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Recent Dissertations

Dissertations written by doctoral candidates in TESOL and Applied Linguistics are listed in reverse chronological order. Dissertations can be obtained from ProQuest by purchase or with a subscription. Columbia affiliates can access ProQuest here.


Chen, Chen-Ling (Alice) (Ed.D. in TESOL). The Effects of Second-Language Repeated Reading on Reading Comprehension and Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition. (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Le, Rong Rong (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Pragmatic-Discursive Structure of Chinese Compliments in Naturally-Occurring Conversation. (Sponsor: Hansun Waring)

Oh, Saerhim (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating Test-Takers' Use of Linguistic Tools in Second Language Academic Writing Assessment. (Sponsor: Jim Purpura)


Box, Catherine (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Navigating Competing Demands in Pre-Service TESOL Supervision. (Sponsor: Hansun Waring)

Kang, EunYoung (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Effects of Narrow Reading on L2 Text Comprehension and Vocabulary Acquisition. (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Sok, Sarah (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Incidental and Intentional L2 Vocabulary Acquisition. (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)


Creider, Sarah (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Encouraging Student Participation in a French-Immersion Kindergarten Class: A Multimodal Conversation Analytic Study.  (Sponsor: Hansung Waring)

Hall, Timothy (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Learning Chunks in Second Language Acquisition.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Noguchi, Hiromi (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). L2 English Thinking-for-Speaking of End-State Japanese Learners.  (Sponsor: Peter Gordon, Howard Williams)
Shin, Hye Won (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Effectiveness of Instructional Tasks on L2 Vocabulary Acquisition: Evidence from Adolescent EFL Learners.  (Sponsor: Peter Gordon, Howard Williams)


DelPrete, Domenica (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Mother-Adolescent Daughter Interaction: How Maternal Roles Affect Discursive Outcomes. (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe)


Choong, Kun-Wang Philip (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Effects of Task Complexity on Written Production in L2 English. (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)


Fagan, Drew (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Managing Learner Contributions in the Adult ESL Classroom: A Conversation Analytic and Ethnographic Examination of Teacher Practices and Cognition. (Sponsor: Hansun Waring)

Wai, June (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). School Science or Disciplinary Science? Discourse Encountered and Practiced by English Language Learners in Two International High School Science Classroms. (Sponsor: Michael Kieffer)


Cheon, Heesook (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Linguistic Affordances of Korean-English Tandem Learning. (Sponsor: Carolin Fuchs)


Di Gennaro, Kristen K. (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). An Exploration into the Writing Ability of Generation 1.5 and International Second Language Writers.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Johnson, Rebekah Joanne (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Discursive Practices in Family Discourse: Co-Constructing the Identity of Adult Children.  (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe)

Kim, Ah Young (Alicia) (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Examining Second Language Reading Components in Relation to Reading Test Performance for Diagnostic Purposes: A Fusion Model Approach.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Kim, Hyun Jung (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating Raters' Development of Rating Ability on a Second Language Speaking Assessment.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)


Dakin, Jee Wha (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating the Simultaneous Growth of and Relationship between Grammatical Knowledge and Civics Content Knowledge of Low-Proficiency Adult ESL Learners. (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Ekiert, Monika (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating Articles as Expressions of Definiteness in English as a Second Language.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Perrone, Michael (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Impact of the First Certificate of English (FCE) on the EFL Classroom: A Washback Study.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Purdy, John D. (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Unaccusativity and Neurocognitive Indices of Second Language Acquisition: An ERP Study.  (Sponsor: Karen Froud)


Ameriks, Yoko (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating Validity Across Two Test Forms of the Examination of Proficiency in English (ECPE): Multi-group Structural Equation Modeling Approach.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Grabowski, Kirby (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating the Construct Validity of a Test Designed to Measure Grammatical and Pragmatic Knowledge in the Context of Speaking.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Jacknick, Christine M. (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). A Conversation-Analytic Account of Student-Initiated Participation in an ESL Classroom.  (Sponsor: Leslie M. Beebe)

