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.
Abdulrahman Alharthi is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. He has a bachelor's degree in English Language from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. His research interests include language assessment (in particular listening tasks in high-stake tests such as IELTS and TOFEL), L2 listening comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, language motivation, and Directed Motivational Currents (DMC).
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.
Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University (ISU). She received her MA in TESOL at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 2017. She 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. She teaches academic writing courses to international graduate and undergraduate students at ISU. She is also a mentor coordinator, teaching assistance, and research assistance for Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom Global Online Course (GOC) at ISU. Her research interests are in corpus linguistics, academic writing, grammatical complexity, and disciplinary variation. She is also interested in literature, arts, and theatre. She has translated and published 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.
Zhi (Stone) Chen is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics & Technology. He has a BE in Materials Science from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and an MBA from The University of Western Ontario in Canada. Before coming to Iowa State, he worked as the senior director of Wall Street English Training Center in Beijing, China. His interests include second language acquisition, pronunciation, and computer-assisted language learning.
Denise Coberley is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics and Technology. She has a master's in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. Her interests are in science communication and the language of science policy. Her work has included the use of corpus linguistic analysis to determine grammatical features of agricultural and conservation communication within University Extension. Denise was a high school science teacher for 23 years before coming back to continue her education in 2018.
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.
Mahdi Duris is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) with a research interest in the area(s) of pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology. Specifically, the automation of intelligibility ratings by way of the Acoustic Masking and Intelligibility (AMI) theory. His passion for language developed as a child after living in the US, Senegal, Venezuela and France. He completed an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Saint Cloud State University (2020) while teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from George Mason University (2006) and also obtained a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from Cambridge University (2012). Mahdi has an experience of over 10 years teaching communication skills, financial literacy in Spanish, general and academic English at financial institutions and universities, including Capital One in the D.C. Metropolitan area, Technical and Vocational Training Schools (Jazan and Al-Qassim) and King Saud University (Riyadh) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Emily Dux Speltz
Emily Dux Speltz is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics from ISU. Her research interests center around the applications of writing-process research to computer-assisted writing pedagogy. Previously, she has enjoyed working as a communication consultant and the graduate assistant director at the Writing and Media Center. Currently, she enjoys teaching English 250 and conducting research on the ProWrite team. She also works as the social media and website manager for the Applied Linguistics program and teaches an honors seminar (HON 322L).
Idée Edalatishams is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology. Her primary research is in the areas of spoken corpus linguistics, pronunciation, and multilingual speakers' oral communication. She has presented her work at conferences such as AAAL, AACL, PSLLT, CALICO, SLRF, and TSLL. During her time in the PhD program, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses as well as graduate and undergraduate ESL courses focused on speaking, 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 ELT, taught English to adults and young adults at several language institutes and Sharif University. She now works at George Mason University as a Faculty ESL Specialist at the Writing Center.
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.
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.
Shangyu Jiang is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at ISU. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Southwest Jiaotong University and a master's degree in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University. His main research interests include corpus linguistics and register variation. Prior to joining ISU, he has taught EFL courses to undergraduate students in China.
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 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.
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 such as listening and speaking, English 101, and Academic English. She is interested in computer-assisted language testing, specifically assessment of integrated listening & speaking skills. She has presented at local conferences such as MwALT and TSLL.
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. She worked as a teaching assistant for the ISUComm Foundation courses for two years. Currently, she is working for the Online Learning Team (OLT) and the Writing and Media Center (WMC). Her research interests include language assessment, language processing, corpus linguistics, and bilingualism.
Tim Kochem is a fourth-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, teacher training, educational technology, classroom-based research, and distance education.
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.
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 Rehman, a PhD Candidate in ALT, 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. She taught a variety of ESL courses, ISUComm Foundation courses, and Introduction to Linguistics, 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 an Academic English Writing and Speaking Consultant at the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE), Graduate College. His research areas include L2 oral communication and pronunciation assessment, distance education, and teacher training. His work has been published in the European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL. He has presented at conferences such as TSLL, LARC, TESOL, CALICO, and Siabralitec. In 2018, he was an intern in the Summer Pre-Doctoral Research Experience (SPRE) program at Educational Testing Service (ETS).
Noëmie Sollier holds a B.A. in Applied Foreign Languages from Lyon 3 University, France. She received a PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) from St Mary’s University Twickenham, England, and an MA in French Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington. She first came to the United States as a Fulbright FLTA. Noëmie is passionate about second language acquisition and is particularly interested in fossilization, second language attainment and motivation. Her goal is to develop technological tools to help people learn languages independently. Her interests extend to several aspects of Computational Linguistics as well, such as speech recognition, automated translation, and machine learning.
April Tan is a 1st 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 Creative Advertising with a concentration in Leadership Studies from Drake University. Her research area is in the intersection of pronunciation and dialects, theater, and technology, ultimately culminating in her interest in computational sociophonetics. She currently works at the Center for Communication Excellence (CCE) as an Academic Communications Consultant. In addition to this, April has taught ENGL 150 and ENGL 250 here at Iowa State and has also been involved in a number of ISU Theater Productions.
Kristin Terrill is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She has a BA in English and a MA in Professional Writing, both from Northern Arizona University. Her research is in the area of English for Academic Purposes, with a focus on thesis and dissertation writing. She is currently researching the use of automated writing evaluation (AWE) in tutoring contexts, and is also interested in intelligent tutoring systems (ITS). Kristin has taught composition, English for native speakers of other languages, and an Honors course on preparing scholarship applications. She works as a writing and speaking tutor, specializing in thesis and dissertation writing and applications for nationally competitive awards. Kristin has presented her research at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (2018) conference, the British Association of Lecturers of English for Academic Purposes (2019) conference, and the International Conference on Writing Analytics (2019).
Erin Todey 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 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 has more than five years of experience teaching second language, including English and Japanese, to K-12 to college students. His research interests include computer assisted language learning, instructed second language acquisition, and second language assessment. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Foreign Language Annals, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, and Language Learning & Technology. His non-academic interests include badminton, table tennis, and reversi.
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.