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. Nelson Flores & Dr. Sofia Chaparro

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 TIRF James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts. Dr. Nelson Flores, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Sofía Chaparro, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, have been named as

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Chunxue Hu

Chunxue Hu Doctoral Institution: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Content-Based Instruction Dissertation Title: The Effects of Concept-Maps-Based Planning on Linguistic Performance in College English Writing

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Nga Nguyen

Nga Nguyen Doctoral Institution: Edith Cowan University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Planning & Policy Dissertation Title: An Evaluation Study of an English for Academic Purposes Program in a Vietnamese University

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Yecid Ortega

Yecid Ortega Doctoral Institution: University of Toronto TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Teaching English to Young Learners Dissertation Title: Pedagogies of Be[ing] and Be[coming]: A Critical Ethnographic Case Study to Understanding Youth Experiences of Social Justice and Peacebuilding in English Teaching in Urban Schooling in Colombia

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Wenjing (Wendy) Li

Wenjing (Wendy) Li Doctoral Institution: Michigan State University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Digital Technology in Language Education Dissertation Title: Tracing Chinese Transnational English Learners’ Language Learning across Digital Spaces and First-Year Writing: A Language Socialization Perspective

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Wei Yan

Wei Yan Doctoral Institution: Queen’s University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: An Argument-Based Approach to the Validity of Interpretation and Use of Chinese High School Students’ Grades across Educational Contexts

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Scott Grapin

Scott Grapin (Russell N. Campbell Award Winner) Doctoral Institution: New York University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Investigating the Potential of Multimodal Tasks to Promote More Equitable Assessment of English Learners in Science

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Ruth Rouvier

Ruth Rouvier Doctoral Institution: Universiy of California, Berkeley TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Research on Revitalization of Endangered Indigenous Languages Dissertation Title: Yurok Language Revitalization: Affective Stance and Language Learning

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Qie Han

Qie Han Doctoral Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Investigating the Combined Effects of Rater Expertise, Working Memory Capacity, and Cognitive Functionality on the Scoring of Second Language Speaking Performance

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Nora Lang

Nora Lang Doctoral Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Migrants and Refugees: Teaching and Assessing English Dissertation Title: “Vamos Juntos en esto”: Peer Interaction and Affordances for Language Development among Adolescent Newcomers in Language and Content Classrooms

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Maria Treadaway

Maria Treadaway Doctoral Institution: The University of Auckland TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Developing and Validating Diagnostic Speaking and Listening Tests for Ab Initio Cadet Pilots

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Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy Doctoral Institution: Michigan Sate University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: 쌤 [Ssam; teacher] I am: An (Auto)Ethnographic Exploration of Novice EFL Teachers’ Imagined and Enacted Teacher Identities in South Korea

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Kathy MinHye Kim

Kathy MinHye Kim Doctoral Institution: Michigan State University TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Assessment Dissertation Title: Exploring the Interface of Explicit and Implicit Second-Language Knowledge: A Longitudinal Perspective

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Chiara Bruzzano

Chiara Bruzzano Doctoral Institution: University of Leeds TIRF Research Topic Investigated: Language Teacher Education Dissertation Title: Teachers’ and Learners’ Beliefs about Listening in English as a Foreign Language: A Multiple Case Study in an Italian Secondary School

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