- Lab Director
Sun-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
Avizia Yim Long is a Ph.D. 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.
Catherine Showalter is a second-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.
Ryan Lidster is a second-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.
Yi-Lu Kuo is a fourth 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 Su is a third-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. Students
Aileen Bach is a Masters in Second Language Studies from Minneapolis, MN, focusing on assessment and program evaluation. Her background includes program evaluation, foreign language assessment, and bilingual acquisition and education research.
Senyung Lee is a second-year MA Second Language Studies student from Seoul, Korea. She is an English teacher at a middle school in Korea. Her interests include L2 assessment design, computer-based language testing, classroom assessment, and teacher training. She is the webmaster of this website.
- Lab Alumni
Rebecca 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.