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Karolina Achirri holds an MA in English. She taught in Poland, England and China for 12 years and worked as an IELTS Speaking and Writing examiner. She published two books on IELTS and a cultural memoir on her life in China. Karolina is currently in her third year, working as a Teaching Assistant for LLT 361 (Second Language Learning) and LLT 346 (Pedagogical Grammar). She is also a fellow for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Teaching at James Madison College. Her research interests include teacher identity, Chinese students' academic adaptation in the US, and intercultural language learning and teaching.
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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 a 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 acquisition of Swahili morphosyntax. She is a graduate assistant with CeLTA, where she participates in developing course modules for Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) under the Mellon grant.
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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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Yingzhao Chen joined the SLS program in Fall 2018. She received her MA in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland and her BA in English Language and Literature from Sun Yat-sen University in China. Prior to joining the program, she worked as an EFL teacher in Beijing. Her research interests include instructed SLA, implicit and explicit learning, and second language processing.
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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 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. She currently teaches Korean language courses for both beginner and advanced-level students. Her research interests include second language production: speaking and writing, computer-assisted language learning, and cognitive processing.
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Yerahm Choung joined the SLS program in 2018 with a Fulbright scholarship. She earned her BA and MA in English Language Education from Seoul National University. Her research interests include corpus linguistics, second-language (L2) learners' writing, and cultural and individual issues in second-language acquisition and learning.
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Caitlin Cornell earned her MA in Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught English and trained teachers since 2007. She completed two fellowships with the U.S. State Dept. ELF program. She serves as co-chair of SLRF 2019 and as graduate representative for the Accessible Learning Conference. In 2018, she interned with the EL and Accessibility Specialist at the Michigan Department of Education. She teaches LLT 307: Methods of Language Teaching. Her interests include CALL, online learning, accessible learning (e.g., for language learners with disabilities), and U.S. language policy.
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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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Curtis Green-Eneix is a first-year student in the SLS Ph.D. program. He earned his MA in TESOL at the University of Arizona and his BA in English focusing on Linguistics at Boise State University. He is a McNair Scholar and Fellow who has taught English for academic purposes at the University of Arizona. Currently, he is assisting Dr. De Costa with research. His research interest includes teacher development, interactionalist approaches, teacher and student identity (re)construction, positionality, critical discourse analysis, mobility and education, and refugee/immigrant perspectives into language and content learning.
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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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Lee Her is a first year Ph.D. student. She is a recipient of the MSU university distinguished fellowship and has experience teaching English abroad in Thailand. She received her MA in TESOL from San Jose State University and a BA in literature from UC Santa Cruz. Her research interests include learner and teacher identity, learner motivation and intercultural communication particularly within the Hmong community.
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Bronson Hui earned his Master's at Oxford and BA and BEd at the University of Hong Kong. He taught EFL in Hong Kong before his doctoral training. He now uses reaction time and eye-tracking experiments to investigate second language processing. He has been working on processing variability in novel word learning, the role of processing automaticity in second language listening, and comprehension in audio-assisted reading.
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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 Dan's research interests include language assessment, L2 pronunciation, instructed SLA, and the use of technology in language learning. 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 Korea. At MSU, Dan has taught language teaching methods and pedagogical grammar, and worked as a research assistant. Dan has also interned at Michigan Language Assessment (then CaMLA) and worked at the ELC Testing Office at MSU. Thanks to a Fulbright U.S. Student grant, Dan is currently in Korea working on his dissertation.
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Matt Kessler is a second-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. Now at MSU, he currently teaches LLT 306: Adult Language Teaching Methods. His research interests include L2 writing, genre, 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 in the States. Currently she is the lab manager of the EyeLink lab at MSU. Her research interests include 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 writing assessment, proficiency standards, and corpus linguistics. She received her B.A. in English and M.Ed. in English Education from Yonsei University, South Korea. Before joining this program, Susie worked at the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation as a research intern and assistant. At Michigan State, she has taught Korean language courses and worked as a research assistant in the English Language Center Testing Office. Currently, she is teaching LLT 346 (Pedagogical Grammar) and working on her dissertation.
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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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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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Wenyue Melody Ma received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and then joined the SLS program in the Fall of 2018. Before her MA studies, she worked as an intern at Disney English in China. She has been doing research on second language assessment including proficiency tests and assessing writing. Currently she is a graduate research assistant working at Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).
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Ryo Maie is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies program. He received a B.A. in English and Language Sciences from Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan, and M.A. in Second Language Acquisition from University of Maryland, College Park. He started his academic study in linguistics and cognitive psychology, and his current research interests include second language cognition, explicit and implicit learning, usage-based and cognitive linguistics approaches to language development, and task-based language teaching.
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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 Russian Immersion Program and two years as an ESL instructor at Kent State University. Dmitrii’s research interests include psycholinguistics, instructed SLA, and corpus linguistics. He is specifically interested in acquisition of Russian as a foreign language.
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Hima 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 has served as a graduate student representative on MSU's College Graduate Committee, and College Advisory Council. Currently, she is working as an editorial assistant for the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and is representing graduate students in the College Curriculum Committee.
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Myeongeun Son is currently in her third year of the SLS Ph.D. program. Her research interests include L2 grammar acquisition and L2 syntactic processing. Before joining the program, she received her BA in English linguistics, and MA in TESOL at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. She is currently working for the project of Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership at Center For Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA).
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Özgehan Uştuk is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at Dokuz Eylul University-Turkey. He is a Fulbright visiting student/researcher at MSU-SLS program in 2018-2019 academic year working on his dissertation about EFL teacher development. He holds two MAs, first in theatre pedagogy and second in English language teaching. He is a research assistant at Balikesir University in Turkey. He also runs an NGO called Teachers for the Future organizing Erasmus+ projects on professional development for disadvantaged EFL teachers. His research interests include drama/theatre in education, EFL teacher development and education, teacher cognition, and emotions.
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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. After joining the SLS program, Xiaowan has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Paula Winke on various testing and policy related projects. She currently teaches LLT 361 (second Language Learning) to undergraduate students. Xiaowan’s research interests include language testing and assessment, language policy, instructed SLA, and quantitative research methods.