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):
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Teacher Education in CALL
  • Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)
  • Applications of CALL in SLA
  • Integration of Technology in Language Classrooms, such as Web 2.0, iPad apps, social networking, mobile device, etc.
  • Computer Assisted Language Testing (CALT)
My professional objective is to make my share of contribution to enhancing teaching among English teachers and facilitating L2 learning.  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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