Shafinaz Ahmed is pursuing her Ed.D in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests lie in second language reading and language acquisition. Specifically, her research will examine the relationship between second language grammatical knowledge and second language reading comprehension. Currently she is designing her pilot study.
Corrective Feedback; Computer Mediated Communication
Farah is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in second language acquisition (SLA). Her research interests include interactional feedback, noticing, naturalistic L2 development, computer-mediated communication (CMC), and technology-assisted language teaching and learning. Farah's dissertation focuses on the effects of interactional feedback on L2 development in CMC environments.
Cheng-Ling Alice Chen is a doctoral student in the TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include instructed second language learning, reading instruction and comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. Alice's dissertation research focuses on the effects of repeated reading on English-as-a-foreign-language learners' reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. She is also interested in technology-assisted and online game-based foreign-language teaching and learning. In addition to academic pursuits, she had taught English to second and foreign language young and adult learners in Taiwan and in the U.S. She had also served as the program secretary for the TCSOL Certificate Program at Teachers College.
Rosette Finneran is an Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of ESL Writing Placement at SUNY Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where she teaches advanced ESL writing, linguistics, freshman composition, and grammar. Rosette is currently a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics / TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include fossilization in adult second language acquisition, pedagogical grammar, and instructed ESL. She is presently writing her dissertation, which examines persistent errors in the writing of adult L1 Spanish learners of English.
Jordan González has been teaching in NYC Public Schools for the past five years where he teaches high school courses in Spanish as a Foreign Language, Spanish for Heritage Students, English as a Second Language, and provides English Language Learner support services. Jordan is pursuing his Ed. D in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). His research interests include computer-mediated communication (CMC) within adolescent second language acquisition, specifically interaction and corrective feedback.
Rainie (Minghao) Zhang is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests in second language acquisition are interlanguage and fossilization in adult learners. She received her MA in TESOL from San Francisco State University and also taught ESL there for two years. She then taught English for Academic Purposes at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (a joint-venture Sino-British university) in China for five years and also worked as an IELTS examiner for two years in the East China region prior to being admitted to the Ed. D. program at Teachers College.
Ji-Yung is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics specializing in instructed second language acquisition (SLA). Her research interests include second language (L2) grammar acquisition, focus on form instruction, implicit/explicit knowledge and learning, and the role of attention and awareness. Inspired by studying English Education in college and publishing a collection of essays about her English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) learning experience in South Korea, she pursued further study in Applied Linguistics to achieve both M. A. and Ed. M. at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a hobby, she enjoys drawing - she has been drawing since she was seven and hopes to hold another exhibition of her sketches and oriental black and white paintings.
Ji-Yung is working on her dissertation proposal investigating the interface between different types of focus on form and different types of L2 features.
Kaylee Fernandez is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary research interest is Task-Based Language Teaching. She has previously taught English as a foreign language in Spain for four years and she holds an M.A. in Teaching Spanish and English as foreign languages from the University of Seville, Spain.
Peter is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in second language acquisition. His research interests are language motivation and language aptitude in SLA. Peter has taught English education and English as a second language in both public and private institutions to students of secondary and post-secondary levels. He is currently a teaching fellow at the Community Language Program (CLP) at Teachers College.
Adrienne Wai Man Lew is an Ed.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in second language acquisition. Her research interests include L2 input, interlanguage fossilization, and the L2 acquisition of tense and aspect.
Mi Sun Park is a doctoral student in the TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include acquisition of second language phonology, phonetics, and the impacts of phonological awareness, memory, and orthographic input. Currently she is preparing a proposal for her doctoral dissertation.
Shaoyan Qi is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include task-based language teaching and instructed SLA. She obtained a MA in Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology from State University of New York at Binghamton and a M.A. in Education from Villanova University. Shaoyan is currently a lecturer in Chinese language at Columbia University.
Shaoyan is interested in studying how focused and unfocused tasks can contribute to L2 grammar acquisition in classroom settings.
Natalia Sáez is a doctoral student specializing in second language acquisition. She previously earned a Master of Arts degree in cognitive science at Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile) and a Master of Arts in applied linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a certified Spanish-English translator and has taught English and Spanish as foreign languages for several years to children and adults, as well as to blind and low vision adults, both in Chile and in the U.S. She also co-owns a language institute in Chile (www.traduc.cl), where she contributes with syllabus design, teacher training and other activities. The Chilean government has granted her a full scholarship to pursue her Doctor of Education degree at Teachers College. Her research interests include cognitive linguistics in second language acquisition, particularly conceptual transfer, metaphorical competence, conceptual development and restructuring in second language use.
She is currently preparing for her doctoral certification exam and preparing a pilot study.
Patrick Wallace is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. His current research interests lie in the pedagogical development of digital games as a tool used for second language acquisition. He is particularly interested in digital online environments and their capabilities of simulating language exchanges and interactions. Patrick hopes to research this lesser-explored area of SLA further.
He recently received his Ed.M. in Language Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and immediately began teaching English as a Second Language as an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. He has also previously worked for ten years as a middle and high school Italian teacher in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Patrick is now the administrative coordinator at the Center for International Foreign Language Teacher Education, working with students and teachers who wish to jumpstart their teaching careers and earn a TCSOL/TESOL certificate.
Yayun Anny Sun is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her primary research interest is in second language acquisition, especially input processing, L2 reading, and teacher education. Anny had previously worked in CUNY as an ESL instructor for five years, and has been teaching in the TCSOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, since 2009. She greatly enjoys working with teachers-in-training by helping them develop critical understanding of SLA research and become more reflective about their own teaching practices.
Haimei Sun is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in second language acquisition. Her research interests center on Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and learning in general, task complexity and input-based tasks in particular.
Apart from pursuing her doctoral studies, she has the privilege to work for the certificate program in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) at Teachers College, which offers her a great opportunity to serve those interested in cutting-edge Chinese teaching pedagogy, helping them fulfill their professional dreams.