SLA Graduate Students

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Assma Al Thowaini

Assma Al Thowaini is a Ph.D candidate in the Second Language Acquisition program at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include Instructed Second Language Acquisition, explicit and implicit language learning,  Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) in language learning, and the area of Arabic word recognition and lexical access. ama267@umd.edu

 

 

 

Buthainah Al Thowaini

Buthainah is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition.  Her research Interests include the role of higher cognitive functions in language learning and morphological processing of Arabic for non-native speakers of Arabic.
Curriculum Vitae and Academic Website

 

 

 

John Brenner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zhiyuan Deng

Zhiyuan joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in Fall 2017. He received his MA in Applied Second Language Acquisition from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interest includes second language lexical and phonological processing, and cross-linguistic influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyoko Kobayashi Hillman

Kyoko joined the SLA Ph.D. program after teaching Japanese language in the U.S., Japan, China, Canada and Nigeria. She received her MA in Teaching Japanese Language as a Second/Foreign Language from the University of Iowa. Her research interests include Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT), L2 research methodology, Instructed SLA, L2 oral proficiency, discourse analysis, applied Conversation Analysis, L2 processing, and individual differences. Kyoko has presented her studies at conferences including the annual conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the International Conference on TBLT, and the International Conference on Japanese Language Education (ICJLE).

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

Yoonjee Hong

Yoonjee is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition at University of Maryland College Park and a graduate assistant at National Foreign Language center. She earned her MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics from University of Cambridge and holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University. Before joining the program, she has taught English communication courses at universities in Korea. Her research interests mainly lie in assessing language proficiency, constructs of language tests, learner production at the discourse level, and language and thought. She recently participated in a project ‘Cross-linguistic patterns in the acquisition of quantifiers’ that has been published in PNAS.
Academic Website


 

 

Takehiro Iizuka

Takehiro received his B.A. from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and M.A. from Texas Tech University. His research interests include instructed SLA, implicit and explicit knowledge, and individual differences. He has also been serving as a Japanese instructor in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program since Summer 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

 

Hyojin Jeong

Hyojin received her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition.  Her research interest lies in L2 vocabulary acquisition from a psycholinguistic and a cognitive perspective, explicit and implicit learning, L2 automatization, and L2 processing.

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 


 

Eunsoo Kang

Eunsoo Kang is a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition program. His research interests are cognitive abilities affecting vocabulary and grammar learning, the interaction between working memory and implicit/explicit learning, and the effect of typological differences between L1 and L2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nur Basak Karatas

Başak is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition Program. She received her MA in Applied Linguistics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She is mainly interested in the comparative research of morphosyntactic processing across native and nonnative (advanced) speakers of Turkish. She is currently an active Language Science fellow, holding a Neuroscience certificate. 
Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

Sunhee Kim

Sunhee is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition. She received her MA in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research interests include heritage language learning, L2 vocabulary acquisition, and individual differences.
Curriculum Vitae | ARHU Graduate Student Travel Award Recipient & SLLC Travel Award Recipient to the Second Language Research Forum 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Alia Lancaster

Alia is PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition Program at the University of Maryland, and she participates in the rich community of research on language and more at the Maryland Language Science Center. Her main research interest is in the phonological and lexical acquisition and representations of adult second language learners, but she is involved in a wide range of projects, including assessing L2 proficiency, study abroad, and learning an L3. For more information, please visit Alia’s academic website.

 

 

 

Jiyong Lee

Jiyoung is currently a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition program. Her research interests include implicit/explicit interactional feedback, age affects and maturational constraints in second language acquisition, and Korean phonology and morphosyntax.
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Man Li

Man Li joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in Fall 2011. Her research interests are primarily in instructed SLA (such as temporal distribution of practice, skill acquisition, and corrective feedback), individual differences among learners and second language processing.

