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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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Nawaf Alsallami 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.
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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, corpus linguistics, and assessment, specifically with regard to adult immigrant ESL learners. She has presented at numerous conferences including the National Reading Conference, Tennessee TESOL, the Graduate Student forum at TESOL International, and published an article in Penn State’s academic advising journal, The Mentor.
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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. 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.
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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 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 taught ISUComm Foundation Courses during her first year and now teaches an ESL writing course, ENGL 101C, and works as a graduate communication consultant at the Writing and Media Center.
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Stephanie Fuccio Stephanie Fuccio is a PhD student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program. She holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Arizona. Previous degrees/certifications include a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages) from Cambridge via Hanoi, Vietnam. She spent about a decade teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Business English overseas in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Japan, and the UAE. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics; CALL; and L2 writing in general, feedback specifically. Her Master’s thesis involved using Google Docs in the L2 writing classroom and can be found here: http://joglep.com/files/9314/4067/9243/S._Fuccio.pdf.
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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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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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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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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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Huong Le 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, and continued to join in the ALT Ph.D program in Fall 2012. Her research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Automatic Evaluation Writing, Curriculum Design, Materials Development, and Formative Language Testing and Assessment. She has taught many ESL courses and two foundational communication courses (ENGL150 and ENGL250) at ISU. She is currently working on developing materials for the Cultural Orientation Modules (CyCOM) under the direct supervision of Sarah Davis and teaching an 101C writing course for international college students.
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Joo-Young Lee 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.
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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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Hong Ma Hong Ma is a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. Her primary research interests lay in computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics and language testing. Her work has been published in CALICO journal, System and Writing & Pedagogy. She is currently leading multiple research projects, which develop and evaluate a pattern grammar inspired computer-assisted vocabulary-learning tool (PAT GRAM) and extract more pedagogy-informed grammar pattern lists using programming language.
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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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Phuong Nguyen Phuong Nguyen is currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics and Technology at Iowa State University. She earned my MA in Applied Linguistics from The University of Melbourne in 2009. Her research interests include CALL and language assessment, especially in listening assessment and integrated writing assessment. Currently, she is an ESL instructor at Iowa State University.
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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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Monica G. Richards 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.
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Victor D. O. Santos 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.
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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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Evan Simpson Evan Simpson is an ALT PhD student who has been teaching ESL/EFL since 2003 and holds an MA in ESL from University of Arizona. He currently teaches English 150 as part of the ISU COMM Foundations program and has presented at conferences in the US and Asia on CALL, Pronunciation, Methodology and EAP.
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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 English grammar, editing, discourse analysis, and information design.
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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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Ngan Hoa Vu 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. Currently, Ngan is working as a webmaster for the Applied Linguistics Program website at ISU. She’s also a research assistant for Dr. Elena Cotos’ project to validate the interpretation of TOEFL iBT® Speaking Scores for ITA screening and certification purposes. Her research interests include second/ foreign language (L2) learning, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and language testing. She has developed interests in exploratory data analysis, data mining and data visualization. For her dissertation project, she is building predictive models of essay quality by using Random Forests.
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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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Hyejin Yang Hyejin Yang is a Ph.D. candidate of Applied linguistics and technology at Iowa State University. Her research interests focus on language assessment, Computer-assisted language learning, and L2 speaking and writing. Her dissertation investigates validating a test of oral language proficiency used to certify international teaching assistants, for which she developed a web-based rating system. She has published her work in System and CALICO Journal, and presented her research at professional conferences such as LTRC, MwALT, SLRF, and CALICO, etc.
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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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