Meet the Current PhD Students in SLS

 

 

 

Aleksandra "Ola" Swatek

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Ola is a doctoral candidate in English – Second Language Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses on English for Specific Academic Purposes, including examining the language used to teach online. The other areas of research and teaching she has been engaged in are second language writing, corpus linguistics, assessment and quantitative methods of research.

 

 

Ge Lan

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Ge Lan is a doctoral candidate in Second Language Studies at Purdue University. He's from Beijing, China, and he speaks Mandarin and English. His reearch intrests include corpus linguistics, natural language processing, and seclond language writing. Currently, he works as in instructor of a first-year composition and as a gradute research assistant for Corpus and Repository of Writing (Crow). He has linguistic and statistical programming experience with Python, PHP/HTML, Perl, and R. Please visit his personal website for more information: http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~lan12/homepage.php.

 

 

Hadi Banat

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Hadi Banat is a Ph.D. student in English, Second Language Studies/TESL program at Purdue University. He has taught in Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and the US. His research interests are in writing assessment, cross-cultural composition, internationalization of writing curricula and programs, WAC/WID, and writing center studies. He joined Crow team in 2015 when the project started and is involved in infrastructure development, grant funding, conference planning, and writing research. Working with an active team of graduate students and faculty in both applied linguistics and composition studies has developed his collaboration and leadership skills. He led his program's student organization as ESL GO! President in 2017-2018, and he organized Writing Research Without Walls Symposium in October, 2018. He enjoys going to the beach and travelling because the world exists to get explored. In his free time, he works out at Purdue's state-of-the-art athletic facility, the COREC, and he absolutely loves it!

Jie Gao

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Jie Gao is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She grew up in a city named Hefei in China. Her research interests lie in language testing and corpus studies. She loves playing the violin and swimming. More about her could be found on her website: http://wendygaojie.wixsite.com/mysite.

 

 

Kai Yang

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Kai Yang is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Second Language Studies at Purdue University, where he also teaches classroom communication in ESL for international graduate students. He is interested in how the field of L2 writing has developed scientifically. More specifically, his research interests include the theoretical, methodological, and philosophical aspects of L2 writing research.

 

 

Kenny Tanemura

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Kenny Tanemura is a Doctoral Candidate in Second Language Studies/ESL. He is quite originally from--that is to say, born and raised there--the San Francisco Bay Area, which makes him, to be exact, a 2.5 generation Japanese American. His mother is originally from Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include (God help him), Intercultural Rhetoric, Asian American Rhetoric and--oh saving grace--Second Language Writing. He owns the singular distinction of not having an MA TESOL, for the muses got their proverbial hooks in him too early. However, he is, if not staunchly, and without one iota of misgiving, a dyed-in-the-wool Applied Linguist in the making.

 

 

 

 

Kyle Lucas

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Kyle Lucas is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. He has previously taught English composition at Northern Arizona University, and he has worked at writing centers at both Northern Arizona University and Ferris State University. He currently teaches composition and is working on a curriculum development project with the philosophy department at Purdue. His research interests include second language writing, the relationship between critical thinking and academic writing, and English for specific purposes (ESP) in academic contexts. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

Kyongson Park

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Kyongson Park is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies/ESL in the English department at Purdue University. She teaches a classroom communication course for ITAs, online graduate courses for K-12 teachers, and first-year composition courses. Her research interests include language assessment, teacher education, and intercultural communication competence.

 

 

Negin H. Goodrich

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Negin is a fifth-year PhD candidate in SLS, and also a freelance journalist and disability rights activist. Her interests include second language writing, world Englishes, and qualitative research in both SLS and Disability Studies. She is the author of five books in Persian and has published a number of journalistic and academic articles in English and Persian. Negin teaches English Composition and Oral English Proficiency. Reading fictions, playing Volleyball, running and painting are her hobbies.

 

 

Nawwaf Alhazmi

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Nawwaf Alhazmi is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Studies Program in the English Department. His research interests include second language writing and learning transfer, writing assessment, writing program administration and the role errors correction in second language writing acquisition. He teaches introductory writing course for international students as well as business and technical writing courses at 400-level.

