• 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.

JaesuJaesu Choi is a PhD Second Language Studies student 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 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, with experience in EFL and ESL teaching. She received an M.A. in Second Language Studies from Indiana University. Her interests include second language assessment, second language writing and computational linguistics. She made 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 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

Milad KakarMelad Kakar is an MA student in TESOL/Applied Linguistics. He has a B.A in English Language and Literature from Kabul University, Afghanistan. He taught EFL for high school students in Afghanistan and conducted a few teacher training programs for private school English language instructors. He is interested in language  assessment, teacher training, and SLA theories in general.

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 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.

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