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Monica Richards

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Communications Specialist, InTrans

PHONE

515-294-7668

EMAIL

monicagr@iastate.edu

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans

About Monica

Dr. Richards is a communications specialist for the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) publications group. Her responsibilities include technical and public relations writing/editing as well as InTrans web development/maintenance. Dr. Richards is passionate about building nonnative scholars’ ability to self-identify and self-correct English grammar/phrasing errors in order to maximize their international research publication/citation potential.

Dr. Richards joined InTrans in April 2019, having taught nearly every Iowa State University writing and speaking/pronunciation course available to nonnative-English-speaking graduate students. Her materials/curriculum development experience includes not only redeveloping an Iowa State University online writing course and face-to-face English speaking/pronunciation course, but also establishing the popular Graduate College Center for Communication Excellence English Speaking Consultation service. Dr. Richards’ aim of optimizing learning via the application of language and learning research to teaching practice has also grounded her numerous English-teacher-training publications and book-length English Speaking Consultant training manual.

Education


  • PhD, Applied Linguistics & Technology, Iowa State University, 2016
  • MA, Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University, 2009
  • BS, Secondary Education (English), Faith Baptist Bible College, 2003 


Professional Experience


Publications

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2019.) Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate and automatic production in the stream of speech.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error hierarchy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Richards, M. (2016). Teaching Tip: Transforming any text into an individualized segmental exercise via RelateWorldwide’s Pronunciation Highlighter. In J. Levis, H. Le, I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds). Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2015 (pp. 160-167). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Richards, M. (2016). Providing individualized homework and accountability for ITAs via Internet resources. In J. Levis, H. Le., I. Lucic, E. Simpson, & S. Vo (Eds).Proceedings of the 7th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, ISSN 2380-9566, Dallas, TX, October 2016 (pp. 245-257). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

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.

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.

Richards, M. (2016). Developing academic vocabulary independently (DAVI): A usability study. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

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

 

Grantwriting

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

 

Communicating with students and professionals sharing my field

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). When perception of suprasegmental meaning varies across languages, what is a teacher to do? Poster presented at the 10thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. & Cotos, E. (2018). Segmental accuracy: A recommended training sequence for moving learners from accurate perception to accurate (and automatic!) production in the stream of speech. “Teaching Tip” presented at the 10th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Chukharev-Hudilainen, E. & Richards, M. (2017). Linguatorium: Research-Grounded Tools for Language Learning. TechExploration presented at the Technology in Second Language Learning conference at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Richards, M. (2016). Not all word stress errors are created equal: Validating an English word stress error gravity hierarchy. Poster presented at the 8thPronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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 5thPronunciation 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 4thPronunciation 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.

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.

 

Communicating with students and professionals not sharing my field

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

  • Title:Postdoctoral Writing Consultant (Mentees: International/domestic postdocs)
  • Title: English Writing Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultant (Mentees: Primarily international graduate students)
  • Title: English Speaking Consultation Program Developer (Mentees: International/domestic English Speaking Consultants)

As sole instructor at Iowa State University:

  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (face-to-face course about research writing)
  • English 101D: Academic English 2 for graduate students (online course about research writing)
  • English 150: Critical thinking and communication (Freshman composition)
  • 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

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
  • Community Interaction Class

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

  • Business English
  • Pronunciation
  • Oral English
  • Listening and speaking

Awards and Honors


  • Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2017.
  • Teaching Award, Iowa State University Graduate and Professional Student Senate, 2016.
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University Graduate College (Department of English), 2016.
  • Best Student Poster, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, 2016.
  • Travel Award, MIDTESOL conference, 2008.
  • “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” 2002-2003.


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