Jung, Ji-Young (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Discourse Markers in Contrast: But, Actually and Well in Native-Nonnative English Conversations Between Friends.  (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe)

Kim, Hyunjoo (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating the Effects of Context and Language Speaking Ability. (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Liao, Yen-Fen (Alick) (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Construct Validation Study of the GEPT Reading and Listening Sections: Re-examining the Models of L2 Reading and Listening Abilities and Their Relations to Lexico-grammatical Knowledge.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)

Song, Sunhee (Ed.D. in TESOL). Recasts, Grammatical Morphemes, and L2 Learning: A Longitudinal Case study of Korean L2 Learners.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Year, Jungeun (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Korean Speakers' Acquisition of the English Ditransitive Construction: The Role of Input Frequency and Distribution.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Wagner, Santoi (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Disputants' Talk in Mediation: A Single Case Study.  (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe)


Kim, Ji Hyun (Ed.D. in TESOL). Focus on Form in Communicative EFL Classrooms: A Study of Learner Recognition of Recasts.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Kwon, Eun-Young (Ed.D. in TESOL). Cross-linguistic Influence and "universal" developmental patterns in child second language acquisition: A longitudinal study.  (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han)

Wiseman, Cynthia (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Examining Rater Effects and Process of Using a Holistic and Analytic Rubric.  (Sponsor: James E. Purpura)


Krohn, Nitza (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). An Examination of the Hebrew Language Needs of Students in the Jewish Theological Seminary (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Yeu-Ting (Ed.D. in TESOL). Phonological Recoding in Sentence-Level Chinese character recognition by advanced adult L2 Chinese learners (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).

Park, Taejoon (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating the Construct Validity of the Community Language Program English Writing Test (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Park, Eun Sung (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Learner-Generated Noticing of L2 Input: An Exploratory Study (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).

Revesz, Andrea (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Focus on Form in Task-Based Language Teaching: Recasts, Task Complexity, and L2 Learning (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).

Seol, Heekyung (Ed.D. in TESOL). The Impact of Age and L1 Influence of L2 Ultimate Attainment (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).

Suzuki, Mikiko (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Learner Uptake and Second Language Learning (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).


Seol, Hee-Kyung (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). The Impact of Age and L1 Influence on L2 Ultimate Attainment (Sponsor: ZhaoHong Han).

Wagner, Mathew (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Utilizing the Visual Channel: An Investigation of the Use of Videotexts on Tests of Second Language Listening Ability (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Suh, Joowon (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Other-Initiated Repair in English Lingua Franca Business Negotiation(Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).


Chang, Jaehak (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Examining Models of Second Language Knowledge with Specific Reference to Relative Clauses: A Model-Comparison Approach (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Tsai, Constance (Ed.D. in TESOL). Investigating the Relationships between ESL Learners' Writing Strategy Use and Writing Ability (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).


Beaumont, John (Ed.D. in TESOL). Passing as a Teacher: An Ethnographic Account of Entering the TESOL Profession(Sponsor: Herve Varenne).

Cho, Yunkyoung (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). An Examination of Epistemic Markers in Korean (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).

Dimitrova, Evelina. (Ed.D. in TESOL). A Discourse Analysis of the Paired Interview in the University of Cambridge First Certificate of English Proficiency Exam (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).

Korsko, Paula (Ed.D. in TESOL). The Narrative Shape of a Two-Party Complaint: A Discourse Analytic Study of European Portuguese (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).

Nottono, Miharu (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Japanese Hedging in Friend-Friend Discourse (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).


Fen, Ho-Ping (Ed.D. in TESOL). An Analysis of the Relationships between Source Material and EFL Writing Ability(Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Fujita, Naomi (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Investigating Japanese Politeness Strategies in School Meetings (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).


Mori, Reiko (Ed.D. in TESOL). Two Post-Secondary ESL Teachers' Beliefs about Classroom Instruction and How their Beliefs are Reflected in their Classroom Practice (Sponsor: James E. Purpura).

Waring, Hansun Zhang (Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics). Conversational Analysis of Academic Discussion Skills (Sponsor: Leslie Beebe).