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Lara Wallace

Dr. Lara Wallace

Senior Lecturer in the English Language Improvement Program

Linguistics
Gordy 347
wallacl1@ohio.edu
740-593-1991

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Education

Ph.D. Cultural Studies in Education. Ohio University. International Teaching Assistants’ (ITA’s) Experiences with Language Learning, Learner Autonomy, and Technology as Students in a Requisite Oral Communication Course. (December 2014)

M.A. Linguistics, with certification in TEFL / TESL and emphasis on Latin America and Anthropology. Ohio University. (June 2000)

B.A. Spanish major with minors in Music and Anthropology. Ohio University. (June 1998) Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

(Abrd.) Spanish history, language, and culture. Castila: Centro de Estudios Hispanos in Granada, Spain. (Oct. 2000-Jun. 2001)

(Abrd.) Spanish language, Mexican history and culture. Mayab Program at the CIS in Merida, Mexico. (Winter 1997)

Biography

After spending time teaching English in Spain, Mexico, and Cincinnati, Wallace returned to Athens in 2004 in order to pursue her career and personal interests. She began teaching in the Linguistics Department as an OPIE instructor in 2004, and she has taught academic writing and oral communication in the ELIP Academic & Global Communication Program since its inception.

Under her guidance, the ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab has grown and has opened a Speaking Lab as well for ELIP’s Oral Communication students. She is also active in collaborating with faculty and students across campus, most recently through mentoring students with their service learning projects, mentoring tutors with the workshops they create and give, as well as developing and delivering TA Professional Development workshops.

She considers it a privilege to meet and work with people from around the world who have come to Athens for their graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, study abroad, and Fulbright pre-college orientation.

Her primary research interests are in teaching and acquiring new pronunciation patterns, International Teaching Assistants’ (ITAs) experiences with improving spoken English intelligibility, the student-centered classroom, and CALL.

Experience

Senior Lecturer in the ELIP Academic and Global Communication Program, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University. Apr. 2018-Present. Senior lecturer in writing and oral communication classes for graduate and undergraduate students.  ELIP Pronunciation Lab Coordinator; hires and trains tutors; oversees tutor-led workshops; creates budget; revises handbooks. ELIP Speaking Lab Director. Co-Chair of Ling. Outreach and Visibility Task Force and Social Media Manager, Oversees service learning collaboration with CSD students and serves as project lead and mentor.  SPEAK Test rater.  Writes and edits promotional stories for Compass and A&S Forum, including photography. Member of Faculty Learning Community on TAs (Fall 2015-present).

Lecturer in the ELIP Academic and Global Communication Program, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University. Sept. 2008-Apr. 2018. Lecturer in writing and oral communication classes for graduate and undergraduate students.  ELIP Pronunciation Lab Coordinator; hired and trained tutors; oversaw tutor-led workshops; created budget; created and revised handbooks. ELIP Speaking Lab Director. Co-Chair of Ling. External Relations Task Force and Social Media Manager, Member of Linguistics MA Program Task Force. Oversaw service learning collaboration with CSD students and served as project lead and mentor.  SPEAK Test rater.  Wrote and edited promotional stories for Compass and A&S Forum, including photography. ELIP Facebook Page Creator and Manager. Student Expo Judge (Apr. 2017). Member of Faculty Learning Community on TAs (Fall 2015-present).

Instructor for the Ohio Program of Intensive English’s Summer Pre-Academic Program for Fulbright Students, Department of Linguistics, Ohio University. July-Aug. of 2007, 2008, 2012-2018. Gave the following workshops over the years: Academic Honesty, Time Management, ITA Skills, Bafa Bafa Cultural Simulation, and American English Pronunciation. Instructed English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

English Instructor in the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE), Department of Linguistics, Ohio University. Jan. 2004-Aug. 2008. Taught a variety of classes for both graduate students and undergraduate students of various levels. Composition rater. Social Director for Go International’s inaugural year (Summer 2004). Pronunciation tutor 2004-2005. Coordinator of the Pronunciation Lab and tutor from 2005; created handbook; hired and trained tutors; collaborated with and trained OPIE Coordinator after department split. SPEAK Test rater. Reading Lab facilitator.

Spanish Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages, Ohio University. Jan. 2004-June 2008. Taught a variety of beginning and intermediate classes to predominately undergraduate students.

Owner-Operator of Pangaea Tea: International Coffee and Tea Room (74 E. State St. in Athens, OH). Aug. 2005-Jan. 2007. Conducted market research, acquired funding, and acquired the necessary licenses and equipment to start up this business. Created the menu. Hired and trained staff. Created marketing and promotional materials. Managed payroll and paid bills. Catered events and festivals.

