Ohio University

Lara Wallace

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Senior Professor of Instruction in the English Language Improvement Program
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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

Lara Wallace is a Senior Professor of Instruction in ELIP (the English Language Improvement Program). She has taught over 30 classes in academic writing and more than 40 oral communication classes to students from across campus and the world since 2006. She helps students refine their oral and written communication skills, and particularly enjoys working one-on-one with her students to help them communicate complex information to a variety of audiences in an effective way. Whether it is through her classes, through serving as a judge at the Student Expo, or volunteering to participate in Fulbright US Student Program campus interviews, she is a strong supporter of OHIO’s students.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Wallace coordinates the ELIP Presentation Lab and directs the ELIP Speaking Lab. Through her leadership of these services, she has mentored more than a hundred tutors, assistant coordinators, and managers and has led more than 20 training sessions and workshops. She is highly innovative, regularly developing new teaching techniques for these labs and her classroom, and has shared these innovations more broadly in her nearly 30 conference presentations and 15 papers; she is also a self-professed lifelong learner who has attended over 30 conferences, staying current in the fields of pronunciation pedagogy, international teaching assistants, and technology for language teaching (CALL). She also continues her professional development more broadly, such as through SafeZone Training.

One of her key interests is in working with teaching assistants and tutors to develop their teaching and leadership skills. Many graduate students know her as one of the first friendly people they met upon arriving at Ohio University since she has facilitated the campus-wide International Teaching Assistant Orientation each year since 2010 and has proctored SPEAK Tests for about as long. As of 2019, she has taught 19 oral communication classes for international teaching assistants (5220) and has rated SPEAK Tests since 1999. While much of her experience has been with international students, she has also been instrumental in providing professional development opportunities for all TAs, collaborating with colleagues in an FLC to develop and facilitate a Teaching Assistant Professional Development Workshop Series (2016-2019) and to create a Graduate Teaching Certificate. Beyond OHIO’s students, Fulbright scholars attending the annual Pre-Academic program have taken her workshop on TA skills, which she has been facilitating each summer since 2013.

As part of the Linguistics Department, Dr. Wallace regularly collaborates with ELIP colleagues and serves as co-chair of the Linguistics Outreach Task Force. She has led the Outreach Task Force in strategic planning of marketing and recruitment strategies including the use of social media, publishing (and editing) articles for A&S Forum, restarting the alumni newsletter, strengthening connections with alumni, and more. She is currently the department’s social media manager.

Before working in ELIP, Dr. Wallace taught English in the intensive English program at Ohio University (OPIE) and at academies in Cincinnati (Ohio, USA), Puebla (Mexico), Granada (Spain), and Alicante (Spain). She also taught beginning and intermediate Spanish in Ohio University’s Modern Languages department from 2004-2008. When she is not teaching, she enjoys time with her family, dabbles in photography, improvises on the cello, and tries her hand at new and different skills.

Courses Taught

Oral Communication

  • COMS 103 Fundamentals of Public Communication
  • ELIP 532 Oral Communication in Graduate Studies 2
  • ELIP 5200 English Pronunciation.
  • ELIP 5220 Classroom Communication Skills for ITAs.
  • ELIP 5300 Oral Communication in Graduate Studies (for international students)
  • ELIP 5300 Oral Communication in Graduate Studies (for all graduate students)
  • ELIP 5320 Oral Communication for the Graduate Researcher and Presenter

Academic Writing

  • ELIP 5120 Introduction to Graduate Writing
  • ELIP 5140 Academic Writing in Graduate Studies (for College of Fine Arts Students)
  • ELIP 5140 Academic Writing in Graduate Studies (for IDS Students)
  • ELIP 5140 Academic Writing in Graduate Studies (for MPA Students)
  • ELIP 5160 Writing for Research (including the science-only section)
  • ENG 150A Fundamental Usage Skills
  • ET 6020 Technical Writing Seminar (for Engineering Students)

Intensive English

  • COMS Support class for Chubu students
  • OPIE AE 40 Elementary Listening and Speaking
  • OPIE AE 40 Elementary Reading
  • OPIE AE 45 Intermediate Listening and Speaking
  • English Fluency (for Chubu students)
  • OPIE TGERI (Techniques for Gathering and Evaluating Research Information)
  • GO INTERNATIONAL (OPIE special project)
  • Fulbright EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

Workshops

Fulbright Pre-Academic Program (O.P.I.E.)

