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Betsy received her MA in second language studies from the University of Hawai'i and her BS in mathematics and apparel and textile design from Michigan State University. She taught English as a second/foreign language in Japan and Hawai'i and has worked as an instructional designer, translator (Japanese to English), and copy editor. She currently works as a consultant on computer-assisted language learning for organizations such as CLEAR, CeLTA, and ACTFL.

Research Interests

Computer assisted language learning, online learning, assessment

Publications

Loewen, S., Lavolette, E., Spino, L., Papi, M., Schmidtke, J., Sterling, S., & Wolff, D. (in press). A discipline formed?: An update on applied linguists’ statistical literacy. TESOL Quarterly.

Lavolette, E. Effects of technology modes on ratings of learner recordings. IALLT Journal, 43(3), 1-27.

Lavolette, E. (2013). Effects of rehearsal on ESL learners’ responses to test tasks. MSU Working Papers in SLS, 4, 39–46.

Lavolette, E., & Valmori, L. (2013). Interview with Matthew Poehner. MSU Working Papers in SLS, 4, 5–9.

Lavolette, E. (2012). Interview With Julie Sykes. MSU Working Papers in SLS, 3(1), 13-17.

Lavolette, E., Venable, M., Gose, E., & Huang, P. (2010). Comparing synchronous virtual classrooms: Student, instructor and course designer perspectives. Tech Trends, 54(5), 54-61. 

Venable, M., McKimmy, P., Gose, E., Hutchinson, N., Lavolette, E., Huang, P., Nakamura, P., McCann, K., Meeder, R., & Pusal, E. (2009). Distance Course Design & Consulting Group (DCDC): Online course development in high education. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (pp. 517-522). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. 

Lavolette, E. (2009). The keyimage method of learning sound-symbol correspondences: A case study of learning written Khmer. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 6, 59-84. 

Lavolette, E. (2009). Using Google Reader for professional development. The Word, 18(2), 3-7. 

Lavolette, E. (2008). Go open source and share your ESL materials with the world! The Word, 18(1), 3-5. 

Pfaff, E., & Huddleston, P. (2003). Does It Matter If I Hate Teamwork? What Impacts Student Attitudes Toward Teamwork. Journal of Marketing Education, 25(1), 37-45.

Recent Presentations

Lavolette, E. (2014, March). Effects of feedback timing on learning to apply ESL grammar rules. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Portland, OR.

Lavolette, E. (2013, November). Developing and teaching an online pedagogical grammar course for preservice teachers. Paper presented at 30th Annual Educational Technology Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Lavolette, E. (2013, September). Effects of feedback during formative assessment on ESL students’ learning of article rules. Paper presented at the Midwest Association of Language Testers conference, East Lansing MI.

Lavolette, E. (2013, June). The usefulness of computer-mediated feedback in essay revision. Paper presented at the International Association for Language Learning Technology conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Lavolette, E. (2013, March). Using feed readers for professional development in any field. Paper presented at EDGES, East Lansing, MI.

Lavolette, E. (2013, March). Extending the BIA+ model of bilingual language processing: The influence of L1 Japanese sublexical semantics on L2 English word retrieval. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Dallas, TX.

Campbell, J., Lavolette, E., & Howie, C. (2013, February). CLEAR’s Rich Internet Applications. Poster presented at the Faculty Showcase on Instructional Technology, East Lansing, MI.

Lavolette, E. (2013, February). The influence of L1 Japanese sublexical semantics on L2 English word retrieval: Extending the BIA+ model of bilingual language processing. Paper presented at the Second Language Studies Symposium, East Lansing, MI.

Rivera-Martinez, M., Smith, A., Lavolette, E., Martin, C., & Pennestri, S. (2012, November). Developing Advanced Level proficiency using Web 2.0 tools. Paper resented at the ACTFL Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Schmidtke, J., Spino, L., & Lavolette, E. (2012, October). How statistically literate are we? Examining SLA professors’ and graduate students’ statistical knowledge and training. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.

Lavolette, E. (2012, October). Differences in teachers’ ratings of ESL learners’ video and audio recordings. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.

Rivera-Martinez, M., Smith, A., Lavolette, E., & Pennestri, S. (2012, July). Web 2.0 tools to assess and provide feedback on students’ linguistic performance. Paper presented at the America Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Lavolette, E., & Pennestri, S. (2012, June). Where’s the pedagogy in Web 2.0? Paper presented at the International Association for Language Learning Technology conference, South Bend, IN.

Lavolette, E. (2012, June). Effects of video and audio modes on ratings of learner recordings. Paper presented at Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium Conference, South Bend, IN.

Lavolette, E. (2012, May). Extending the BIA+ model of bilingual language processing to non-alphabetic languages: The influence of L1 Japanese sublexical semantics on L2 English word retrieval. Poster presented at the Midwest Cognitive Science Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Lavolette, E. (2012, May). Effects of video and audio modes on ratings of learner recordings: Preliminary results. Paper presented at the Ohio University CALL conference, Athens, OH.

Lavolette, E., & Spino, L. (2012, April). Update on statistical literacy of applied linguists: Preliminary results. Paper presented at the Second Language Acquisition Graduate Student Symposium, Madison, WI.

Lavolette, E. (2012, March). Build a collaborative resource for Web 2.0 tools. Paper presented at EDGES, East Lansing, MI.

Invited Talks

Guest lecture on digital games for language teaching for pre-service K–12 teachers, MSU, 11/13 and 4/14.

Guest lectures on the intersection of SLA and CALL for pre-service K–12 teachers, MSU, 2/13, 3/13, and 4/13.

Hands-on workshop on using and contributing to a resource for Web 2.0 tools for language learning and teaching, with practice using selected tools, CeLTA, MSU, 2/13.

Guest lecture on masked priming methodology in L2 psycholinguistic research, 2/13.

Hands-on workshops on CLEAR’s Rich Internet Applications for pre-service K–12 teachers, MSU, 11/11, 4/12, 11/12, 2/13, and 4/13.

Presentation of in-progress research to the Language Assessment Research Reading Group, MSU, 3/12 and 5/12.

Hands-on demonstrations and tutorials of Elluminate Live!, an interactive web-based whiteboard system, for Department of Educational Technology, UHM, 9/08 through 12/08.

Hands-on workshop on Hot Potatoes software for creating computerized learning activities for Department of Educational Technology, UHM, 10/08.

Hands-on workshop on Hot Potatoes for in-service teachers, 11/07.