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.
Ella Alhudithi is currently a PhD 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.
Mutleb Alnafisah is a PhD 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 MA 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.
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.
Shireen Baghestani is a PhD 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.
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.
My name is Kim Becker and I started the PhD in Applied Linguistics and Technology in Fall 2015. My research interests include computer-assisted language learning and corpus linguistics. I grew up in Mississippi where I earned a BA in English and then was a Teach for America Corps Member. I earned an MA TESOL at Northern Arizona University and afterward taught ESL for nearly ten years—primarily at a community college in Nashville, Tennessee—before moving to Ames. My household includes one husband, two sons (born in 2004 and 2009), five chickens, and a pet snake. We live in a home we bought near downtown Ames.
I am happy to answer questions about anything, but in particular, I have experiences to share about enrolling children in public schools, purchasing a home in Ames, trying to manage a family while in grad school, and raising backyard hens.
Bonus tip: I encourage you to freely ask questions of faculty, staff, and students. No one can learn everything from the POS Manual or website information. I wish I had asked more questions instead of assuming that I “should” know it all or that asking questions made me seem uninformed. As for food, I like the mac and cheese and homemade chips/dip at the Cafe, pizza at Vesuvius, and Scotch eggs, scones, and tea at the Mucky Duck pub.
Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at ISU. She received her MA in TESOL at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 2017. She also earned her BA 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 instructor 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.
Michael A. Curtis is a graduate student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) PhD program. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Northern Iowa, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science at University of Maryland University College, and two Associate of Applied Science degrees (Communications Applications Technology and Instructor in Technology) at the Community College of the Air Force. Michael served 21 years in the military. For the past two years, while working on his master's degree, he has 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.
Nergis Danis is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds an MA 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.
Idée Edalatishams holds an MA in ELT and a BA in English Translation from Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Her primary research is on spoken language, pronunciation, identity, and ITAs, mainly through corpus linguistics as methodology. She has presented her work in conferences such as PSLLT, AACL, SLRF, CALICO, and TSLL. During her first 4 years in the PhD 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 as a speaking/writing consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College.
Back in her home country, Iran, she was an English Translation major as an undergraduate, got a Master’s in TESL, taught English to adults and young adults at several language institutes and a university, and worked as a newscaster/translator in the English Radio. She loves trying new foods and cultures, therefore travelling and finding new friends. She would be happy to provide advice on: developing plans for PhD coursework; teaching any of the courses she has taught; applying for non-teaching jobs such as at the WMC; and traveling and visa processes for Iranians. She can also provide support for new (particularly international) students regarding cultural differences and adapting to their new life in Ames as well as possible difficulties that come with being a PhD student.
Tom Elliott is an PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He received B.A.s in Linguistics and French, and an MA 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.
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 MA degree from the University of Delaware. Her dream came true as she is currently honored to be back to ISU as a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. Her research interest is mainly second language pronunciation and oral communication assessment.
Andrea Flinn is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Andrea holds an MA 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.
Ali Garib is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds an MA in Linguistics from Arizona State University and an MA 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.
Joe Geluso is in the PhD program in Applied Linguistics and Technology. His studies focus mainly on corpus linguistics, phraseology, and SLA.
Outside of the ALT program, his life consists of spending time with his kids (5 and 8 years old). Typical activities include scooting around and exploring Ames on their A5 Lux kick scooters, refining ground strokes on the tennis court, kicking balls on the soccer field, building Legos, and studying Japanese together. He would be happy to share information about Ames related to family life (e.g., where to live, schools in the district, etc.). He also has a lot to say on the coursework in the program and which courses to take and in what sequence if he had the chance to do it all over again.
Nazlinur Gokturk Tuney
Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney holds an MA in TEFL from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and a BA in English Language Teaching from Hacettepe University, Turkey. Prior to joining ISU as a PhD 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.
Erik Goodale is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He earned his MA 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.
Agata Guskaroska is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature, first MA degree in Applied Linguistics from FON University and second MA 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.
Being a sponsored student, she can share advice and tips on anything that you may need as a new international or Fulbright student. Starting a new chapter in your life, adapting to a new educational system and integrating into a new culture, and gathering a pile of documents may be overwhelming and difficult at the beginning. She encourages students to be well-organized, ask questions, and create checklists.
In order to assist newcomers, she and classmate created an iBook called ‘The Ultimate Guide to surviving the first semester at ISU’ where you can find information about any type of assistance that you may need. This iBook is inspired by the authors’ need of support in the first semester. Theyt strongly believe it will provide excellent support for you! It covers many areas, starting from tips on navigating the city, to campus resources, surviving the emotional breakdown, and interesting facts about the American Culture. The iBook can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/ultimate-guide-to-surviving-your-first-semester-at/id1364951058?mt=11
Rosalie “Roz” Hirch is a PhD 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 SLRF, LTRC, and AAAL She originally comes from Canada—Medicine Hat, Alberta, to be exact. She has also lived in Korea and Taiwan.
