Shu-Ju Diana Tai

My name is Shu-Ju Diana Tai and I am from Taiwan.  I have received my PhD degree from Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) with a minor in Curriculum and Instructional Technology (CIT) at Iowa State University (ISU).  I also hold an MA in Journalism from University of Texas at Austin. I  worked as a lecturer in Foreign Language department/Language Center at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) for 5 years, exploring the applications and integration of technology to enhance and facilitate language teaching and learning.
Currently, I'm working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT) at ISU. My responsibilities include teaching and research. My research are mainly related to Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (CALL/CALT), Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK),  and CALL Teacher Education. I have taught a variety of ESL classes, ePortfolio for teacher professional development, as well as some teacher preparation courses, including CI556/456 Integrating Technology into the Reading and Language Arts Curriculum, CI515 Action Research in Education, CI201-Digital Learning in PK-6 Classroom, CI 280B Field Experience in Digital Learning, and CI454 Emerging Technologies in Digital Learning.

My main research interests focus on the integration of technology in language learning/teaching and in language teacher education  (preparation and professional development):
  • Teacher Education in CALL
  • Applications of CALL in SLA
  • Integration of Technology in Language Classrooms, such as Web 2.0, social networking, mobile device, etc.
  • Computer Assisted Language Testing (CALT)
  • Learners' Language Output Through Interaction in SLA
  • Virtual Environment for language learning and teaching
My professional objective is to go back to Taiwan and make my share of contribution to enhancing teaching among English teachers and facilitating L2 learning among Taiwanese learners.  I will also continue pursuing my goal in developing web-based platforms to suit different tasks in language learning that all ESL/EFL learners around the world can benefit.
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