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2022-2023 GSC Newsletter Sub-Committee

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Leila Gholami

Leila Gholami is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics and applied linguistics in the Department of English at Arizona State University, Arizona, USA. Her research interests primarily lie in the areas of Instructed Second Language Acquisition, form-focused instruction of formulaic language, and teacher cognition. She has published in the journals of The Modern Language Journal, Language Awareness, Language Teaching Research (twice), System, Foreign Language Annals, and Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics.


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Jieun Kim

Jieun Kim is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She taught English at a middle school and a high school in Korea and received her MA from Seoul National University. Her research interests include language testing, second language reading, and second language instruction. She is currently working on multiple projects related to remote proctoring, test preparation, listening anxiety, L2 unaccusativity, and a diagnosis of Korean speaking abilities. She hopes to contribute towards making language testing more valid, just, and fair. She can be reached at


Edwin Dartey

Edwin Dartey is a Ph.D. student in Applied Linguistics at The Pennsylvania State University. He has taught academic communication and English composition courses at high school and university levels in Ghana and the United States. His research interests include language policy and planning, language and literacy education in multilingual contexts,  critical pedagogies in TESOL, southern and decolonial epistemologies. Edwin hopes to contribute to scholarship in socio-and applied linguistics by focusing on alternative epistemologies in southern and post-colonial contexts. He can be reached at

Member Testimonials

During the 2019-2020 academic year, I had the opportunity to serve on the GSC steering committee and as one of the co-editors for the GSC Newsletter. Working on the newsletter allowed me to be a part of the community of emerging scholars in applied linguistics. I was able to read the work of our peers and think about next directions for research. I appreciated learning about the perspectives of fellow graduate students, and I enjoyed working with authors to share their voices. This position also focused on communicating the work of other GSC sub-committees, including webinars and events embracing diversity in AAAL. I’m proud of the work we do as a community of scholars, teachers, and advocates! 

-Nicole King

2021-2022 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Mariana Lima Becker, Boston College
Katherine Kerschen, The Pennsylvania State University
Sooyoung Kang, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2020-2021 Newsletter Sub-Committee

Zhenjie Weng, Ohio State University
Mariana Lima Becker, Boston College

2019-2020 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Nathan Thomas, UCL Institute of Education

2018-2019 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Amanda Giles, University of Alabama

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