I currently teach two graduate-level classes: Language Teaching Methods (LLT 807) in the fall (which I teach with a Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) focus), and Language Assessment (LLT 808) in the spring. In my assessment course, I focus on (a) classroom assessment practices, (b) standardized assessment practices, (c) survey and questionnaire design, and (d) ethics and validity in testing. In fall 2017 and spring 2018, I will also teach an undergraduate TESOL Methods course for TESOL minors.

Syllabus LLT 807, Language Teaching Methods: Task-based Language Teaching

Syllabus LLT 808, Language Assessment for Language Teaching and Research


I advise a number of students at Michigan State University. Below are some tidbits on my past advisees and where they are now.

Dr. Grace (Eunhee Lee) Amuzie (2012). Grace was my advisee when she was in the MATESOL Program at MSU. Grace published her MA theis on study abroad students’ changes in motivation (as a result of study abroad) with me in the journal System. Grace finished her SLS Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Patti Spinner in 2012, and I was proudly on her dissertation committee. Grace is now an Assistant Professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. el33@calvin.edu

Dr. Virginia David (2015). Virginia is from Brazil and did her MA with Fred Davidson at UIUC before coming to the SLS Ph.D. Program at MSU. So she knew a lot about placement testing before coming here, and specialized in it and TESOL methods in the Ph.D. Program. While here in the program, she traveled to Iraq’s University of Duhok in the autonomous region of Kurdistan on a research/teaching project with Drs. Susan Gass and Shawn Loewen. (You can read about that amazing work here.) She did her dissertation on placement testing methods in the English Language Center at MSU. Virgina got a Language Learning Doctoral Dissertation Grant while in the program. She is now an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. virginia.david@wmich.edu

Dr. Yeon Heo (2016). Yeon was my advisee when she was in the MATESOL Program. She graduated in 2007, and then came back to the Ph.D. program. She finished her Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Shawn Loewen. I proudly served on her Ph.D. thesis committee. Yeon is teaching in S. Korea right now, but plans to return to a faculty position in the USA soon. heoyeon@pnu.ac.kr

Dr. Ching-Ni Hsieh (2011). Ching-Ni was a super serious go-getter while a Ph.D. student here at MSU. She married the CLEAR Programmer and took him away with her after she graduated (we all miss him!), learned everything about language testing Susan Gass, Dan Reed, and I could teach her, and then learned more (through IRT classes with Mike Linacre, internships at CAL, 2LTI, and ETS). Ching-Ni got a Mary Spaan Fellowship and a TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant while in the program. Ching-Ni is now a Research Project Manager II in the Center for English Language Learning and Assessment, Research and Development Division, at Educational Testing Service. chsieh@ets.org

Dr. HyeSun Lee (2011). HyeSun was from South Korea, where she had been an English teacher at a high school. In my language testing class in 2010, HyeSun developed an MA thesis that was published (with me as a co-author) in 2013 in the top-tier language assessment journal Language Testing. HyeSun graduated from the MATESOL Program, and then went on to get a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She is now an Assistant Professor at California State University, Channel Island. hyesun.lee@csuci.edu

Dr. Hyojung Lim (2014). With Hyojung it was not clear who was the advisor, because I learned as much from Hyojung as Hyojung learned from me. Hyojung came to the SLS Ph.D. Program after earning an MA in TESOL under the direction of Dr. Jim Purpura at Columbia. Hyojung and I worked together on several research projects, including a large one supported by the British Council and Cambridge English Assessments/IELTS. We published a second paper based on our eye-tracking work in Assessing Writing in 2015. Hyojung got a TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant and a Language Learning Doctoral Dissertation Grant while in the program. Hyojung is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at Kwangwoon University, Seoul, S. Korea. lim@kw.ac.kr

Dr. Mostafa Papi (2016). Mostafa is from Iran, and he hit the ground running when he came to the SLS Ph.D. Program. I more or less chased behind him, learning as much as I could along the way. Mostafa researched motivation and self-regulation in SLA while in the program, and also played a copious amount of international soccer. Mostafa continued to publish with colleagues from Iran while here in the program, and now he is an Assistant Professor of SLA and TESOL in the School of Education at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. mpapi@fsu.edu

Dr. Tetyana Sydorenko (2011). Tanya kicked off the eye tracking research in the SLS Program. In 2007, she worked with Dr. Erik M Altmann in the MSU Psychology Department. He had this thing called an Eye-Link 1000 that he let Tanya borrow to design a study with me and Dr. Gass on captions during foreign-language video-based listening exercises. That research lead to joint publications, including one that is to date my most-cited paper (it’s in Language Learning & Technology) and another one in the MLJ, and multiple presentations, including one that Tanya and I gave at the AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) conference in Essen, Germany in 2009. Tanya finished her eye-movement dissertation work on Russian vocabulary learning (a captions-use & CALL study), and now is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. tsydorenko@pdx.edu

Dr. Amy S. Thompson (2009). Amy is the founder of the SLS and MATESOL student organization SoSLAP (she named it too), which is still going strong today. She designed t-shirts for the group back in 2005 when the program and SoSLAP first started, and I still have mine and still wear it proudly, although it is starting to fall apart (oh no!). Amy focused on motivation and third-language acquisition, and she was the first student of mine who was really extremely grant-focused, and that culture has remained part of the program. Amy is now Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair of World Languages, and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) at the University of South Florida.  athompson@usf.edu

Dr. Maren Schierloh Uggen (2011). Maren came to the SLS Ph.D. program from Germany. She was the very first student to publish her first QRP in a top-tier journal (Language Learning). She co-organized (with Luke Plonsky) the national graduate-student-led Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) at the Kellogg Center in 2009. Even though she basically took a semester off (with an assistantship) to organize the conference, she still graduated in 4 years. Maren was the first to do her dissertation with our newly purchased EyeLink 1000, and she published a paper based on that dissertation in Studies in Second Language Acquisition (with Aline Godfroid). Maren is now teaching German at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. maren.uggen@kzoo.edu

Dr. Dominik Wolff (2015). Dominik came to the SLS Ph.D. Program from Germany. He taught English in Japan, and German in Germany and in Michigan. Dominik was extremely organized. I try to do regular weekly check-ins with dissertating students because that is what Dominik set up with me during his last year in the program, and I saw how helpful it was. (He mentored me on mentoring.) Dominik focused on TESOL-teacher identity and motivation for his dissertation, which I co-supervised with Dr. Peter DeCosta. Dominik worked as a research assistant for me and taught a number of undergraduate SLA courses and English-language courses through MSU’s English Language Center. He got a Language Learning Doctoral Dissertation Grant while in the program. Dominik is now an Assistant Professor of TESOL at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.  dwolff@wcupa.edu