About Me

I am a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. My research interests are in the use of developmental SLA theory and systemic functional approaches to the design of CALL technologies and automated writing evaluation for assessing students’ writing development. For the past three years, I have been active in the Criterion Research Group, evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of AWE tools for placement testing and classroom use. Currently, I am also a research assistant for the Research Writing Project, working on discourse analysis, validation, and web design for the AWE tool.  My secondary research interests involve pronunciation acquisition, specifically the development and construction of identity through L2 accent and the influence of native versus nonnative speaker pronunciation instructors on students’ comprehensibility/accentedness and material development. In addition to my research, I maintain my passion for teaching as an EFL online Live Learning English instructor and material developer for EFINST International House located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Link to article on Iowa State Graduate College website.