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.)

Dr. Sara Kangas

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts. Dr. Sara Kangas, Assistant Professor at Lehigh University, has been named as this year’s recipient of TIRF’s Alatis Prize. Her article is entitled, “’That’s Where the

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Rachel Bowden

Rachel Bowden Doctoral Institution: University of Southampton TIRF Research Topic Investigated: English as a Medium of Instruction Dissertation Title: Language Use and Learning in a Lower-secondary Mathematics Class in Rwanda

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Khanh Bui

Khanh Bui Doctoral Institution: University of Georgia TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Content-based Instruction Dissertation Title: “Key words are not enough”: Multiple Representations to Foster English Learners’ Thinking and Reasoning to Solve Word Problems

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Apichat Khamboonruang

Apichat Khamboonruang Doctoral Institution: University of Melbourne TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Development and Validation of a Diagnostic Rating Scale for an EFL University Writing Classroom

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Yoo Young Ahn

Yoo Young Ahn Doctoral Institution: Indiana University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: Analysis of Classroom Dynamics in a Teaching Methods Course: An EFL Teacher Educator’s Beliefs and Instructional Decisions about Teaching English in South Korea

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Sonca Vo

Sonca Vo Doctoral Institution: Iowa State University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Effects of Task Types on Interactional Competence in Oral Communication Assessment

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Salomé Villa Larenas

Salomé Villa Larenas Doctoral Institution: Lancaster University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: An Investigation of the Language Assessment Literacy of Teacher Educators in Chile: Knowledge, Practices, Learning, Beliefs, and Context

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Rui Li

Rui Li Doctoral Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Digital Technology in Language Education Dissertation Title: Multimodal Digital Storytelling and Transnational Communication: Fostering Inclusive Design Spaces for Emergent Plurlingual Youth

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Randi Freeman

Randi Freeman Doctoral Institution: Anaheim University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Planning & Policy Dissertation Title: Using the Danielson Framework to Evaluate the Teachers of English Language Learners in Washington State: A Mixed Methods Study

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Parisa Safaei

Parisa Safaei Doctoral Institution: Laval University, Québec TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Investigating the Interactiveness of IELTS Academic Writing Tasks and their Washback on EFL Teachers’ Test Preparation Practices

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Panjanit Chaipuapae

Panjanit Chaipuapae (Russell N. Campbell Award Winner) Doctoral Institution: Northern Arizona University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment | Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, the Professions, and Educational Contexts Dissertation Title: Accents and Workplace Listening Comprehension of Thai Undergraduates in Asian ELF Contexts

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Minkyung Kim

Minkyung Kim Doctoral Institution: Georgia State University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Assessing English Writing in Multilingual Writers in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study

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Mingxia Zhi

Mingxia Zhi Doctoral Institution: The University of Texas at San Antonio TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Investigating the Authenticity of Paper- and Computer-Based ESL Writing Tests

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Meichan Huang

Meichan Huang Doctoral Institution: Texas A&M University – Commerce TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: An Investigation of the Intelligibility and Comprehensibility of Speakers of Inner-, Outer-, and Expanding-circles of English by Listeners of Similar and Different Backgrounds

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