TIRF DDG recipients

Recipients and Findings

The Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) was held online this year from June 14 to 17, and as has been the custom for several years, TIRF was represented there. At the awards ceremony, plaques were given to seven TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant (DDG) recipients – five 2019 TIRF DDG recipients and two 2020 awardees. (Since last year’s LTRC event was cancelled due to the pandemic, recognizing the 2019 grantees was not possible.)

Zhiling Wu

Zhiling Wu Doctoral Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Washback Effects of the Reformed CET-4 on College English Teaching and Learning in China: Students’ Perspectives

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Tomohisa Machida

Tomohisa Machida Doctoral Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: Teaching English for the First Time: Anxiety Among Japanese Elementary School Teachers

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Soodeh Eghtesad

Soodeh Eghtesad Doctoral Institution: Sorbonne Universtity TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Cultural Implications of Assessment Procedures in English, French and Persian as a Foreign or Second Language Classes in the USA, France and Iran

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Larisa Olesova

Larisa Olesova Doctoral Institution: Purdue University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Digital Technology in Language Education Dissertation Title: An Examination of Nonnative-English-speaking Students’ Perceptions about the Effectiveness of Embedded Audio Feedback Provided by a Nonnative or Native-English-speaking Instructors in Asynchronous Online Discussions

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Ching-Ni Hsieh

Ching-Ni Hsieh (Russell N. Campbell Awardee) Doctoral Institution: Michigan State University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Rater Effects in ITA Testing: ESL Teachers’ Versus American Undergraduates’ Judgments of Oral Proficiency, Accentedness, and Comprehensibility

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Aymen Elsheikh

Aymen Elsheikh Doctoral Institution: Indiana University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: A Case Study of Sudanese EFL Student Teachers’ Knowledge and Identity Construction

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