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Younghee Sheen

Assistant Professor
World Languages and Cultures

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    Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, LFS
  • Dr. Sheen received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham (UK). She holds an MA and EdM in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her main research interest is instructed second language acquisition. She has published articles in "Language Learning", "Studies in Second Language Acquisition", "TESOL Quarterly", "Language Teaching Research" and "System". She is a co-editor of the 2010 special issue of "Studies in Second Language Acquisition" on the role of oral and written corrective feedback in second language acquisition. She published a book, entitled "Corrective Feedback, Individual Differences and Second Language Learning" in 2011. Prof. Sheen teaches Second Language Acquisition, English Language Teaching-I, English Language Teaching-II, Pedagogical Grammar, Research Methodology and Thesis Seminar.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham (UK)
    EdM, Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University
    MA, Applied Linguistics, Teachers College, Columbia University
    BA, Political Science, Ewah Women’s University (Seoul)
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Instructed second language acquisition, in particular, the role of form-focused instruction and corrective feedback in language learning.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Christopher Brumfit Ph.D/Ed.D Award 2009 runner-up (sponsored by Cambridge University Press), 2009         
  • Language Learning Research Grant, University Of Michigan (sponsored by Wiley-Blackwell Publishers), 2009   
  • Faculty Creative Activity and Research Support grant, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, 2008, 2009  
  • Priority Research Grant, The TESOL International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education, 2007-2008   
  • Mellon international conference funding award, College of Arts and Sciences, American University, 2008   
  • Graduate Student Travel Scholarship, American Association for Applied Linguistics, 2006   
  • Applied Linguistics and Language Education award for the best EdM paper, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2004   
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, 2001

Professional Presentations

(Recent)

  • Sheen, Y. (2012, October). The timing of corrective feedback and L2 learning. Paper to be presented at Second Langauge Research Forum (SLRF) conference, Carnegie Mellon University, PA
  • Sheen, Y. (2012, July).. Evaluating a task: An action research study. Paper presented at Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE) conference, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, Korea
  • Sheen, Y. (2009, March). Differential effects of oral and written corrective feedback in the adult ESL classroom. Paper presented at American Association for Applied Linguistics conference (AAAL), Denver, CO
  • Sheen, Y. (2008, August). The influence of learners’ language analytic ability on the success of metalinguistic feedback. Paper presented at The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Essen, Germany.
  • Sheen, Y. (2008, March). Colloquium organizer. Oral and Written Corrective Feedback: Theory, Research and Practice. Colloquium presented at American Association for Applied Linguistics conference (AAAL), Washington, DC        
  • Sheen, Y. (2007, April). Language anxiety and the efficacy of recasts. Paper presented at American Association for Applied Linguistics conference (AAAL), Costa Mesa, CA

Selected Publications

Solo-authored book       

  • Sheen, Y. (2011). Corrective feedback, individual differences and second language learning. Springer Publishing.             

Solo-authored peer reviewed publications              

  • Sheen, Y. (2010). The role of corrective feedback in second language acquisition: A introduction to the special issue. Studies in Second language Acquisition, 32(2), 169-179.       
  • Sheen, Y. (2010). Differential effects of oral and written corrective feedback in the ESL classroom. Studies in Second Langauge Acquisition, 32(2), 203-234.     
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  • Sheen, Y. (2008). Recasts, language anxiety, modified output and L2 learning. Language Learning, 58(4), 835-874.      
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  • Sheen, Y. (2007). The effect of focused written corrective feedback and language aptitude on ESL learners' acquisition of articles. TESOL Quarterly, 41(2), 255-283.          
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  • Sheen, Y. (2007). The effect of corrective feedback, language aptitude and learner attitudes on the acquisition of English articles, In A. Mackey (Ed.), Conversational interaction in second language acquisition (pp. 301-322). Oxford: Oxford University Press.          
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  • Sheen, Y. (2006). Exploring the relationship between characteristics of recasts and learner uptake. Language Teaching Research, 10, 361-392.          
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  • Sheen, Y. (2004). Corrective feedback and learner uptake in communicative classrooms across instructional settings. Language Teaching Research, 8, 263-300.  

Co-authored or multiple-authored peer reviewed publications     

  • Sheen, Y., & Ellis, R. (2011). Corrective feedback in L2  teaching. In E. Hinkel (Ed.), Handbook of research in second langauge  teaching and learning. Routledge.
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  • Sheen, Y., & Lyster, R. (Eds.) (2010). Special Issue: The role of oral and written corrective feedback in SLA. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Oxford University Press.     
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  • Sheen, Y., Wright, D., & Moldawa, A. (2009). Differential effects of focused and unfocused written correction on the accurate use of grammatical forms by adult ESL learners. System, 37(4), 556-569          
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  • Ellis, R., Sheen, Y., Murakami, M., &Takashima, H. (2008). The effects of focused  and unfocused written corrective feedback in an English as a foreign language context. System, 36, 353-371.        
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  • Ellis, R., & Sheen, Y. (2006). Re-examining the role of recasts in second language acquisition. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28, 575-600.
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Grants and Sponsored Research

       
  • Language Learning Research Grant, University of Michigan (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers), 2009
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  • Priority Research Grant, The TESOL International Research Foundation (TIRF) for English Language Education, 2007