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 (SLRF)...

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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.


CateCatherine Showalter is a third-year 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.



JeanyoungJean Young Chun is the first-year Ph.D student in the department of Second Language Studies. Her research interests are language assessment and program evaluation. She studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for her master’s degree.



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 first-year PhD Second Language Studies student. She has a master’s degree in Second Language Studies. Her interests include second language assessment, washback, second language acquisition and computational liniguistics. She is the webmaster of this website.



LAL_Yi-Lu KuoYi-Lu Kuo is a fifth-year doctoral student in the department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education and 2nd year master student in Chinese Language Pedagogy. Her research interests are pedagogy and testing in Chinese as a foreign language.



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.




  •  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.



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.