MEET THE STUDENTS
Currently we have 22 doctoral students pursuing the SLA degree in FLARE. One-third of them have been recipients of awards (some more than one award), including the Presidential Graduate Fellowship, the Ballard Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship, the Graduate College Summer Fellowship, the T. Anne Cleary International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (all UI fellowships).
All of our students (with the exception of those who are A.B.D. and have taken full-time jobs) have funding to support their degree work. The majority serve as teaching assistants in a language department (i.e., Spanish & Portuguese, Asian & Slavic Languages & Literatures, and German). Others have worked for the Language Media Center, the Confucius Institute, International Programs, the UI Center for Teaching, or directly for the FLARE/SLA program. We encourage students to pursue a variety of work experiences, including language teaching, technology support, and research. To see a selected listing of publications and presentations, click here.
Please meet our FLARE students!
Language Program Direction Track
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Previous degrees: M.A. Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. Latin American Studies and Spanish, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.
Hometown: Dijon, France
Previous degrees: BA in International Relations, BA in French Studies (2010, Brigham Young University); MA in Second Language Teaching (2013, Brigham Young University).
Hometown: Geneva, IL
Previous degrees: MA in Spanish, Northern Illinois University; BA in Spanish with a French minor, North Central College
Research interests: Phonology and phonetics, second and additional language acquisition, motivation as a factor in language acquisition, Hispanic linguistics, code-switching
Emilia Illana Mahiques
Hometown: Valencia, Spain
Previous degrees: BA in Early Childhood Education, Pedagogy, and Foreign Language Teaching (English), University of Valencia and Catholic University of Valencia; MA in Foreign Language Literature and Pedagogy (Spanish), University of Delaware
Research interests: Foreign Language teaching and pedagogy, sociocultural approaches, study abroad, SL context of interaction
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Previous degrees: M.A. in Spanish Language & Literature, University of Northern Iowa; B.A. in Public Administration, International University in Moscow.
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Previous degrees: M.A. in Spanish (Specialization in instructional technology foreign language teaching methodology); B.A. International Trade and Spanish, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Hometown: I am from a small town called Koenigsee located in the middle of Germany in the immediate vicinity of the Thuringian Forest.
Previous degrees: M.A. in German Studies with a minor in Language Pedagogy, University of Arizona; M.A. in Teaching German as a Foreign Language, Communication and American Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany. PhD in Second Language Acquisition expected on May 2014.
My research interests are in language testing and assessment, especially in testing second language speaking and vocabulary. I am interested in alternative testing procedures (e.g., Dynamic Assessment, paired/group assessment), new constructs in testing (e.g., interactional competence) and the relationship between instruction and assessment. Additionally, my research focuses on language pedagogy and specifically on teaching German. My dissertation project centers on the construct of interactional competence in paired speaking test tasks.
Hometown: Tianjin, China.
Previous degrees: M.A. in Asian Civilizations (Specialization in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language), The University of Iowa; Double B.A. degrees in Teaching Chinese for Foreigners and in World History, Nankai University (P. R. China).
Yupeng’s research interests include Chinese L2 pedagogical grammar, testing and assessment of Chinese L2 oral proficiency (OPI/SOPI/COPI) and Chinese L2 performance analysis in terms of complexity. His M.A. research project studied the perception of Chinese Ba-construction among Chinese-as-a-foreign-language (CFL) learners at different levels. His dissertation focuses on the interface between Chinese linguistic complexity and oral proficiency assessment. Other current projects involve the sociolinguistic analysis of variations of the Chinese Ba-construction in CFL learners’ oral productions, and the quantitative measurement of syntactic complexity among Chinese L2 learners. Yupeng have been serving as a Chinese teaching assistant in the UI Chinese program since 2009, and he was a Chinese teaching assistant for the STARTALK summer intensive program in 2010. In summer 2012 he served as an intern at Center for Applied Linguistics, designing Chinese proficiency testing batteries and building the validity argument. Yupeng is currently teaching Fifth-year Chinese course in the UI Chinese program and co-editing the JUHE Magazine; he is also the editorial assistant for the book reviews section of Modern Language Journal.
