NFMLTA Awards and Grants Programs - Winners

As part of its outreach activities, the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA), the governing organization of the MLJ,  in cooperation with other professional organizations, particularly ACTFL and the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), supports a number of award and grant opportunities.

2015 Awardees

The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award
Jumqing Jiais a Ph.D. student of Chinese language pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University.

Zhini Zengis a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese language pedagogy, with experience teaching Chinese language classes at all levels in the Ohio State University. S

Karen Curtinis a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Japanese language pedagogy at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) of The Ohio State University. 

Wei You was a Ph.D candidate in reading education at the Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. 


2016 Awardees

The ACTFL/NFMLTA/MLJ Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education
Tara w. fortune and diane j. tedick, University of Minnesota. “Oral proficiency assessment of English-proficient K–8 Spanish immersion students” Modern Language Journal, 99, 4, 637–655 (2016)
The ACTFL/NFMLTA/MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education
Sarah young, Ph.D., Georgetown University (American University). “Reframing metalinguistic awareness for low literate L2 learners: Four case studies”
NFMLTA/MLJ Dissertation Support Grants
Laura Hamman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI. "Bilingualism for all?: Interrogating language and equity in dual language education"
Hyung-Jo Yoon, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. "Investigating the interactions among genre, task complexity, and proficiency in L2 writing: A comprehensive text analysis and study of learner perceptions"
Ju Seong Lee, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. "Informal, digital learning of English: The case of Korean university students"
The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award
Myriam Abdel-Malek, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. "A genre-based approach to teaching writing in Arabic: A mixed method investigation"
Miaochun Wei (魏妙純), George Washington University, Washington, DC. "The practice of placement procedures of less commonly taught languages at U.S.  ostsecondary Institutions: In the Chinese case"
Xin Zhang, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. “Using literary language in spoken discourse: Native speaker perceptions and pedagogical insights for advanced level Chinese language learner”
Renot hendryanti, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. "The impact of an intensive professional development institute on Chinese teachers' transfer of training into their  U.S. classrooms" 

Shinsuke Tsuchiya, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. "The construct and effects of the native speaker fallacy in a U.S. university Japanese language program"


2017 Awardees

The NFMLTA/NCOLCTL Graduate Students Research Support Award

Asma Ben Romdhane was a Tunisian Arabic Fulbright Teaching Assistant alumna and an Assistant Professor of Instruction of Arabic at Northwestern University. She  obtained her Ph.D. in Foreign Language and ESl Education from The University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Her research interests include language and program assessment, multimedia and SLA, study abroad and intercultural competence, and teaching methods in L2 classroom learning.

Bing Mu, was a fourth-year PhD student in Chinese language pedagogy and a graduate teaching assistant in the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the  Ohio State University. Her dissertation “Intentions across Cultures” is to understand intentions in cross-cultural communicative situations and apply this notion of intention to Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) Teaching.

Elena Doludenko was a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Elena’s dissertation is focusing on  the effects of the written corrective feedback in second language acquisition, and specifically its role in the acquisition of the Russian grammar.
Mahbuba Hammad a faculty member with the Dept. of World Languages and Literatures at Cal State University, San Bernardino. She teach many content-based courses, integrating contemporary issues of Arab culture, such as media, healthcare, environment, human rights, media and film into the classroom.  Her research was in cultured around those areas in the field of Arabic studies.
Xia Xue was a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Chinese language & linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My research interests are Chinese language assessment,  pragmatics, and Chinese for specific purposes. Her dissertation investigates Chinese L2 learners’ interactional competence across different Chinese proficiency levels in  the personal language use domain through the paired speaking test.