Welcome to my WordPress site. My academic background is in applied linguistics, particularly second language learning and teaching. I earned my Ph.D in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and my M.S. in Education/TESOL from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
Specific research areas I focus on include: (a) instructed second language acquisition, (b) learner individual differences, and (c) language teacher training. Within these interrelated areas, I have presented and published on task-based language teaching, working memory, teacher cognition, computer-assisted language learning, and second language writing, among other topics. Under the supervision of Dr. Richard Schmidt, I completed my dissertation on learner awareness and individual differences in second language construction learning.
Throughout my work, I draw on over a decade’s worth of experience as a language educator, having served as a curriculum developer, language instructor, and grading coordinator in a variety of university ESL/EFL settings in the United States and Japan. In addition, I’ve designed and taught undergraduate courses on second language teaching methodology and second language acquisition theory, including a course on task-based language teaching for the B.A. program in SLS at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Other professional roles have included Managing Editor for Language Learning & Technology (published by NFLRC/CLEAR), SLS representative for the Graduate Student Organization (UHM), and Fundraising Vice-President for the Second Language Studies Student Association (SLS).