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Achirri
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Karolina Achirri holds an MA in English Philology. She taught English in Poland and China for over 12 years. She has been an IELTS Speaking and Writing examiner for over four years, certified by The British Council. She published two books on IELTS Speaking and Writing in 2015 and a cultural memoir on her life in China in 2017. Karolina is currently in her second year, working as a Research Assistant to Dr. Peter De Costa. Her research interests include intercultural language learning and teaching, teacher identity, and Chinese students' academic adaptation in the United States.
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Jieun (Irene) Ahn received a BA in English Language and Literature and a MA in Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language from Ewha Womans University in Korea. During her MA work, she was an RA on a grant-funded research project on L2-Korean learners’ individual differences. In the SLS program, she has been working as an RA on various eye-tracking projects. Her research interests revolve around psycholinguistic approaches to second language acquisition and interactionist approaches to instructed second language learning.
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Magdalyne Oguti Akiding earned a B.Ed. in English language and Literature from Pwani University in Kenya. She has taught English and Swahili languages and literature to Kenyan high school students. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University, where she taught Swahili for 2 years as a TA. Her research interests are in SLA cognitive processes and crosslinguistic influence/language transfer. She is a graduate assistant with CeLTA, where she participates in developing Swahili course modules for the LCTL Partnership.
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Mashael AlGana received her MA in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University and her BA in English from King Khalid University. She also worked as a teaching assistant at King Khalid University and taught English as a foreign language for five years. Mashael is currently a Ph.D. student in the SLS program at MSU. Her research interests include instructed SLA, computer assisted language learning, and input processing.
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Roman Chepyshko earned his MA in SLA and Teaching at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. He taught L2 English to learners of all ages and proficiency levels. He’s primarily interested in how second language learners’ moment- by-moment experiences of a new language translate into their novel communicative capacities, what learning challenges they face, and how these challenges can be addressed by L2 instruction. At MSU, he taught teacher-training courses for pre/in-service K-12 teachers seeking TESOL certification.
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Ina Choi is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies. Her research interests include psycholinguistic approaches on second language acquisition, vocabulary learning, and vocabulary tests. At MSU, she has taught Pedagogical Grammar, Second Language Learning, and third-year Korean. She received her MA in Foreign and Second Language Education from the Ohio State University and her BA in English Language Education from Inha University in Korea.
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Jin Soo Choi joined the SLS Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2017 as a Fulbright scholar. She received her BA in Linguistics and English Literature from Korea University and MA in TESOL from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. Her research interests include second language speaking, computer-assisted language learning, cognitive science, and second language fluency.
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Caitlin Cornell earned her MA in Linguistics with a Specialization in TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught and developed curriculum for several English programs in Chicago in addition to completing two English Language Fellowships from the U.S. State Department to teach English and train language teachers in Lebanon. Her research interests include technology enhanced language learning, online and blended learning, and language learning for students with disabilities.
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Dustin Crowther is a 4th year PhD Candidate. His research interests center on the perception of nonnative speech by both native and nonnative listeners, focusing on aspects of interaction (linguistic and social) that promote mutual intelligibility. Dustin has thus far worked as an RA on a diverse range of projects, along with two years as an editorial assistant for SSLA. He is currently instructing LLT 307: Language Teaching Methods, and has previously taught LLT 361: Second Language Learning. He previously completed an MA in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada.
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Yaqiong Cui received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at East China Normal University, Shanghai. From 2009-2012, she studied in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her M.A. degree. During that period, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant teaching Chinese to undergraduates at U of I. She joined the SLS program at MSU in Fall 2012.
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Xuehong He is currently a third-year student in the SLS Ph.D. program. Her research interests include instructed SLA and L2 vocabulary acquisition, with a major focus on Chinese as a foreign/second language. She received her M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and her BA in English in Sun Yat-sen University in China.
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Bronson Hui was an EFL teacher in Hong Kong prior to his doctoral training at MSU. His main research interests lie in using experimental psycholinguisitics methods, such as eye-tracking, to investigate bimodal input (e.g., captioned media), L1 use in EFL learning and teaching, and vocabulary acquisition. He received his MSc from Oxford in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, and his BA and BEd from University of Hong Kong in English Language and Linguistics, and English Language Education.
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Elizabeth (Lizz) Huntley  holds dual master’s degrees in Teaching Arabic as Foreign Language and in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. She has taught college-level at Cornell University and the University of Michigan for the past five years. Huntley is the former director of the STARTALK Arabic Summer Academy of the Boston Public Schools. In her former life, she was the resident coordinator for Middlebury College’s School in the Middle East in Egypt. Huntley’s research interests include curriculum design and second-language acquisition for multiglossic languages.
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Daniel R. Isbell Before joining the SLS program, Dan earned an M.A. in TESL from Northern Arizona University and taught ESL/EFL for over five years in the US and South Korea. At MSU, Dan has taught an undergraduate language teaching methods course and worked as a research assistant. Dan recently interned at Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments (CaMLA) and is currently working in the ELC Testing Office at MSU. Dan's primary research interests are language assessment and instructed SLA.