 

 

Parva Panahi

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Parva Panahi is a third-year Ph.D. student in the SLS program and the current president of the English as a Second Language Graduate Student Organization (ESL GO!). She graduated from the University of Tehran with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Allameh Tabataba’ei University with an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Her academic studies at Purdue are mainly focused on second language writing, and her particular areas of interest include the internationalization of writing programs, teaching writing to multilingual students, and the development of intercultural competence in composition courses.

 

 

Qiusi Zhang

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Qiusi Zhang is a second-year Ph.D. student in the SLS program. Her current research interests include language assessment, testing, and L2 writing. Qiusi received both her B.A. in English and M.A. in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Qingdao University, China, with exchange study experiences in the U.S. (University of Central Arkansas and Missouri State University) for a year and a half. With a concentration in translation in graduate school, she collaborated with her advisor and other faculty members and published six translated books. Before coming to Purdue, Qiusi taught TOEFL test preparation in a private language school in China for around four years, one of the most rewarding experiences in her life. She loves to travel, especially to countries out of China. Visiting one foreign country a year was her dream when she started working, and she made it come true by spending her four annual vacations in Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Korea. As a real foodie, there is literally not one type of food she does not like to eat.

 

 

Sharareh Taghizadeh Vahed

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Sharareh Taghizadeh Vahed, a Ph.D. student of Second Language Studies at Purdue University, received her master’s degree in TEFL from the University of Tehran. She taught English as a foreign language for seven years in Iran. After 4 semesters of teaching First-year Composition at ICaP, she now works as a Testing Assistant at Purdue's Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP). Her main research interest is language testing and assessment, and she previously worked on the assessment of reading skill in English for Academic Purposes.

 

 

Shyam Pandey

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Shyam is a second year doctoral student in the Second Language Studies Program at Department of English. He graduated from the Minnesota State University, Mankato with an M.A. in TESL and Kathmandu University, Nepal with M.Ed. in ELT. He has taught EFL, EAP, and Introductory Composition to the domestic as well as international students. He has also worked as a writing tutor and ESL Lesion of the Writing Center. Additionally, Shyam has managed a U.S. government sponsored an educational program in Nepal for four and half years. His current research interests lie in writing studies, second language writing, and multimodal pedagogies, World Englishes, and TESOL methods. His hobbies include biking, watching Jimmy Fallon shows, and playing ping pong.

 

 

Terrence Zhaozhe Wang

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Zhaozhe Wang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at Purdue University, where he teaches first-year writing and the graduate practicum in oral English proficiency. His research focuses on theories and rhetoric of difference, multilingual writers’ identity and literacy practices, qualitative methodology, second language and translingual writing, and writing assessment.

 

 

Xiaorui Li

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Xiaorui is a Ph.D. Student in Second Language Studies program. Currently, she is also teaching ENGL 620. Her research interests include language testing and second language acquisition. She loves traveling and spending time with her dog..

 

 

Yachao Sun

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Yachao Sun is a third year PhD student in second language studies at Purdue University. He is also a graduate instructor teaching first year composition courses. His research interests are in second language writing, translingual studies, corpus linguistics, and World Englishes.

 

 

Yiyang Li

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Yiyang Li is a Ph.D student in Second Language Studies program. He has been an English instructor in China for 6 years before he came to Purdue. He is an instructor of Introductory Composition and Classroom Communication for International Graduate Students at Oral English Proficiency Program. His research interests are World Englishes, sociolinguistics and second language writing. He enjoys Aaron Sorkin's TV shows and DC comics.

 

 

Ji-young Shin

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Ji-young Shin is a PhD student in the Second Language Studies/ESL program in the English department at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue, Ji-young was involved in various professional experiences in the field of English education in South Korea, working as a high school English teacher, textbook writer, national exam writer, national online English writing curriculum developer, etc. Based on her unique professional diversity, Ji-young researches issues in language testing/assessment, corpus linguistics, and their interface within the field of second language acquisition and writing.

 

 

Yue Chen

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Yue Chen is a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies/ESL. Her research interest includes second language writing, writing pedagogy, and writing assessment.