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ACTFL would like to welcome our 2022 Scholars and Interns who perform various duties integral to helping fulfill our mission. The Summer Internship and Scholars Program is designed as a pathway to the profession; its goal is to help recipients explore the field, develop professional & academic skills, and accumulate experiences that will serve as the foundation for future leadership roles.
2022 Intern Bios
Ali Garib will be working with the PLC team. Ali is a doctoral student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. Ali holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Arizona State University and an M.A. in TESOL and Educational Technology from the University of Manchester. Ali's primary research interests span the areas of technology-assisted project-based language learning (TAPBLL), computer-assisted language learning (CALL), mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), and language teacher development and practices in under-resourced contexts. When Ali is not working on his computer, Ali likes to spend his time cooking, traveling, learning new things, and, most importantly, trying new cuisines. Ali is currently working on re-learning swimming without embarrassment.
Hakyung (Hana) Sung will be working with the Marketing and Membership team. Hakyung is a Ph.D. Student at the University of Oregon majored in Linguistics. Originally from South Korea, I majored in English Language and Literature. After graduation with a B.A. degree, I pursued an M.A. in English Language Education, focusing on how Korean ESL/EFL (English as a Second/Foreign Language) students acquire English grammatical constructions. Currently, I am interested in research related to second language acquisition and corpus linguistics using natural language processing tools. Hakyung was an English teacher at a Korean high school for three years and finished the Eugene 2022 Marathon. Hakyung’s season is summer, Hakyung was born in Summer, and the name of Hakyung’s lovely dog is Summer in Korean.
Hannah Lukow will be working with the A&R Team. Hannah is a language educator, aspiring scholar-practitioner, and M.S.Ed. candidate in Educational Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. After graduating from Davidson College with a degree in English and French language, Hannah spent three years teaching in central Japan, first at a French-English bilingual kindergarten and later as an assistant language teacher (ALT) in a public elementary and junior high school. Hannah plays the cello and once enjoyed a brief stint as a cruise ship musician. Recently, Hannah has been exploring jazz, Appalachian, and klezmer styles. Hannah loves watching and listening to birds. Learning to identify bird calls feels like studying pronunciation in a new language! Hannah also used to be a barista and loves an espresso drink but says nothing is quite as comforting as Nescafe instant coffee.
Nicky Macias (pronouns: they/them) will be working with the A & R team. Nicky is currently pursuing a Master's degree in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University. Their Bachelor of Arts is in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a specialization in ASL Interpreting from the University of South Florida. Nicky is Cuban and a heritage speaker of Spanish. Additionally, they are a nationally certified ASL/English interpreter working primarily in Video Relay, Platform, and community settings. Beyond interpreting, they have experience developing curriculum and teaching beginning and intermediate level secondary and post-secondary American Sign Language students. Their linguistic involvement is growing as they have strong interests in bilingualism, language education, sociolinguistics of ASL, and queer linguistics. Nicky was born and raised in South Florida, is a bimodal trilingual, and loves to attend concerts and music festivals.