SLA MA Students

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Yana Carver
Rachel Chang
Rachel Chang is a student in the M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition. She is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She graduates with a B.A. from Department of Education from National Taiwan Normal University and a minor from Department of English. After graduation, she taught English in junior high school for 4 years. Her research interests include English as Second Language Teaching, psycholinguistics and TBLT. 
Matt Coss
Matt Coss, originally from Charlotte, N.C., received his B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and Chinese from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. Matt grew up bilingual (English & Spanish) and through a chain of events too long to recount here, started studying Mandarin at age 11. More recently, he has dabbled in French and Portuguese as well. Matt first worked as a Spanish teacher while he was still in high school (another long story), and since then has taught a broad range of learners in both Spanish and Chinese, from novice 3rd graders to medical school students to retired adults and beyond. The time spent in different classrooms with a range of very different students sparked an interest in what makes for successful language learning and teaching, which led Matt to UMD. Through both research and practice, Matt hopes to better understand current second language learning and teaching research and apply that research in the classroom for students of different ages. Matt’s current research interests include naturalistic vs. classroom learning, implicit vs. explicit language teaching, study abroad, age constraints on learning and motivation and aptitude as factors that influence an individual’s ability to achieve their desired language proficiency. In addition to pursuing his M.A. in SLA, Matt is currently working as a Graduate Assistant at the National Foreign Language Center. 
Yoko Eshita
Yoko Eshita is a student in the M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition. She is originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Kyoto Women’s University and a B.A. in International Relations from Linfield College in Oregon. She was trained as a Japanese teacher through the ALLEX program at Portland State University and has taught Japanese to high school students in Australia, adults in Kyoto, as well as high school students, college students, and diplomats in the US. 
Her research interests include Japanese language teaching methodology and pedagogy, task-based language teaching, and program evaluation. 
Eun Kyoung Lee
Eun Kyoung (Rosa) joined the SLA M.A. program in Fall 2018. She received her B.A. in English Education from Seoul National University. Her research interests include second language processing, psycholinguistics, age effects in SLA, and individual differences.
Kennesha Rodgers
Lucia Shoemaker
Lucia began her M.A. program in Second Language Acquisition in the fall of 2017. She received her BA in Biology and Psychology from UMBC and a graduate degree in Persian/Farsi through UMCP Flagship program. She currently works as a Korean Language instructor and a curriculum manager for the DoD. Lucia's research interests are in bilingualism/multilingualism and psycholinguistics.
Natalie Sullivan
Natalie Sullivan entered the M.A. SLA program in Fall 2018. She received her B.A. in English and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures (Arabic) from the University of Texas at Austin, with a minor in Spanish. She then spent a year teaching English to Moroccan university students on a Fulbright grant. She currently works as a language partner for the UMD Arabic Flagship Program. Her research interests include L2 acquisition of Arabic and Arabic dialects, psycholinguistics, and second language aptitude. 
Liuan Yang
Liuan Yang joined the M.A. program in Fall 2018. She received her B.A. degree in English-Chinese Translation and Interpreting from Zhejiang Normal University in China, and she studied one year in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas as an exchange student. Liuan’s research interests include bilingualism/multilingualism and L2 acquisition of Chinese language. 
Yaxin Zhang