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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. Karolina is currently in her fourth year, working as a Teaching Assistant for LLT 307: Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methods. Her research interests include sociocultural approaches to SLA, intercultural communication and qualitative methodologies. She is writing a dissertation in which she looks at the experiences of Chinese undergraduate students and those of their instructors in the U.S. through the lens of interculturality.
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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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J. Dylan Burton joined the SLS program in May of 2019 after 15 years working in the field of language teaching and assessment in Japan, Spain, and China. He is currently acting as Editorial Assistant for the journal Language Testing with co-editor Paula Winke. He holds a BA in Mathematics from Hendrix College and an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University. Dylan’s research interests include the development and validation of speaking tests, rater cognition, and language assessment literacy.
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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 and trained teachers since 2007. She completed two fellowships with the U.S. State Dept. ELF program. She was co-chair of SLRF 2019 and is a graduate representative to the Accessible Learning Conference. In 2018, she interned with the EL and Accessibility Specialist at the Michigan Department of Education. She teaches Methods of Language Teaching. Her interests include CALL, online learning, accessible learning for those 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 second-year student in the SLS Ph.D. program. He earned his MA in TESOL at the University of Arizona. 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, power dynamics in the classroom, critical discourse analysis, as well as mobility and education.
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Kevin Fedewa has an MA in Chinese Studies from Valparaiso University and an MA in TESOL from MSU. He has been teaching since 2009 and has taken on administrative and coordinator roles since 2013. He currently leads short-term study abroad, teaches ESL and Mandarin, and directs the ESL programs (EAP, ESP, and short-term programs) at Kettering University. His research interests lie in Language for Specific Purposes, task-based language teaching, as well as program development and evaluation.

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Brittany Finch is a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies program. She earned her M.A. in TESL and B.A. in TESL and Spanish, Literature, Culture, and Translation from Kent State University. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, bilingualism, lexical processing, cognitive processes in reading and predictive processing.

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Xuehong (Stella) He is a Ph.D. candidate in the SLS program. Her research interests include Instructed Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition, and English and Chinese as Second/Foreign Languages. She is also an experienced language instructor and teacher educator. Stella completed her M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and her B.A. in English (Translation and Interpreting) at Sun Yat-sen University in China. More information about Stella can be found on her personal website.
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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 employs psycholinguistic methods and cognitive measures such as reaction times and eye tracking to understand how L2 Arabic (particularly as a di/multiglossic language) is represented in the mind. As a former Arabic teacher, study abroad coordinator, and textbook writer, she seeks to translate empirical findings to the L2 classroom. Lizz is also the editorial assistant for Studies in Second Language Acquisition..
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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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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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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 joined the SLS program in the Fall of 2018. He received his B.A. in English from Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan, and M.A. in Second Language Acquisition from University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include cognitive psychology of language learning and usage-based and cognitive linguistics.
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Dmitrii Pastushenkov worked 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). He has taught in the STARTALK Russian Immersion Program and as an ESL instructor at Kent State University. His interests include psycholinguistics, instructed SLA, and corpus linguistics. He is specifically interested in acquisition of Russian as a foreign language.
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Amr Rabie joined the SLS program in 2019. He earned his BA in English language and literature from Fayoum University in Egypt. He earned his M.A. in TESOL from MSU. He has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) Foreign Language (EFL) for nine years. He also taught Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) in MSU. He worked with a diverse population of students in different countries (e.g. Egypt, KSA, Hungary, USA). His research interests are Arabic L2 writing, vocabulary acquisition, and language assessment.

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Robert Randez joined the SLS program in Fall 19. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) and MA in TESL from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Robert has worked with language learners from various backgrounds and in various contexts. His current research is centered around young second language learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Hima Rawal, as a Fulbright scholar, received her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from MSU. 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 works as an editorial assistant for the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition, and represents 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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Kiyo Suga received his MA in Linguistics from Sophia University in Tokyo and from MSU. His interests includes Instructed Second Language Acquisition (ISLA) and second language teaching. He is primarily interested in how to develop L2 learners’ implicit knowledge through systematic form-focused instruction, such as input-providing/output-promoting tasks and corrective-feedback. Pedagogically, he is interested in how theory/evidence-based L2 instruction can be successfully incorporated into teaching practice.

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Ayşen Tuzcu joined the SLS program in the Fall of 2019 as a Fulbright scholar. She received her BA in Foreign Language Education and MA in English Language Teaching from Boğaziçi University, Turkey. Before joining the program, she taught EFL at college level in Turkey. Her research interests include instructed SLA, task-based language teaching, quantitative research methods, and first and second language processing.

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Alyssa Wolfe joined the SLS program in 2019. She earned an M.A.Ed in TESOL from Seattle University in 2015 and worked at a university in Ecuador teaching English. She has also taught in South Korea and the United States. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Spanish and an ESL certificate from The University of Montana. Her research interests focus on cognitive aspects of second language acquisition and the influence of first language in second language acquisition. She is especially interested in how to apply knowledge of cognitive aspects of acquisition in the language classroom, either through teaching methods and/or materials.

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Monique Yoder earned her MA TESOL at MSU (2008), and her MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University in England (2017). She has developed tests for Educational Testing Service, Second Language Testing, Inc., and MSU; directed the ESL Program at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, MI; and served as interim director of LCC International University’s MA TESOL program. Monique’s research interests include classroom-based language assessment, language assessment literacy, language test development, task clarity in writing assessments, and rater behavior.

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Xiaowan Zhang received her BA in English Language and Literature from Wuhan University, China and her MA in 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 testing and policy projects. She currently teaches LLT 361 (Second Language Learning). Xiaowan’s research interests include language testing and assessment, language policy, instructed SLA, and quantitative research methods.