Monica G. Richards

Curriculum Vitae

 

443 Ross Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

515-450-4169

monicagr@iastate.edu

 

Education
Iowa State University Ph.D. Applied Linguistics and Technology 2016

Dissertation: Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error hierarchy
Co-Major Professors: John M. Levis and Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen

Iowa State University M.A. Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics 2009
Thesis: Developing academic vocabulary independently (DAVI): A usability study
Major Professor: Roberta Vann

University of North Dakota – (non-degree Summer Institute of Linguistics courses) 2003
Faith Baptist Bible College B.S. Secondary Education: English 2003

 

 

Teaching Experience

 

As Graduate Peer Mentor at Iowa State University’s “Center for Communication Excellence”:

Title: English Writing Consultant

 

As sole instructor at Iowa State University:

English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (face-to-face)

English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (online)

English 180D: Advanced communication skills for international teaching assistants

English 180A: English pronunciation for international teaching assistants

English 99S: Strategies for nonnative speakers of English — Academic speaking and pronunciation

English 99L: Strategies for nonnative speakers of English — Listening

English 99R: Strategies for nonnative speakers of English — Reading

English 150: Critical thinking and communication (Freshman composition)

 

As teaching assistant at Iowa State University (with Dr. Karina Silva):

English 518: Teaching English as a second language — Methods and materials

 

As sole instructor at Iowa State University’s “Intensive English and Orientation Program”:

Advanced English listening, speaking and pronunciation

TOEFL Preparation Class

Community Interaction Class

 

As sole instructor at Xiamen City University/Xiamen Educational College (Xiamen, Fujian, P.R. China):

  • ·    Pronunciation
  • ·    Oral English
  • ·    Listening and speaking
  • ·    Business English
  • ·    Selected readings in newspapers and magazines
  • ·    American literature
  • ·    American survey


Publications

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings

Richards, M. (2016). Teaching Tip: Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference.

Richards, M. (2016). Teaching Tip: Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference.

Richards, M. (2012). Helping Chinese learners distinguish English /l/ and /n/. In. J. Levis & K. LeVelle (Eds.). Proceedings of the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Sept. 2011. (pp. 161-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

 

Review

Richards, M. (2011). [Review of the book Insights into Non-native Vocabulary Teaching and Learning, edited by R. Chacón-Beltrán & M. del Mar Torreblanca-López]. System, 39, 582-584.

 

Other publications

Richards, M. (2009). Out of the classroom and into the community. MIDTESOL Matters, Winter 2008-2009, 5.

 

Presentations

Refereed

Richards, M. (2015). Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 7th  Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Texas A&M University, Commerce, TX.

Richards, M. (2014). A preliminary analysis of the word stress patterns of “New General Service List” vocabulary. Paper presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2014). Introducing a suite of high-interest communicative activities for providing learners’ concentrated exposure to English word stress. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 6th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Richards, M. (2013). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet and LMS resources. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 5th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2012). Optimizing the acquisition of AWL word stress patterns via a principled, Web-based, audio flashcard pedagogy. Paper presented at the 4th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Feng, H-H. & Richards, M. (2012). Needs Analysis and Course Development for EFL Engineering Graduate Students: A Case Study in Taiwan. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing conference. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Sudhakar, P. (2012). Customizing Language-Learning Activities for Engineering Students via LADL. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.

Richards, M. (2011). Optimizing the acquisition of AWL word stress patterns via a principled, Web-based, audio flashcard pedagogy. Paper presented at the 3rd Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

Aist, G., Richards, M. & Niedergeses, D. (2011). Introducing LADL: A Learning Activity Description Language. Paper presented at the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Richards, M. (2008). Out of the Classroom and into the Community. Paper presented at MIDTESOL conference. Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.

 

Grants

  • ELO course development grant to substantially redevelop English 101D online for mass delivery. (2014). Iowa State University: Engineering-LAS Online, $9000

 

Honors

  • Travel Award, MIDTESOL conference, 2008
  • “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” 2002-2003

 

Languages

  • English — native
  • Mandarin Chinese — spoken: intermediate / written: elementary