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

 

 

Beth MacKey

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Malone

Jon Malone began in the Ph.D. program in SLA in 2014, and moonlights as the Associate Director of Maryland English Institute on the UMD campus. His research interests are primarily in instructed SLA, second language vocabulary learning, and individual differences among learners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Masters
 

In May 2004, I completed my B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Providence College, in Providence, RI and earned my Spanish/Secondary Education teaching certification. In May 2006, I received my M.A. in Spanish/Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland, College Park. I have extensive of experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). From 2005-2015, I served as a Senior Program Manager in the Second Language Acquisition and Testing research area at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (UMCASL). In that role, I was responsible for the oversight, management, participation in and administration of research projects within the SLA/testing research fields. My project portfolio included research investigating foreign language distance learning, the development of lower-level language assessment tools, factors affecting L2 listening proficiency, the frequency of foreign language proficiency testing and foreign language skill sustainment and enhancement. My personal research interests include: program evaluation and assessment, impact assessment, learning analytics, change in foreign language skills over time, the impact of foreign language training on job performance and test scores, and the validity of self-assessment instruments.
 
I currently serve as the Director of Academic Technology Experience within the Division of Information Technology at UMCP. In this role, I provide leadership and management of enterprise-wide initiatives related to student, faculty, and staff experiences with technologies. I employ a quantitative, program evaluation-based approach to provide evidence-based insights, guidance, and recommendations concerning the use and efficacy of academic technology-related systems and services. 

Rosario De Montero Navarro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen O'Connell

Stephen entered the Second Language Acquisition program in fall 2010. His primary research interest is the assessment of second language proficiency, specifically the question of the validity of different types of proficiency assessments. He is also interested in second language listening and Task-Based Language Teaching.
Curriculum Vitae | ARHU Graduate Student Travel Award Recipient to the 2014 American Assocation for Applied Linguistics conference

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Osthus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Pandza

Nick is a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition program and a Faculty Research Specialist working in cognitive neuroscience and SLA at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language. He is also a certified MR Operator at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he completed his M.S. in Applied Linguistics at Georgetown University, where he was the Lab Manager for the Georgetown University Psycholinguistics Laboratory. He completed his B.A. in Spanish and Japanese Language and Culture at the Florida State University with a minor in Linguistics. His papers have been presented at conferences such as the Conference for the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Conference for the European Second Language Association, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, and Korean Association of Teachers of English, and published in journals such as the International Journal of Innovation in English Language Teaching and Research. His research interests include issues such as lexical access, speech perception, executive control, and psychometrics.

Nick’s CV on Academia.edu
Nick’s profile on ResearchGa

 

Eric Pelzl

Eric is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition with a particular interest in Mandarin Chinese. To learn more about his research, please visit his academic website.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kichan Park

Kichan joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in 2017. Before coming to University of Maryland at College Park, he taught English at Republic of Korea Naval Academy for four and a half years. He holds an MA in TESL from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University. His research interests include second language instruction, English for Specific Purposes, and cognitive processes in second language acquisition.

 

So-Hye Park

So-Hye joined the SLA Ph.D. program in Fall 2017. Her research interests include second language processing, psycholinguistic approaches to instructed SLA, and individual learner differences. She received her B.A. in English Education and M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Ewha Womans University.

 

 

 

 

Catherine Pulupa

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Rhoades

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ekaterina Sergeyevna Solovyeva

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Struck

Jason joined the Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition program in Fall 2016. He earned his M.A. Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. His research interests include foreign language instruction and second language processing.

 

 

 

Wei Yi

Wei joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in August, 2014. He is interested in investigating the cognitive processes and mechanisms underlying second language acquisition, and more recently, in salience and attention. 

Wei's Profile on Language Science Center

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

Qi Zheng

Qi is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition. Her research interest includes implicit and explicit learning, L2 phonological and lexical processing and language instruction in SLA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qian Zhou

Qian (Helen) Zhou is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Acquisition program. She used to be a graduate research assistant at the National Foreign Language Center and is now an intern at the Mandarin Institute. Her main research interests include language processing and language testing and assessment.

Curriculum Vitae