Haimei Sun is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistic and TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her scholarly interests center on second language acquisition in general, and task-based language teaching, second language reading and vocabulary acquisition in particular. Having attended the TCSOL program and worked as a program assistant, she is in a good position to serve as the program secretary and has been working wholeheartedly to the program’s ever-growing development. The experience she has with TCSOL and the skills she has acquired along the way will enable her to meet any challenges and to succeed in her future pursuits.
Patrick Wallace graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 with a B.A. in Italian Language and Literature. During his junior year at Rutgers, he had the opportunity to study at L’università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, Italy, where he studied Italian linguistics and the history of the Italian language. After graduation, Patrick was hired as a middle and high school Italian teacher in North Plainfield, New Jersey, where he taught the Italian language and culture for ten years. He recently received his Ed.M in Language Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and is now teaching English as a Second Language as an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.
While pursuing his master’s degree, Patrick developed a deeper interest in the field of second language acquisition. His research interests lie in the pedagogical development of digital games as a tool used for second language acquisition. He is particularly interested in digital gaming in online environments and their capabilities of simulating life-like language exchanges and interactions. Patrick hopes to research this area of SLA further, as he pursues his Doctor of Education in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Excited to be a part of the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education (CIFLTE) as the new administrative coordinator, Patrick is looking forward to working closely with the center, to help complete its mission statement - to promote high quality training for teachers of English and Chinese and to research and develop effective teaching strategies that will augment the center’s teacher-training activities.
Rainie (Minghao) Zhang received her M.A. TESOL from San Francisco State University in 2011. She then taught ESL at SFSU for two years and English for Academic Purposes at a Sino-British university in China for five years. She also worked as an IELTS examiner in the East China region prior to being admitted to the Ed. D. program in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College. As a speaker of 3 languages (at different levels of fluency) herself, she's always found learning foreign languages fascinating and is hoping to focus her research of second language acquisition on interlanguage, more specifically ultimate attainment and fossilization.