Kessler
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Matthew Kessler is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies program. Prior to joining SLS, Matt taught English in Thailand through a Fulbright grant, and before that, as an adjunct for Ohio University’s English Language Improvement Program. Matt earned his B.A. in English and M.A. in applied linguistics from Ohio University. His research interests include L2 writing, learner identity, and computer-assisted language learning.
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Kathy Minhye Kim joined the SLS program in fall 2015. She earned her Ed.M in TESOL at Boston University in 2013. Before joining the program, she was a RA in the Child Language Lab at Boston University and has taught Korean and English at various institutions in Korea and the States. Her research interests mainly lie in Psycholinguistics and ISLA.
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Susie Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the SLS program. Her primary research interests involve second language assessment and corpus linguistics. She received her BA in English and M.Ed in English Education from Yonsei University. Before joining this program, Susie worked at Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation as a research intern and assistant. At MSU, she taught Korean language courses for five semesters and is currently working as a research assistant in the English Language Center Testing Office.
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Natalya Koval received her MA in SLA from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Susan Gass and Dr. Patti Spinner. Her main interests include cognitive mechanisms underlying SLA, attention, memory, noticing, L2 psycholinguistics, second/bilingual language processing, research methods in language science, cognitive science, and SLA.
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Jongbong Lee joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Studies in 2015. Before coming to Michigan State, he taught English and Korean in various locations in Korea and the U.S. His research interests include second language writing, corpus linguistics, interactional feedback, and language assessment. He holds an M.A. in TESL from Georgetown University as well as a B.A. and an M.A. in English Language Education from Korea University.
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Shinhye Lee received her BA in History and English Education from Hongik University and an MA in English Education from Ewha Womans University. She has been a research assistant for Drs. Paula Winke and Susan Gass for the Language Proficiency Flagship Initiative and taught undergraduate language and American culture courses. She worked as an item writer/reviewer for ACTFL Reading/Listening Proficiency Tests on Korean, and interned at WIDA. Shinhye is currently on a college-level fellowship, writing her dissertation on issues on  speaking performance assessment.
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Wenjing (Wendy) Li is a Ph.D. student of Second Language Studies program in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University. Before coming to United States, she taught English as a foreign language in different educational institutions in China. Her research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language teacher identity, and language pedagogy. She holds an MA in TESOL from Lancaster University, UK.
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Jungmin Lim joined the SLS Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2015 as a Fulbright scholar. She received her BA in English Education and MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Ewha Womans University, Korea. She currently works as an editorial assistant for TESOL Quarterly. Her research interests include second language writing, language testing, and computer-assisted language learning.
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Jie Liu received her MA in Linguistics from University of Kansas. She joined the SLS program in 2014. Her research interests include L2 acquisition of morphosyntax and L2 sentence processing. She has taught 100/200/300 level Chinese at MSU, and currently working as a graduate assistant in the project of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, Center For Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).
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Jeffrey Maloney became interested in language learning and teaching as a 19-year-old in Brazil. His immersion experience had a large impact on him and inspired him to pursue an education that would enable him to assist people with their language learning goals. He received a BA in communications from Brigham Young University–Idaho and a MA in applied linguistics from Ohio University. He is researching how interaction can assist L2 writing, as well as how technology can impact language learning processes.
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Dmitrii Pastushenkov's background includes work in Russian and American universities in the areas of foreign language teaching, translation, and editing. Dmitrii holds a BA in Foreign Language Pedagogy from Tver State University (Russia) and two Masters from Kent State University (dual MA in Translation/MBA and MA in TESL). His teaching experience includes work in the STARTALK Program and two years as an ESL instructor at KSU. Dmitrii’s primary research interests are peer interaction and the effects of individual differences on L2 acquisition.
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Hima Kumari Rawal, as a Fulbright scholar, received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University. She received her MA and BA in English Education from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. She is a lecturer on-leave from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Recently, she has served as a graduate student representative on MSU's College Graduate Committee. Currently, she is working as an editorial assistant for the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and as a section editor for the MSU Working Papers in Second Language Studies.
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Myeongeun Son is currently in her second year of the SLS Ph.D. program, working at Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Her research interests lie in L2 grammar acquisition and L2 syntactic input processing. Before joining the program, she received her BA in English linguistics and MA in TESOL at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea.
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Magda Tigchelaar completed her BA and MA in French Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada. She taught French during her MA and English in France and Korea. At MSU she has taught language and culture classes with the English Language Center, French for Kids and Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, in addition to teaching methods courses. She currently works as an editorial assitant for Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include L2 writing and assessment.
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Irina Zaykovskaya received her BA in Russian and English Languages, MA in Language Education and defended a dissertation at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia (St. Petersburg). Her teaching experience (EFL, English for Specific Purposes, Russian as a Foreign Language) led to her interest in second language studies, and she joined the SLS program in 2014. Her research interests include variationist sociolinguistics (discourse pragmatics), study abroad, and language ideology and identity. She taught Russian 101/102 and is currently teaching LLT361 (Second Language Learning) at MSU.
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Xiaowan Zhang received her BA in English Language and LIterature from Wuhan University in China and her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She's currently a first-year PhD in the SLS program, working as a research assistant for Dr. Paula Winke. Her primary research interests are in language testing and assessment.