  • TA Skills
  • American English Pronunciation
  • Time Management
  • Computers for Presentations
  • Academic Honesty
  • Bafa Bafa Cultural Simulation

TA Professional Development Workshop Series

  • Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher
  • Becoming a More Effective and Less-Stressed TA: How to Manage your Time and Responsibilities
  • Applying that App: Incorporating Technology in and out of the Classroom
  • Micro-Teaching Scenarios for Analyzing Teaching Skills
  • How to Prepare for the Job Market

Presentation Lab Workshop Series

  • Assessing and Practicing Presentation Skills
  • Building Presenters’ Confidence
  • Five Engaging Activities for SPEAK Test Preparation
  • Learning and Practicing Intonation Variation
  • Technology Use in Teaching Pronunciation

Other

  • Wallace, L. (December 2017). Resume & CV writing workshop. Association for Students of International Development. Athens, OH.
  • Wallace, L. (2015, October). Controlled vs. free speaking activities. Enova. Online teacher training workshop.
  • Wallace, L., Casal, E. J., Peck, J. (September 2013). Google Hangouts for online tutoring. Language Resource Center Faculty Workshop. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
  • Wallace, L., Wallace, B., and Garcia, R. (March 2010). Using your voice and body to communicate effectively. Leadership Workshop. New Mexico State University, Grants, NM.
  • Wallace, L. (March 2010). Workshop on innovative teaching techniques for ESL teachers. Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Wallace, L. (March 2010). Workshop on innovative teaching techniques for ESL teachers. Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Wallace, L. (Jan. 2016). Workshop on the Use of Technology in Pronunciation Teaching. For Michelle O'Malley's LING 6610 Pedagogical Phonology class. Ohio University. Athens, OH.
  • Wallace, L. (Jan. 2015). Workshop on Pronunciation Diagnostics. For Michelle O'Malley's LING 6610 Phonological Structures of English class. Ohio University. Athens, OH.

Conference Presentations

PSLLT (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching)

  • 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. (September 2017). 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. (October 2015). Technology use in pronunciation teaching: Current practices and hidden gems [poster]. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.
  • Wallace, L. (October 2015). 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. (October 2015). Five winning activities for SPEAK Test preparation. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.
  • West, R. & Wallace, L. (October 2015). Beyond vowel and consonant charts: Identifying areas for improvement in discourse-level pronunciation. PSLLT Conference (Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching). Dallas, TX.

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Wallace, L. (March 2019). Personalized pronunciation practice for ITAs: Three stress-relieving apps for effectively communicating in a stress-timed language. Intersection Panel Session of the International Teaching Assistants/Speaking, Pronunciation, & Listening/Teacher Education Interest Sections of TESOL International, presented at the meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Atlanta, GA.
  • Wallace, L. (March 2017). 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.
  • Wallace, L. (April 2016). Beyond focused pronunciation practice: Goal-oriented conversation for ITAs. TESOL 2016 Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • Wallace, L. (March 2015). Voice recognition software: Saving time and streamlining speech analysis. TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Toronto, Canada.

AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée)

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

CALICO (Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium)

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

OHIO TESOL

  • Wallace, L., Casal, E. J., Peck, J. (November 2013). Google Hangouts for online tutoring. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.
  • Wallace, L. (November 2013). 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. (November 2012). 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. (November 2012). “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. (November 2010). 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. (November 2009). Activities from the democratic oral communication classroom: Empowering students. Ohio TESOL Conference (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Columbus, Ohio.

CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)

  • Wallace, L. (April 2020). A Review of Extempore, a Speaking Practice and Assessment App. CALL Conference(Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, Ohio. Note: accepted, but the conference was canceled due to Covid-19 campus closure.
  • Wallace, L. (April 2019). 3 Apps for Personalized Pronunciation Practice. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). 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., Hunkler, C. (April 2017). VowelCat: Helping English language learners visualize and improve vowel production. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, OH.
  • Wallace, L. (March 2016). Reflexive photography as a method to evaluate technology use. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, Ohio.
  • Wallace, L. (April 2014). Voice recognition software: Saving time and helping with feedback. CALL Conference (Computer-Assisted Language Learning). Athens, Ohio.
  • Wallace, L. (April 2011). 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. (April 2010). 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.

International Qualitative Research Conference

  • Wallace, L. (June 2020). Picture This: Reflexive Photography as a Research Methodology for Understanding Language Learners’ Experiences. VIII International Qualitative Research Conference of the University of Guanajuato. Guanajuato, Mexico. Note: accepted, but the conference was indefinitely postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spotlight on Learning

  • Wallace, L. (April  2014). Flipping the classroom: Using video. Spotlight on Learning Conference. Athens, Ohio.
  • Wallace, L. and Castaneda, G. (April 2013). 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.

COULD (Conference of the Ohio University Linguistics Department)

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

Publications

Please see Research Gate and Academia.edu for a list of academic publications. Newsletters and Forum article contributions are available by request.