-to-face teacher training workshops to improve teachers’ online teaching skills. His research interests focus on distance learning, CALL use in material development and assessment, innovative pedagogical contexts and learners’ collaboration in CALL context. Previously, he has taught EFL classes including writing, reading, listening and speaking at variety of levels in Turkey and ESL academic writing classes at Minnesota State University.
Idée Edalatishams is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She earned both her Master’s in ELT and Bachelor’s in English Translation from Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Prior to leaving for the US, she taught English to adults and young adults at several language institutes as well as Sharif University of Technology. She has also worked as a newscaster/translator in the English Radio. Her primary research interests include CALL, hybrid learning, self-directed learning and learner autonomy. She is currently teaching ISUComm Foundation Courses in the Department of English.
Hui-Hsien Feng, originally from Taiwan, is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics & Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds an MA in TESOL at the Ohio State University. She has taught ESL academic writing, reading, and listening courses. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning, second language academic writing, and the use of corpora in second language writing skill development. Her current research is on EAP for EFL graduate students, the use of Criterion in ESL writing classes, and the implementation of the use of corpora in ESL/EFL classes.
Joe Geluso earned his MA in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusets, Boston, and has experience teaching English as second/foreign language in the US, Mexico, and Japan. His primary areas of interest are SLA, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, corpus-based language learning, and technology and language learning. Joe has presented his work at conferences such as the Second Language Research Forum, CALICO, and JALT, and published in journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning and ReCALL.
Kadir Karakaya is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He holds an MA and BA in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Before joining the ALT program as a Fulbright scholar, he taught EFL courses in writing, listening, and reading in Turkey. He currently works as an instructional design assistant for Engineering-LAS Online Learning. His primary area of research includes interactionist and sociocultural approaches to instructed Second Language Acquisition. His main research interests are L2 writing, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), distance learning, and teacher education. His interests also include instructional design, learner training, and task-based language teaching and learning. He has presented at conferences such as TESOL, CALICO, SLRF, and TSLL.
Huong Le completed her M.A in TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University in 2011 as a beneficiary of the 2009 Fulbright Vietnamese Student Scholarship. She is also currently an English instructor at the School of Foreign Languages, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam.
Joo-Young Lee received BA and MA degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University in South Korea and is now studying here at Iowa State University as a Fulbright scholar. Her research interest includes corpus linguistics, second language assessment, academic writing, CALL, conversation analysis, and classroom discourse. She is currently working on the Criterion research project with the professor and colleagues in the department.
Hong Ma received her M.A in Applied Linguistics from Georgia State University, where she taught undergraduates intermediate level Chinese. In fall 2010, she taught English 101C at Iowa State University and she is currently teaching Chinese 102 and 202 with the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Her research interest includes English testing, CALL and multimedia technologies in language testing.
Rania Mohammed is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She received her MA degree in TESL and Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University in 2013. Prior coming to ISU, she has worked for three years as an EFL instructor teaching General English classes to college-level students in Saudi Arabia. She also has 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.
Phuong Nguyen earned an MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Melbourne, Australia. She taught Academic English, English for Tourism and Hospitality at undergraduate level in Vietnam before coming to Iowa State. Currently, she is working as an instructor for first year composition courses. Her research interests include language testing and technology-mediated language teaching and learning.
Moonyoung Park holds an MA degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. He has certificates in teaching English and Korean, and has taught secondary and college level EFL/ESL courses in Korea, Thailand, and U.S. His research interests are computer/mobile-assisted language learning, task-based language assessment/teaching, and language program development and evaluation. Working as an ESL instructor and learner outcome/assessment coordinator at the IEOP, he is currently developing a prototype of a virtual interactive aviation English test for his dissertation project.
Mandy Qian received her BA in English with a specialization in IT management from Guangdong University Foreign Studies. She graduated from her MA study at ISU in Spring 2012 and is currently a PhD student in the ALT program at ISU. Mandy’s teaching experiences include working with middle school students on English reading, grammar and reading, and with college students on English writing and grammar. Her research experience has been related to designing teaching materials that are to published by the Department of State of America. Mandy’s primary research interests include second language acquisition, pronouncation, language testing and technology.
Monica G. Richards received her MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University, where she has taught pronunciation, speaking and teaching to international teaching assistants as well as listening/speaking, reading, writing and grammar to students in the Intensive English and Orientation Program. She has also taught a variety of English courses at Xiamen Educational College in Xiamen, China, and has led teacher-training workshops in Sumatra, Indonesia. Her primary research interests lay in pronunciation, second language vocabulary acquisition and CALL. She also enjoys materials development.
Victor D. O. Santos holds a B.A in Linguistics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and an M.A. in Language and Communication Technologies/Computational Linguistics from the University of Saarland (Germany) and the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He also holds an ICELT Certificate in English Language Teaching from the University of Cambridge. He has taught English for more than 6 years in Brazil. At the moment, Victor is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University (USA). His main academic interests are Language Learning and Language Testing. Some of his personal interests are music, reading, traveling, stand-up comedy, learning languages and understanding how the world functions.
Xuan Teng holds an MA in in Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and is now a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He has taught first-year Mandarin Chinese courses in Arizona State University and a variety of ESL classes at Iowa State University. His research interests include language testing, computer-mediated communication, the development of oral proficiency, and the use of computer technology for academic writing.
Sonca Vo received her MA in TESL from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA in 2011 as a Fulbright recipient. She has had experience teaching English as foreign language at University of Foreign Languages—the University of Danang, Vietnam for nearly 8 years. Her research interests include pronunciation, corpus linguistics, language assessment, curriculum and materials development, and second language teaching methods. Sonca has presented her work at Annual TESOL Graduate Student Forum, Arizona TESOL Conference, and Australian Council of TESOL Associations International TESOL Conference. She has published in journals such as CALICO, TESL-EJ, and Journal of Australian Council of TESOL Associations. She is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University, USA where she teaches ESL academic writing courses.
Ngan Hoa Vu received an MA’s degree in Applied Linguistics (CALL) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has taught English, and English for Specific Purposes at Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy, Vietnam. Her research investigates issues at the intersection of computer technology and applied linguistics. Her research interests include second/ foreign language (L2) learning, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and language testing. Currently, she is is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University.
Yongkook Won holds an MA degree in ELT Materials Development from the International Graduate School of English in Korea and BA degrees in English, law, and statistics. He is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University and teaches ESL writing courses to international students. His research interests include designing algorithms for automated essay assessment and enhancing language teaching and learning using Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) tools.
Jing Xu is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. His current research focuses on automated speech evaluation, validity theory, and multimedia language learning. Jing has published research papers in refereed journals such as Language Testing and CALICO, authored two book chapters, co-edited a volume, and contributed five entries to the second edition of Greenwood Dictionary of Education. He has also disseminated his research at various conferences including AAAL, AERA, CALICO, ECOLT, LTRC, MwALT, NAFSA, and SLRF. Jing is expected to graduate in spring 2015. His dissertation investigates the possibility of measuring collocations in extended learner speech to predict L2 oral proficiency.
Hyejin Yang holds an MA in TESL from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she taught ESL academic writing to international undergraduate students and intermediate Korean classes to the non-native speakers of Koreans. She also holds a TESOL certificate from Sookmyung Women’s University, South Korea and has various experiences in teaching children and university students in South Korea. She is currently teaching ESL writing classes to both undergraduate and graduate students at Iowa State University. Her research interests include language assessment and computer-assisted language learning. She is particularly interested in developing contents for language assessment and online language teaching materials.
Ziwei Zhou is a PhD 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.