Hometown: Albert Lea, MN.
Previous degrees: M.A. in Spanish, Loyola University, Chicago; B.A. in Spanish and Sociology, Northwestern College, IA.
B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University; M.A. Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University.
M.A. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Central China Normal University B.A. Chinese Language and Literature, Central China Normal University.
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
Previous degrees: BA in Theory and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures, Moscow State Linguistic University; MA in French Language and Literature, University of Northern Iowa
Research interests: Second language writing, online teaching and learning, and second language assessment
M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Western Michigan University, B.S.Ed. in Spanish Education (K-12) and Bilingual/Bicultural Education: Spanish, Central Michigan University.
M.A. in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language at East China Normal University; B.A. in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language at Shanghai International Studies University.
or the first one or two years, I want to remain open and flexible regarding my research interests. As my M.A. thesis was on the code-switch in Chinese-as-a-second-language classroom, I would like to explore more on this topic. I am also interested in Chinese linguistics.
M.A. in Linguistics, Delhi University, New Delhi.
M.Phil. in morpho-syntax, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
My areas of interest cover theoretical linguistics, generative and socio-cultural approaches to SLA. I am also interested in language pedagogy.
Hometown: Novato, CA
Previous degrees: MA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (French) from Illinois State University; BA in Modern Languages and Literatures (French; Russian) with a Philosophy minor from Kenyon College
Hometown: Wall, NJ
Previous degrees: M.A. Foreign literature and pedagogy (concentrating in Spanish studies), University of Delaware; B.A. Spanish studies, University of Delaware.
Hometown: New Carlisle, IN
Previous degrees: MA: Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics, North Carolina State University; MA: English as a Second Language, University of Texas-Pan American; BA: Secondary Education and Spanish, Saint Mary's College.
Hometown: Bengbu, China
Previous degrees: Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language at Beijing Language and Culture University; master’s degree in Education Science at Beijing Language and Culture University.
Hometown: Tambov, Russia
Previous degrees: MA in Russian language and literature, MA in ESL and German (Tambov State University), MA in Second Language Teaching (University of Iowa)
Research interests: The intersection of second language acquisition and pedagogy, specifically, acquisition of vocabulary, students’ learning beliefs and learning strategies, design of teaching materials.
Hometown: Shaoxing, China
Previous degrees: BA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Beijing Language and Culture University; MA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Beijing Language and Culture University
Research Interests: prosodic phrasing in spoken Chinese processing
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Previous degrees: M.A. in Teaching Languages (Spanish and ESL), The University of Southern Mississippi.
Hometown: Cheboksary, Russia
Previous degrees: M.A. in Linguistic Theory, Syracuse University, NY.
Hometown: Saratov, Russia.
Previous degrees: B.A. in English Philology from Saratov State University; M.A. in Russian Studies from University of Missouri-Columbia..
Research interests: Acquisition of L2 grammar, game-based learning environments, usage-based L2 learning and pedagogy, educational technology.
...When I first applied to the FLARE program at the University of Iowa I had never heard of much less been to Iowa City. When I made the decision to join the program my husband and I were literally welcomed here with open arms. In my opinion, the best part of the program is the wide variety of classes and the diverse interests among other students and faculty in FLARE. The sense of community in and outside of the university is so strong and the Iowa City/Coralville area is truly a great place to live. Although leaving Iowa City with a Ph.D. will be quite an accomplishment it will also be sad to say goodbye to a place I have come to love.
~~ Brianna Janssen Sánchez
...Everyone is friendly and willing to help make the transition from wherever to here a bit easier. Potlucks are a frequent occurrence as a part of FLARE and allow us to build a great community and sample foods from around the world. The University of Iowa is a great place to study, and all of my classes and professors are always willing to help and answer any questions that I ever have. They’re also quite encouraging in whatever research interests I’ve wanted to pursue.
~~ Raychel Vasseur
...FLARE helped me ready to become the professional that I am now.
~~ Kyo Koo
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