English Instructor at Conversa Language Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sept. 2002-Jan. 2004. Taught ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Also translated and interpreted Spanish, and gained experience in invoicing.

English Department Director and Instructor at La Universidad de la Sierra, A.C. in Puebla, Mexico. Aug. 2001-June 2002. Taught ESL and oversaw the instructors. Revamped the curriculum to match national standards. Created English faculty manual. Hired new faculty.

English Instructor at el Instituto Anglo Frances (El Universo de Lenguaje, A.C.) in Puebla, Mexico. Feb. 2002-June 2002. Taught a variety of classes for students of various ages and levels.

English Instructor at Escuela Arte Granada in Granada, Spain. Oct. 2000-June 2001. Taught classes on English pronunciation and conversation to students of many ages (children – working adults).

English Instructor at Academia de Idiomas Zaidin in Granada, Spain. Oct. 2000-June 2001. Taught classes on English pronunciation and conversation at this private academy to students of many ages (children – working adults).

English Instructor at Professional English in Alicante, Spain. Sept. 2000-Oct. 2000. Taught a variety of English classes for young children.

Teaching Assistant in the Department of Linguistics, Ohio University. Sept. 1998-June 2000. Taught ESL to 10- to 12-year-olds at East Elementary School. Taught Linguistics 270. Tutored in the Pronunciation Lab. Rated SPEAK Tests.

Publications

Wallace, L. (2018, March). Using YouGLish with ITAs to increase input and speaking opportunities. ITAIS Newsletter. Retrieved from: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolitais/issues/2018-03-07/4.html

Wallace, L. & Lima, E. F. (2018). Technology for teaching pronunciation. TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley and TESOL International.

Wallace, L. & Hunkler, C. (2017). YouGlish: Using authentic English videos for pronunciation and presentation practice. CALL-IS Newsletter. Retrieved from: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolcallis/issues/2017-09-12/7.html.

Wallace, L. & Gallego, M., (2016, September). Arts & Sciences offers new teaching workshops and two teaching certificates for graduate students. College of Arts & Sciences Forum.

Wallace, L. (2016). Using Google web speech as a springboard for identifying personal pronunciation problems. In J. Levis, H. Le, I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds.). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (pp. 180-186). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Wallace, L. and Lima, E. F. (2016). Intelligibility: Five winning activities for speak test preparation. In J. Levis, H. Le, I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds.). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (pp. 197-210). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Wallace, L. (2015). Voice recognition software: Saving time and helping with feedback. ITAIS Newsletter.

Wallace, L. (2015). Reflexive photography, attitudes, behavior, and CALL: ITAs improving spoken English intelligibility. CALICO Journal, 32(3), 449-479. doi:10.1558/cj.v32i3.26384

Wallace, L. (2014). International Teaching Assistants’ (ITA’) Experiences with Language Learning, Learner Autonomy, and Technology as Students in a Requisite Oral Communication Course. (Electronic Dissertation).

Wallace, L. (2014, April). ELIP mock interviews: Tips for graduate students applying for jobs. College of Arts & Sciences Forum.

Wallace, L. (2013, August). Taking the first step: International Teaching Assistants’ motivation to improve their spoken English intelligibility. ITAIS Newsletter.

Wallace, L. and Chen, Y.C. (2012, December). Using music to facilitate pronunciation teaching: Practice, segmentals, and discourse intonation. ITAIS Newsletter.

Wallace, L. (2012). Moving ITAs from the wings to center stage: Leading discussions in an ITA preparatory course. ITAIS Newsletter.

Presentations and Workshops

Wallace, L. & Fernandez, S. (September 2018). Personalizing peak vowel training in stressed syllables for perception and production. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Ames, IA.

Wallace, L. (Aug. 2018). Ohio University's ITA Orientation. Teaching Assistant Orientation / Graduate Student Orientation. Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (Aug. 2018). TA skills workshop. Fulbright Pre-Academic Program. Athens, OH.

Forhan, L., Schwartz, A., O'Brien, P., & Wallace, L. (Aug. 2018). Bafa Bafa cultural simulation. Fulbright Pre-Academic Program. Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (April, 2018). An introduction to YouGlish: Increasing English input and pronunciation practice in English. CALL Conference (Computer Assisted Language Learning). Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. & Lima, E. (March, 2018). Creating a winning impression as a teacher. FLC TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Athens, OH.

Lima, E. & Wallace, L. (Feb. 2018). Becoming a more effective and less stressed TA: How to manage your time and responsibilities. FLC TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (Jan. 2018). Giving academic oral presentations. Guest speaker for LING 5520. Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (Dec. 2017). Resume & CV writing workshop. Association for Students of International Development. Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (Nov. 2017). Five engaging activities for SPEAK Test Preparation. ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab Workshop Series. Athens, OH.

