• 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

Bihua Chen is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. She spent six years teaching English as a second language after graduating with an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, language teaching, and language assessment.


JaesuJaesu Choi is a PhD student in Second Language Studies from Seoul, Korea, with teaching experience in Korean as a foreign language. His research interests include language test development, language policy, psycholinguistics, educational psychology, and corpus based linguistic analysis.


JeanyoungJean Young Chun is a PhD 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.



Ryan Lidster is a  PhD candidate in Second Language Studies 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 candidate in Second Language Studies. Her research interests include assessing  L2 collocation knowledge, automated essay scoring, and high-stakes language assessment. She has experience in EFL and ESL teaching. She worked as a test developer of the Indiana Academic English Test. 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.


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


  • M.A. Students

Amy Soto is a second-year MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics student. She is interested in low education and low literacy second language acquisition, language assessment, L2 literacy, language policy, and psycholinguistics.  She currently works as an oral proficiency rater for the Test of English Proficiency for International Associate Instructor Candidates.

  •  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.


AysenurAyşenur Sağdıç was a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She has experience in designing assessment instruments for ESL and EFL IEP programs primarily to teach L2 pragmatics. Her research interests include pragmatics in SLA, L2 pragmatic assessment, and corpus-based assessment design in pragmatics.


AviziaAvizia Yim Long is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. 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 was 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.


Claire Fields received her M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics in 2017.  She is now an Editorial Assistant at University of Michigan Press. She has experience in teaching EFL and ESL to high school and adult learners. Her research interests include L2 pedagogy, language assessment, materials development, and sociolinguistics.


Stacy Sabraw2Stacy Sabraw received her M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University in 2012. She is currently an instructor at English for International Students (EIS) at Duke University. Her research interests include formative assessment, second language pedagogy and curriculum development.


LAL_Yi-Lu KuoYi-Lu Kuo received her M.A. in TESOL & Applied Linguistics in 2009, 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.

Yu-Chen Tina Lin received her Ph.D. in Literacy, Cultural, and Language Education with a focus in language testing and educational assessment from Indiana University in 2016. Her research interests include language assessment, L2 reading and writing, and quantitative analyses for language study. She is currently the ESL Assessment Coordinator (Education Resource Specialist) in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University.

Yunwen SuYunwen Su is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Second Language Studies at Indiana University in August 2017. Her interests include acquisitional pragmatics, testing of pragmatics, and instructional SLA.