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.
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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.