Roz is single and lives by herself, though she has 2 cats that have lived with her in all of the countries in which she has lived, so among other things, she can give advice about moving when you have pets. She is happy to answer questions about language assessment courses, general coursework, living off-campus, student visa (esp. for Canadians), clothes shopping, pets, and ridiculously cute cat pictures.
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.
Yasin Karatay holds a BA in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University and an MA 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 elective courses such as Sports as a Way of Life, Photography, and Technology for Professional Students. He has presented at local and international conferences, including IATEFL and EuroCALL. He has worked as an EFL instructor and assistant director at Duzce University in Turkey. He is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program and an ESL instructor at Iowa State University. His research interests are automated writing evaluation, CALL use in material development and assessment, and second language acquisition.
Leyla Karatay holds a BA from Ataturk University in Turkey and an MA 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.
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 PhD 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.
Haeun Kim, also known as Hannah Kim, is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She holds a BA and a EdM 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, corpus linguistics, and bilingualism.
Timothy Kochem holds an MA in TESOL from West Chester University and a BS in Business Management and Human Resources from Wilmington University. He is a second-year ALT PhD student. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences. His work has been published in journals such as International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, Journal of Interactive Learning Research, GSTF’s Journal on Education, as well as others. Tim’s research interests include TESOL, teacher development, distance education, and computational linguistics. He currently has assistantships for the American English E-Teacher Program and for the Center of Communication Excellence in the Graduate College.
Sebnem Kurt is a PhD student at Applied Linguistics and Technology Program (ALT) at Iowa State Univesity. She holds an MA 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.
Elizabeth Lee is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State. She is developing and evaluating classroom-based and program-level L2 reading assessments. Elizabeth received an ISU Brown Fellowship Award for the 2018-19 academic year. With the support of the Brown Fellowship, she will be investigating how assessments can better reflect the standards of the curriculum and diagnose learners' literacy strengths and weaknesses. This project closes some of the mysterious "gaps" that surround L2 reading by developing practical-yet-effective assessment tools.
Ananda Muhammad is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She started her PhD after graduating with her MA in TESL/Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University as a Fulbright Scholar. She is originally from the wonderful tropical Indonesia where she taught for two years after graduating with a BA in English Language and Literature from Universitas Hasanuddin. During those two years, she taught people of various ages and backgrounds in different settings: private language schools and higher education. Currently her research interests are in computer-assisted language learning and language assessment, specifically in the area of pragmatics.
She knows quite a bit about life as a Foreign Fulbright Student in the U.S. She served for approximately 2 years as the President of the Fulbright Students and Scholars at ISU organization. She would be happy to share advice about navigating the U.S. academic setting as a Foreign Fulbright Student, Other areas she is happy to share advice on: securing funding from the Graduate College and English Department for conference travels, being a teaching assistant, travelling and visa processes for Indonesians, housing in Ames, and being involved in student organizations.
Phuong Nguyen received her MA 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 PhD 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.
Chris Nuttall is a PhD 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 MA 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.
Altay Ozkul holds a BA in English translation & interpreting from Izmir University of Economics, Turkey and an MA 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.
Agustinus Hardi Prasetyo 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 MA 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.
Ivana Lucic holds a BS in Business English (University of Mediterranean), and a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Montenegro). She earned an MA 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.
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.
Liberato Silva dos Santos
Liberato Silva dos Santos is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and 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. in English and Portuguese from the Catholic University of Goias, Brazil, and an M. 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 recently participated in an eight-week summer internship program at Educational Testing Service (ETS) where 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).
Kristin Terrill is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State. Both her BA and MA are from Northern Arizona University, where she studied English Literature and Professional Writing. Outside of academics, she has worked as a technical writer and quality assurance generalist in engineering companies. My research interests include discourse analysis, morphology, semantics, and computer science.
She is happy to answer questions about teaching ISUComm, project planning, group projects, and research proposals. She lives off-campus and commutes (as much as possible) by bicycle. She has 2 dogs and a cat. She can recommend a good veterinarian, mechanic, and CPA. If you like cooking at home, talk to her about recipes that are good for reheating as leftovers.
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.
Taichi Yamashita is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. He holds a BA in English Teaching from Mie University in Japan and an MA 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.
Junghun Yang is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. He holds an MA 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.
Zoe Zawadzki is currently a PhD 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.
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.