Welcome!Welcome! Welcome to the website for the Language Assessment Lab at Indiana University. Directed by Dr. Sun-Young Shin, the Language Assessment Lab (or LAL) is devoted to the understanding and advancing of theory,...

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Trip to MwALTTrip to MwALT           We Language Testing Lab folks went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to attend the annual MwALT conference held on October 5-6th. The...

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SLRFSLRF                 Dr. Shin and Ryan Lidster presented their work, “Dictogloss as dynamic assessment?” at Second Language Research Forum...

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AAAL (2013, Dallas, TX)AAAL (2013, Dallas, TX) American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2013, Dallas, TX Dr. Shin, Ryan, and our former LAL members Stacy and Rebecca presented their recent research project on The influence of the learners’...

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MwALT 2013 at MSUMwALT 2013 at MSU Dr. Shin, Ryan, and our former LAL members, Rebecca and Stacy presented their papers on “The Effects of L2 Proficiency Differences in Pairs on Idea Units in a Collaborative Text Reconstruction Task”...

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  • Lab Director

Dr. ShinSun-Young Shin, Ph.D. is the director of the Language Assessment Lab. He received a Ph.D. in applied linguistics with a focus on language assessment from UCLA in 2007. Visit Dr. Shin’s faculty page here.




  • Ph.D. Students

AviziaAvizia Yim Long is a PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics. Her research interests include the acquisition and use of Spanish phonology and morphosyntax by Korean-speaking learners, Spanish instructor individual difference factors influencing the provision of pronunciation-related instruction and feedback, Spanish language assessment, and variationist approaches to second language acquisition.

JeanyoungJean Young Chun is a first-year Ph.D student in Second Language Studies. Her research interests are language assessment and program evaluation. She received her M.A. in Second Language Studies from The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.



LidsterRyan Lidster is a third-year PhD Second Language Studies student from Vancouver, Canada with experience in Japanese EFL, French FL, and French immersion instructional environments. His interests include assessment design, washback, language policy, teacher training, materials development and use, L2 phonological acquisition, dynamic assessment, and Complex Systems Theory.

Senyung Lee_smallpicSenyung Lee is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She received her M.A. in Second Language Studies from Indiana University. Her interests include second language assessment, second language acquisition and computational linguistics. She is the webmaster of this website.


Suchada_profileSuchada Sanonguthai is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She is from Bangkok, Thailand. Her background includes Thai EFL in secondary and university education. Her research interests are high-stakes language assessment, test washback, language policy, and curriculum design.


Yunwen SuYunwen Su is a fourth-year PhD Second Language Studies student from Xi’an, China with experience in Chinese EFL and teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. Her interests include acquisitional pragmatics, testing of pragmatics, and instructional SLA.



  • M.A. Student

Yena Park is an MA student in Second Language Studies. She received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Culture from Yonsei University. She is interested in second language assessment and second language writing.



  •  Lab Alumni

Aileen_BachAileen Bach received her M.A. in Second Language Studies from Indiana University in 2014. Her focus was on  assessment and program evaluation. Her background includes program evaluation, foreign language assessment, and bilingual acquisition and education research.


CateCatherine Showalter is a PhD Second Language Studies student. Her research interests include phonological acquisition, the relationship between orthography and phonology (including pedagogical implications), the perception/production link, and pronunciation instruction.


Rebecca YeagerRebecca Yeager received her M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University in 2012. She is currently lecturing at the Iowa Intensive English Program at the University of Iowa. Her research interests include second language reading, complex systems theory, and formative assessment.


LAL_Yi-Lu KuoYi-Lu Kuo received her M.A. in TESOL & Applied Linguistics in 2007, and M.A. in Chinese Language Pedagogy in 2012, and Ph.D. in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education in 2015 at Indiana University. She is currently a lecturer in Chinese language at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include pedagogy and testing in Chinese as a foreign language, and reading strategies.