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Lab Members

SLA Lab Director

Jacee Cho, founder and director of the SLA Lab at UW Madison, is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and a member of the Second Language Acquisition Program’s Steering Committee. Since completing her PhD at the University of Iowa in 2012, she has published numerous articles and given a number of presentations on the acquisition of articles, definiteness and specificity, covert and overt features. Her current work focuses on the second language acquisition of English articles by Russian and Korean speakers.

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Lab members

Hyun Bae is a PhD student in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. His current research interests are multilingual education and cross-linguistic influence. Prior to his pursuit of a PhD, he worked as a researcher in the field of education and taught English and Chinese in South Korea. He received his MS in Education Language at the University of Edinburgh and BA in English at Yanbian University of Science and Technology.

Tina Bolek is an undergraduate student at UW-Madison who is majoring in Linguistics. She enjoys learning new languages such as Spanish, Italian and Latin. Some of her hobbies include reading, playing the piano and clarinet, and traveling.

Vatcharit (Pond) Chantajinda is a PhD student in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. He obtained his BA in Spanish and MA in Linguistics from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. His primary area of interest is acquisition and processing of L2 syntax. His information can be found on this site.

Joseph Moran is a PhD student in English Language & Linguistics at UW-Madison. His research interests include L2 acquisition at the syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatics interfaces, especially the acquisition of modality. Prior to enrolling at UW, he taught English to L2 learners in the United States, Czechia, and Japan. He received his MA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his BA in Philosophy from Beloit College, and his TESOL certificate from Trinity College London.

Paul Oshefsky is a staff member here at UW-Madison. He earned his B.S. in Biology and minored in French at UW-Milwaukee. He then received his M.A. in College Counseling from Western Michigan University. Paul is interested in English secondary language acquisition for adult learners, especially for L1 Mandarin L2 English speakers. He is in the process of learning Mandarin now, and that experience as an adult language learner informs his interest in linguistics.

Moldir Oskenbay, PhD, is a research analyst with SLA LAB. She specializes in education and Central Eurasian history, with an interest in linguistic development from past to present. Moldir has taught university courses in Russian, Kazakh, and English, and has published original research in those languages​.​

Eleanor Sand is an undergraduate majoring in linguistics and a member of the Russian Flagship Program at UW Madison. Learning Russian and other languages piqued her interest in SLA. And presenting a poster at GASLA 16, as well as receiving the Honors Summer Apprenticeship research scholarship solidified her future plans to attend graduate school. She is currently working on a senior thesis on the Russian dative of possession.

Leksi Scarr is a senior at UW-Madison majoring in Linguistics. They enjoy reading about history, politics, and economics, especially as they apply to language and language change. Their interest in L2 acquisition stems in part from their hopes to learn more languages, including French and Ojibwe.

Jun Wang is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Chinese linguistics and minoring in Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition at UW-Madison. Her research interest areas are SLA, experimental syntax, experimental pragmatics, and syntax-pragmatics interface. Jun also teaches Chinese language courses at different levels. Prior to her pursuit of a Ph.D., she received her MA at Binghamton University and M.Ed. at Carthage College. She is currently teaching Chinese at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.