Chilelli, C. & Wallace, L. (2017, October). Applying that app: Incorporating technology in and out of the classroom. Faculty Learning Community - TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L., Lima., E. F., & Boczko, E. (2017, October). Creating a winning impression as a teacher. Faculty Learning Community - TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (2017, September). 6 ways to use YouGlish to increase input, and to focus pronunciation practice. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Salt Lake City, UT

Wallace, L., Lima, E., Hunkler, C. (2017, April). VowelCat: Helping English language learners visualize and improve vowel production. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, OH.

Wallace, L., Lima, E. F., & Boczko, E. (2017, March). Winning impression. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (2017, March). Engaging students in pronunciation learning, empowering them with input: Using Youglish to practice pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation. TESOL 2017 Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Seattle, WA, USA.

Lima, E. F., Wallace, L., & Boczko, E. (2017, Feb.). Becoming a more effective & less-stressed TA: How to manage your time and responsibilities. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH

Wallace, L. & Lima, E. F. (2016, October). Five engaging SPEAK Test preparation activities. ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Boczko, E., Chilleli, C., and Wallace, L. (2016, October). Micro-teaching scenarios for analyzing teaching skills. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L., & Lima, E. F., (2016, October). Winning impression. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (2016, April). Learning and Practicing Intonation Variation. ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L., Lima, E. F., Gallego, M, & Boczko, E. (2016, April). Becoming a more effective & less-stressed TA: How to manage your time and responsibilities. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH

Wallace, L. (2016, April). Beyond focused pronunciation practice: Goal-oriented conversation for ITAs. TESOL 2016 Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Baltimore, MD, USA.

Lima, E. F., Wallace, L., & Boczko, E. (2016, March). Winning impression. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Gallego, M. & Wallace, L. (2016, March). How to Prepare for the Job Market. Faculty Learning Community–TA Professional Development Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH

Wallace, L. (2016, March). Reflexive photography as a method to evaluate technology use. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. & Lima, E. F. (2015, November). Five SPEAK Test preparation activities. ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (2015, November). Technology use in teaching pronunciation. ELIP Pronunciation & Presentation Lab Workshop Series. Ohio University, Athens, OH.

Wallace, L. (2015, October). Technology use in pronunciation teaching: Current practices and hidden gems [poster]. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.

Wallace, L. (2015, October). Using Google Web Speech as a springboard for identifying potential pronunciation problems. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.

Wallace, L. & Lima, E. (2015, October). Five winning activities for SPEAK Test preparation. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.

West, R. & Wallace, L. (2015, October). Beyond vowel and consonant charts: Identifying areas for improvement in discourse-level pronunciation. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.

Wallace, L. (2015, October). Controlled vs. free speaking activities. Enova. Online teacher training workshop.

Wallace, L. (2015, May). Voice recognition software: Saving time and streamlining speech analysis English Talk Shop. Online video conference presentation.

Wallace, L. (2015, March). Voice recognition software: Saving time and streamlining speech analysis. TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Toronto, Canada.

Wallace, L. (2014, May). Technology for language learning: Current uses among ITAs and future directions. CALICO Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium). Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2014, April). Voice recognition software: Saving time and helping with feedback. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2014, April). Flipping the classroom: Using video. Spotlight on Learning Conference. Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L., Casal, E. J., Peck, J. (2013, November). Google Hangouts for online tutoring. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2013, November). A crash course in teaching discourse intonation, subtle but powerful features of pronunciation. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L., Casal, E. J., Peck, J. (2013, September). Google Hangouts for online tutoring. Language Resource Center Faculty Workshop. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. and Castaneda, G. (2013, April). Reaching out to students of diverse backgrounds. 2013 Spotlight on Learning Conference: Pathfinders in Higher Education: Innovations/Adaptations, Techniques and Strategies in Teaching. Ohio University. Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2013, March). TESOL endorsement: Working with ELLs. Rural Urban Collaborative Symposium in Chillicothe. Ohio University, Chillicothe, OH.

Wallace, L. (2012, November). Promoting in-depth discussion in the ITA classroom: Three winning activities. Ohio TESOL Conferences (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L. and Hitchcock, C. (2012, November). “What’s in your bag?” Clarifying abstract concepts with everyday objects. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2011, April). Re-envisioning the blog as a platform for course content creation in the student-centered classroom. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Ohio University. Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2010, November). The use of Survey Monkey in the empowering classroom: An introduction, activities, and a chance to monkey around with the software. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2010, April). The use of Survey Monkey in the empowering classroom: An introduction, activities, and a chance to monkey around with the software. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Ohio University. Athens, Ohio.

