James E. Purpura is Professor of Linguistics and Education in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He teaches courses in second and foreign language assessment and research design in applied linguistics. He has written scholarly books on assessment, and has published widely in the journals, handbooks, encyclopedias, companions, and other edited volumes. He is currently the Co-Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and is co-editor of two books series. Jim has served on scientific committees related to assessment and has consulted in several countries. In 2017 Jim served as a U.S. Teaching and Research Fulbright Scholar at the University for Foreigners of Siena (Italy), and currently he is on the Committee on Language Assessment for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Jim began his career teaching French in the U.S., and English as a Second or Foreign Language in the U.S., France, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Spain. In his early career, he played a leading role in the development of several English language curricula, including an English for specific purposes curriculum in Iran, in Saudi Arabia, and in Kuwait. He co-authored a successful English language textbook series (4 levels) published by Pearson. Jim is currenting co-authoring a book on learning-oriented assessment (LOA), and is actively carrying out research on scenario-based assessment.
Silvana Dushku is the Director of the Community Language Program and TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, a position she has been holding since July 2017. Previously, she worked as English language faculty and teacher trainer in Europe for eight years. She obtained an M.A. degree in TESL, and a Ph.D. in Education/SLATE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For about two decades, she has been involved in English language teaching at all levels, IEP administration, curriculum design, program development, and teacher training. Language learning is her passion and she has studied several foreign languages. She has a strong interest in teaching and researching vocabulary and spoken English, teacher professionalization, applied corpus linguistics, and blended learning.
Allie Hope King
Allie Hope King is a doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has an Ed.M. in Applied Linguistics from TC, an M.Ed. in Foreign Language Education and TESOL from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s in Modern Languages from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on classroom discourse, specifically what co-teacher interaction looks like through a conversation analytic lens. Prior to returning to New York for her current academic endeavors, she taught ESL in a number of contexts and locations around the U.S. While at TC, she has taught several courses in the Community Language Program, and has been a mentor and instructor for the TESOL Certificate Program.
Elizabeth Reddington is a doctoral student in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also earned her M.A.
She has taught English language learners at the community college level in the U.S. and the university level in Poland, as well as teachers-in-training through the Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program. A former Fulbright fellow, her research interests include classroom discourse and L2 writing.
Natalia Sáez has an M.A. in cognitive science from Universidad de Chile and an M.A. in applied linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is currently a doctoral student specializing in second language acquisition. She has taught Spanish and English to children and adults, both in NY and abroad. She has also taught second language acquisition courses to graduate students, and conducts research with adult learners and emerging bilingual children. Her research interests include second language metaphorical competence and conceptual restructuring.
Nancy Boblett has taught ESL/EFL and Spanish for over 35 years in the U.S. and Spain, including General and Business English at ESADE, Spain's foremost Graduate School of Business.
In terms of teacher training, she has taught Classroom Practices and the Integrated Skills Practicum in both the TESOL M.A. program at TC and the TESOL Certificate Program. Nancy's research interests include teacher education and classroom discourse. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College.
Yuna Seong has been in the field of English as a second language (ESL) education and second language assessment since 2000 and has taught English at a number of universities and language schools in Korea, Hawaii, and New York. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the English Language Institute (ALI), New York University and is currently working towards her doctoral degree in applied linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University with specialization in second language assessment. She has an MA in Second Language Studies from University of Hawai’i at Manoa with concentration on LAMPE (Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation). Her research interests include teaching and measuring second language speaking ability, scenario-based assessment, and metacognitive and cognitive processes in second language test performance. She is also an SAT/PSAT fairness reviewer for College Board and instructor of Classroom Practices at the TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Brian Carroll graduated from Ohio State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s in journalism and Russian language & literature. After many attempts to crack the field of journalism, he realized that his will to pursue writing was surpassed by his passion for language learning. He decided to move to St. Petersburg, Russia. He quickly took a job teaching English to Russian speakers, and beginner level Russian to native English speakers. After 5 years of foreign language teaching, he discovered that for him to become a better teacher of foreign languages, he needed to understand the mechanisms underlying foreign language teaching and learning. He arrived in NYC with a suitcase and the determination to become the best language teacher he could become. Brian has been teaching in New York City for the last 10 years and is continuing his studies in Applied Linguistics at TC as an Ed.D. candidate.
Kaylee Fernandez has an M.A in Teaching Spanish and English as Foreign Languages from the University of Seville, Spain, and is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University specializing in second language acquisition. She has taught Spanish and English to both children and adults, and prior to coming to TC she taught EFL classes in Spain for four years. Her research interests include instructed second language acquisition and task-based language teaching and learning.