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 343: TESL Assessment
TESL 410: Techniques of Teaching English As a Second Language
TESL 414: Theories of Teaching English As a Second Language
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. (In press). 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, 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. (2018, March). Examining the underlying constructs of L2 lexical collocation knowledge. Language Assessment Research Conference (LARC), the Iowa State University, IA.

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.

Lee, S. (2016, October). A data-driven rating scale for assessing coherence in L2 writing. Midwest Association of Language Testers (MwALT), Purdue University, IN.


Senyung Lee is a former middle school English teacher in South Korea, a former ESL teacher in an English for academic purposes program, and a test developer of the Indiana Academic English Test. Her areas of specialization are second language assessment and second language acquisition. She has extensive experience in designing and developing English tests, conducting oral proficiency interviews in English, and training proctors and essay raters. She is a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester of English. 


Northeastern Illinois University
Lech Walesa Hall (LWH) 2053
5500 N Saint Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4699
United States

Office Hours
Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and by appointment
El Centro
Main Campus