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.
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 individual differences in SLA 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Her research interests include second language speaking, language testing, and task-based language teaching.
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.
Caitlin Cornell is the Assistant Director of the Center for Language Teaching Advancement at MSU. She entered the Second Language Studies program in 2017. She earned her MA in Linguistics (with a specialization in TESOL) from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. She has taught English and trained teachers since 2005. Her research interests fall into the broad category of accessible teaching and learning for language learners with disabilities, and through this lens she explores individual differences, online education, CALL, and U.S. language education policy.
Curtis Green-Eneix is a doctoral student and the editorial assistant for TESOL Quarterly along with being a research assistant for the College of Education. Prior to joining the SLS program, he earned his MA in TESOL at the University of Arizona where he taught academic writing and his BA at Boise State University where he was a McNair Scholar and Fellow. His research interest includes teacher development, identity, power dynamics in the classroom, language policy and planning, as well as socioeconomic position, mobility and online education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bronson Hui is a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies. His research interests include vocabulary acquisition, lexical processing, reading-while-listening, quantitative methods, and open science practices. His work has been accepted or published in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Psycholinguistics, and Second Language Research. At MSU, he taught LLT 346 Pedagogical Grammar, and LLT 873 Quantitative Research Methods in SLS. Currently, he serves as a graduate student statistical consultant at the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT).
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Ryo Maie joined the SLS program in the Fall of 2018. He received his MA from University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include cognitive psychology of second language acquisition, usage-based and cognitive linguistics approaches to language development, applied statistics in L2 research.
Dmitrii Pastushenkov holds a bachelor’s degree in intercultural communication and foreign language pedagogy from Tver State University (Russia) and two master’s degrees from Kent State University (United States): dual MA in translation/MBA and MA in TESL. His experience includes work in Russia and the United Stated in the areas of translation, foreign language teaching, and SLA research. Dmitrii has taught Russian, French, English, and TESL courses. As a researcher, he strives to bridge the gap between SLA research and language pedagogy. His primary areas of research are instructed SLA and second language psycholinguistics.
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.
Robert Randez is primarily an identity researcher focusing on second language learners with cognitive impairments thought the lens of sociocultural theory and qualitative research methods. With this focus in mind, his current research includes work in policy analysis, pedagogy, and teacher cognition. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary Study and MA in TESL from UT San Antonio. Robert joined the SLS program in 2019 and is currently a graduate assistant for the Center for Language Teacher Advancement (CeLTA).
Hima Rawal, as a Fulbright scholar from Nepal, 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, College Advisory Council, and College Curriculum Committee. She worked as an editorial assistant for the journal Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include humanizing pedagogies and research in linguistically diverse educational settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xiaowan Zhang joined the SLS program in 2016. Her research interests include language testing and assessment, language policy, instructed SLA, and quantitative research methods. She 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. At MSU, Xiaowan taught LLT 361 (Second Language Learning), LLT 346 (Pedagogical Grammar), and LLT 307 (Teaching Methods) to undergraduate TESOL minors both face-to-face and online. She has also worked with Dr. Paula Winke on various testing and policy related projects. In 2019, Xiaowan worked as an intern at Michigan Language Assessment.