Bikowski, D. and Wallace, L. (2010, April). Best practices in teaching nonnative English speaking students in the writing classroom. English Department Workshop. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L., Wallace, B., and Garcia, R. (2010, March). Using your voice and body to communicate effectively. Leadership Workshop. New Mexico State University, Grants, NM.

Wallace, L. (2010, March). Workshop on innovative teaching techniques for ESL teachers. Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM.

Wallace, L. (2010, March). Workshop on innovative teaching techniques for ESL teachers. Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM.

Wallace, L. (2010, February). A voice for international teaching assistants: A look into classroom practice. The 10th annual Graduate Student Conference on Leadership, Culture, and Pedagogy. Oxford, Ohio. (Presented by Dr. Francis Godwyll since I could not attend).

Wallace, L. (2009, November). Activities from the democratic oral communication classroom: Empowering students. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2007, May). Forget about fossilization: Acquiring new pronunciation patterns. COULD Conference (Conference of Ohio University Linguistics Department). Ohio University. Athens, Ohio.

Wallace, L. (2002, December). Positive impact: Working with students to create the most optimal learning experience. AILA Conference (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée). Singapore.

Teaching Experience

Presentations, Speaking & Pronunciation

  • COMS 103: Fundamentals of Public Communication. Spring 2005
  • ELIP 532: Oral Communication in Graduate Studies 2. Spring 2009
  • ELIP 5200: English Pronunciation. Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
  • ELIP 5220 (OPIE 581): Classroom Communication Skills for ITAs. Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Spring 2008, Winter 2007, Fall 2006. Spring 2018.
  • ELIP 5300 (OPIE 582): Oral Communication in Graduate Studies. Spring 2013, Winter 2012, Spring 2011, Winter 2011, Summer 2010, Spring 2009, Winter 2008, Summer 2007, Summer 2006, Spring 2006, Winter 2006.
  • ELIP 5320: Oral Communication for the Graduate Researcher and Presenter. Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014 Spring 2013. Spring 2018.

Writing

ELIP 5120 (OPIE 573): Introduction to Graduate Writing. Spring 2012, Winter 2012, Winter 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007.

ELIP 5140: Academic Writing in Graduate Studies (for College of Fine Arts Students). Spring 2017.

ELIP 5140: Academic Writing in Graduate Studies (for MPA Students). Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014. Fall 2018.

ELIP 5160: Writing for Research (including the science-only section). Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012. Fall 2018.

ENG 150A: Fundamental Usage Skills. Winter 2011, Summer 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2010, Fall 2009.

ET 6020: Technical Writing Seminar (for Engineering Students). Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015. Spring 2018. Fall 2018.

Intensive English (ESL)

  • COMS 103 for OPIE: Support class for Chubu students. Spring 2005
  • OPIE AE 40: Elementary Listening and Speaking. Summer 2006
  • OPIE AE 40: Elementary Reading. Spring 2004
  • OPIE AE 45: Intermediate Listening and Speaking. Spring 2005
  • OPIE: English Fluency (for Chubu students). Summer 2006, Spring 2006, Summer 2005, Summer 2004.
  • OPIE: TGERI (Techniques for Gathering and Evaluating Research Information). Summer 2004

Spanish

  • SPAN 111: Elementary Spanish. Winter 2006, Winter 2004
  • SPAN 112: Elementary Spanish. Spring 2004
  • SPAN 211 / 513: Intermediate Spanish. Fall 2007, Winter 2007, Winter 2005, Fall 2004, Winter 2004.
  • SPAN 212: Intermediate Spanish. Spring 2008, Winter 2008, Spring 2007, Spring 2006, Summer 2005, Winter 2005.
  • SPAN 213: Intermediate Spanish. Fall 2007, Fall 2006, Summer 2006, Fall 2005.

Professional Development

Flipped Classroom Studio. Studio by Academic Technologies. Ohio University. Jul.-Aug. 2013

Ohio Safe Zone: Becoming an Ally and Advocate. Training session by LGBTQ Center. Ohio University. Mar. 2013

Active Shooter Response Training. Training session by OUPD. Ohio University. Feb. 2013

Teaching, Learning, and Tomorrow’s Students: Multicultural and Global Perspectives. Mini-conference. Ohio University. Jun. 2009

Affiliations/Memberships

  • PSLLT
  • TESOL
  • CALICO
  • Ohio TESOL
  • Mexico TESOL
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi Spanish National Honor Society
  • LSOU (Linguistics Society of Ohio University)

Research Interests

Teaching and acquiring new pronunciation patterns, International Teaching Assistants’ (ITAs) experiences with improving spoken English intelligibility, the student-centered classroom, and CALL.


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