Dr. Senyung Lee wears a black blouse and looks at the viewer.
Assistant Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Second language assessment, second language vocabulary acquisition, statistical analyses for second language research
Courses Taught
TESL 301:The English Language for Teachers
TESL 343: TESL Assessment
TESL 410: Techniques of Teaching English As a Second Language
TESL 414: Theories of Teaching English As a Second Language
TESL 402: Principles of Linguistics for Teachers
Research Interests
Second language assessment, second language vocabulary acquisition, computational linguistics

Ph.D., Second Language Studies, Indiana University

MA., Second Language Studies, Indiana University

BS., Computer Science Education, Korea University

Selected Publications

Lee, S., & Shin, S-Y. (In press). Towards improved assessment of L2 collocation knowledge. Language Assessment Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2021.1908295

Lee, S., Lim, G. S., & Basse, R. (In press). The effect of additional time on the quality of argumentation in L2 writing assessment: A mixed-methods study. Language Assessment Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2021.1872080

Shin, S-Y., Lee, S., & Lidster, R. (In press). Examining the effects of different English speech varieties on an L2 academic listening comprehension test at the item level. Language Testing. https://doi.org/10.1177/0265532220985432

Kim, K. A., Lee, S., & Byon, K. K. (2020). How useful is each item in the sport spectator identification scale?: An item response theory analysis. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-01-2020-0001

Lee, S. (2019). L1 transfer, proficiency, and the recognition of L2 verb-noun collocations: A perspective from three languages. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL). https://doi.org/10.1515/iral-2018-0220

Selected Performances

Lee, S. (2019, October). Assessing L2 collocation knowledge: What do different test response formats tell us? Paper presented at Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT), Indiana University, IN.

Lee, S. (2019, September). Receptive and Productive Knowledge of L2 Lexical Collocations. Paper presented at Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Michigan State University, MI.

Lee, S. (2019, March). The acquisition of productive knowledge of L2 English academic collocations. Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Atlanta, GA.

Shin, S-Y., Lidster, R., & Lee, S. (2019, March). Examining the effects of foreign-accented lectures on an academic listening test at the item level using differential item functioning analysis. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Atlanta, GA.

Lee, S., & Mukundhan, V. (2017, October). Automated scoring of argumentation in L2 learners’ writing using machine learning techniques. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), the Ohio State University, OH.


Senyung Lee taught English at an English for academic purposes program in the U.S. and at a middle school in South Korea. Her areas of specialization are second language assessment and second language vocabulary acquisition. She has extensive experience in designing and developing English tests. She received the 2020 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award by Educational Testing Service. She is also a finalist for the 2020 AAAL Dissertation Award by American Association of Applied Linguistics.


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