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Lena AlHammad 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.
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Zaha Alonazi 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.
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name 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.
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Kimberly Pace Becker Kimberly Pace Becker holds an MA 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, AACL, MidTESOL, and The National Reading Conference.
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 Fatemeh Bordbarjavidi is a Ph.D student in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) at ISU. She received her MA 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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Mo Chen Mo Chen is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) program. She holds her first master degree from University of Cincinnati, majoring in TESL and second master degree from Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in Applied Second Language Acquisition. 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, automated writing evaluation and corpus linguistics.
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name 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.
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Kelly J Cunningham Kelly J Cunningham holds an MA in intercultural studies & TESOL and a graduate level certificate in online teaching. She taught face-to-face and online courses in a variety of ESL programs prior to coming to ISU. She has 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, NAFSA, AACL, AAAL, and CALICO and has published in JEAP. Her recent work has included UX and Systemic Functional Linguistic perspectives of technology-mediated feedback and corpus & discourse analysis of niche genres related to her undergraduate majors of art and mathematics. Her latest venture is a collaboration that aims to bring CALL research into perspective using bibliometrics. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Applied Linguistics & Technology and Human-Computer Interaction programs at Iowa State and coordinates Graduate Peer Review Groups for the Center for Communication Excellence and a research group in the School of Education.
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Ahmet Dursun 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.
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Idée Edalatishams Idée Edalatishams holds an MA in ELT and a BA in English Translation from Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Her primary research interests fall within the areas of corpus linguistic, discourse analysis, identity, pronunciation, and accentedness. During her first three years in the PhD program, she has taught ISUComm Foundation Courses as well as ESL courses focusing on ITAs’ speaking and undergraduate writing, listening, and reading. She has also worked as a graduate communication consultant at the Writing and Media Center and will continue tutoring for speaking/writing at the Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College.
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Agustinus Hardi Prasetyo (Hardi) is a faculty member at the English Language Education Study Program, Teachers Training and Education Faculty, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his Bachelor degree in English Language Education from Sanata Dharma University in 1999, while his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2004. His research interest is second language assessment, second language teacher education, CALL, and second language acquisition.
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Joe Geluso Joe Geluso earned his MA 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 SLA, cognitive linguistics, corpus 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, CALICO, and JALT, and published in journals including Computer Assisted Language Learning and ReCALL.
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Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney Nazlinur Gokturk-Tuney holds an MA 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 PhD student, she worked as a curriculum coordinator, and an EFL instructor at Hacettepe University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language testing, assessment of oral communication skills, and automated speech recognition (ASR) systems.
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Rosalie Hirch 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 key word and key phrase analysis to describe applied linguistics program specializations. She has done presentations at SLRF and LTRC.
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Rosalie Hirch Haeyun Jin holds BA and MA degrees in English Language Education from Seoul National University in South Korea. She is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She is currently a Fulbright scholar. Her research interests include SLA, language assessment, CALL, corpus linguistics, and L2 writing in general.
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Kadir Karakaya 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.
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Kadir Karakaya 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.
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Hyunwoo Kim 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.
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Jeremy Lockwood Jeremy Lockwood earned his BA from Iowa State University double majoring in linguistics and Russian studies. He earned his MA from Iowa State in applied linguistics/TESL, specializing in English for specific purposes. His academic interests are in systemic functional linguistics, language acquisition, oral academic language, and assessment of oral language. Outside of academics, his interests are in music (He plays tuba and bagpipes), brewing beer, rockhounding, and fishing.
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Ivana Lucic Ivana Lucic holds a B.S. in Business English (University of Mediterranean), and a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy (University of Montenegro). Last year, she earned an M.A. in TESL at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Prior to joining ISU as a PhD student in the ALT program, she taught ESL at SCSU’s Intensive English Program. Her primary research interests are in the area of pronunciation, phonetics, and phonology. She is also interested in linguistic investigation of Western South Slavic languages.
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Rania Mohammed Rania Mohammed is currently a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She received her MA degree in TESL and Applied Linguistics at Iowa State University in 2013 and her BA in English language at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 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 English for Specific purposes for medical students as well as Medical Terminology courses. Her research interests include prosodic features of formulaic language and material design.
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Ananda Muhammad Ananda Muhammad holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia and an MA 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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Phuong Nguyen Phuong Nguyen is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology and a minor in Statistics at Iowa State University (ISU). She earned my MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Melbourne in 2009. Prior to coming to ISU, she taught general English and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Her research interests include CALL and language assessment, especially  integrated writing assessment. At ISU, she has taught first year composition courses (ENGL150/250) and ESL courses. Currently, she works at an assistant coordinator for the English Placement Test (EPT) and a research assistant.
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Mandy Qian 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, pronunciation, language testing and technology.
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Liberato Silva dos Santos Liberato Silva dos Santos is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics & Technology program, and a graduate teaching assistant with the Department of English. 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, where he teaches both secondary and higher education students enrolled in technical, technological, and professional programs. His areas of interest include CALL learning & testing, classroom research, material design, and teacher training.
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Alif Silpachai Alif Silpachai is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. He holds an MA 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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Jordan Smith Jordan Smith is a PhD student at Iowa State University co-majoring in Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) and Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT). He holds a BA in English language from Brigham Young University and an MPC (master of professional communication) from Weber State University. His research interests lie primarily in the area of English Language Studies, focusing specifically on using corpus linguistic methods to study issues related to English standardization, variation, and grammar. Outside of school, Jordan enjoys running and fitness, trying to keep up with what people are saying about popular music, and spending time with his wife and three young daughters.
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Kristin Terrill Kristin Terrill studied at Northern Arizona University, earning a BA in English and an MA in English: Professional Writing. Her areas of interest include sociolinguistics, historiolinguistics, and computer science.
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Sonca Vo 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.
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Yongkook Won 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.
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Taichi Yamashita 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.
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Ziwei Zhou 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.
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