SLA Graduate Students
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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).
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.
Takehiro joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in Fall 2016. He received his MA in Applied Linguistics from Texas Tech University. He has taught Japanese courses at universities in Japan and the U.S. His research interests include instructed SLA, implicit/explicit knowledge in L2 learning, teaching and testing, and individual differences.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Man Li joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in Fall 2011. Her general research interest involves adult SLA, including second language learning of both English and Mandarin by adult learners. She is particularly interested in implicit and explicit second language learning and the interactions between linguistic features, instructional treatments and learner aptitudes.
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.
In 2004, Megan completed her B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Providence College, in Providence, RI and earned her Spanish/Secondary Education teaching certification. In 2006, she received her M.A. in Spanish/Second Language Acquisition from the University of Maryland, College Park. Megan has extensive experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and is currently a Project Manager for SLA/Testing at the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL). Her current project portfolio includes 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.
Rosario De Montero Navarro
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
Nick is a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Acquisition program and a Faculty Research Assistant 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.
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.
Ekaterina Sergeyevna Solovyeva
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 are the interaction between linguistic features and explicit/implicit learning, foreign language instruction, and second language processing.
Wei joined the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition in August, 2014. His research interests lies in interlanguage development and second language processing.
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 (Helen) Zhou is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition. She is currently a graduate research assistant at National Foreign Language Center. Her research interest includes lexical processing, second language assessment and language instruction.