ALIS Webinar: TQ Authors Talk

When:  Mar 13, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Applied Linguistics (ALIS)


The aim of this webinar series is to connect the authors of popular TESOL Quarterly articles with TESOL practitioners. We hope to bring theory and practice closer together by encouraging researchers to tell the stories of their studies. In our first webinar, we feature the authors of one of the most downloaded TQ articles in the last few years: “Native and Nonnative Teachers of L2 Pronunciation: Effects on Learner Performance.” Those interested in pronunciation instruction and applied linguistics research are encouraged to attend. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to interact directly with the authors.

Levis, J. M., Sonsaat, S., Link, S., & Barriuso, T. A. (2016). Native and nonnative teachers of L2 pronunciation: Effects on learner performance. TESOL Quarterly, 50(4), 894-931.


John Levis, Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Iowa State University, studies second language pronunciation and speech intelligibility, with a focus on how second language pronunciation research affects the teaching of pronunciation. He is the founder of the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference and is the founding editor of the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation. He is co-editor for the Phonetics & Phonology section of the Encyclopedia for Applied Linguistics, and two books, Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (DeGruyter, 2014) and the Handbook of English Pronunciation (Wiley, 2015).

Sinem Sonsaat Hegelheimer received her PhD degree from the Applied Linguistics and Technology, Iowa State University in 2017. She is the editorial assistant of Journal of Second Language Pronunciation and an assistant professor at TED University in Ankara, Turkey. Sinem’s research interests include pronunciation teaching, materials evaluation and development, and computer-assisted language learning. She published her work in TESOL Quarterly, CATESOL Journal, and The Routledge Handbook of English Pronunciation.

Stephanie Link is an Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Oklahoma State University. Her research involves technology-mediated language learning with a focus on development and use of automated writing evaluation tools and intelligent tutoring systems for second language writing and written scientific communication. Her work can be found in top journals, such as CALICO Journal, Language Learning and Technology, System, and Journal of Second Language Writing. She is also the co-editor of Assessment Across Online Language Education (Equinox Publishing, 2018).

Taylor Anne Barriuso received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Utah, where she used an online implementation of high variability phonetic training to look at whether learners are able to implement target contrasts in a lexical task in parallel with perceptual gains. More recently she collaborated with John Levis’s team to investigate whether having a "golden speaker" model voice raises learners' awareness of their non-targetlike pronunciation to a greater extent than other model voices. She is an instructor and undergraduate linguistics adviser at Iowa State University.


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