Dominik earned his Master’s degree in Linguistics from Syracuse University in 2009. Before that, he had already worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Japan and Spain for four years. After teaching undergraduate classes in his mother tongue German at Central Michigan University for a year, he began his PhD in Second Language Studies at Michigan State in the fall of 2010. As a graduate teaching assistant, he has taught various ESL classes as well as an undergraduate TESOL Methods class which prepares future K-12 teachers for linguistically diverse classrooms. In addition, Dominik is assisting Dr. Shawn Loewen with his research comparing task-based L2 interaction in computer-mediated communication (CMC) and traditional face-to-face contexts.
His research so far has focused on teacher identity development (and its role in teacher education) as well as the effects cultural and socioaffective factors have on the success of corrective feedback in language classrooms.
Wolff, D. (2012, July). Cultural and socioaffective factors and the perception of corrective feedback in the ESL classroom. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Wolff, D. (2011, October). What ‘yeah’ can mean – Teacher and learner perception of corrective feedback in an ESL classroom. Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum, Ames, Iowa, USA.