Hyojung Lim

Hyojung Lim joined the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program in fall 2009 after completing an MA at Columbia University Teachers College, where she studied language assessment with Dr. James Purpura. At MSU, Hyojung researches second language reading and listening processes and language assessment. During her first two years in the Ph.D. Program, Hyojung worked as an RA in the Testing Office in the English Language Center. She continues to assist the Testing Office with test development, test administration, and item analysis for in-house and international tests administered by the ELC. During her third academic year, Ms. Lim taught the undergraduate courses Language Teaching Methods and Second Language Learning. Currently, Ms. Lim is working on a grant-funded research project (together with Dr. Paula Winke and funded by the British Council and IELTS) on the effects of different types of IELTS test preparation on test anxiety and IELTS listening test scores. For that project and for her dissertation (which focuses on TOEFL reading test behaviors and the notion of that test’s cognitive validity) she is analyzing the test takers’ eye-movements (test-taking patterns) using a Tobii TX300 eye tracker. Hyojung has a dissertation completion fellowship for fall 2013 and expects to graduate from MSU in December 2014.