Student Profile

Çağrı Güzel

Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy, & Culture with Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition

Background

Çağrı Güzel joined the Graduate Group in Education Ph.D. program in 2018. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of second language acquisition, educational drama, and teacher education. He currently focuses on the impactful integration of immersive virtual reality and improvisational drama in second language acquisition. Before coming to University of California, Davis, Güzel was working as a Language Specialist at Google, where he provided linguistic expertise on the Google Assistant, machine learning, and language processing projects. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Erciyes University, and his bachelor’s thesis was about morphemic and phonological differences in the Turkish dialects. While earning his bachelor’s degree, Güzel taught English as a Foreign Language at language schools (K-12, college level, adult) for four years in Turkey, and attended The Teachers of English Course in London, UK, where he had the chance to develop and explore aspects of second language teaching methodologies and techniques. He earned his master’s degree in Education, TESOL Option at California State University, San Bernardino, where he studied how improvisational drama helps develop oral proficiency and motivation.

Education

Ph.D. in Education–Language, Literacy, & Culture with Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition (2018-in progress)                                                                                                                   University of California, Davis    

M.A. in Education–TESOL (2017)                                                                                                       California State University, San Bernardino

B.A. in English Language and Literature (2014)                                                                       Erciyes University

Research Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Educational Drama
  • Immersive Virtual Reality
  • Teacher Education
  • Educational Equity

Research Experience

University of California, Davis

  • Improvisational Drama Mediated Through Immersive Virtual Reality in Second Language Acquisition (2019-present)
  • Globe Education Academy Research, Graduate Research Fellow (2018-2019)
  • Teachers as Learners -The James S. McDonnell Foundation, Graduate Student Researcher (2018) 

California State University, San Bernardino

Principal Investigator (2017)

  • Developing Oral Proficiency and Motivation through Script-Based and Improvisational Drama

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
University of California, Davis (2018-present)

  • EDU 100 Introduction to Schools
  • EDU 110 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 115 Educating Children with Exceptionalities
  • EDU 153 Diversity in K-12 Education
  • AMS 05 Technology in American Lives
  • AMS 10 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 30 Images of America & American Popular Culture
  • AMS 59 Music & American Culture
  • AMS 156 Race, Culture & Society in the United States

California State University, San Bernardino (2014-2017)

  • EESL 521 Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
  • EESL 545 Writing Methods in TESOL
  • EESL 670 Principles & Practice in TESOL

Professional Activities and Service

  • Chair, Education Graduate Student Association, EdGSA, 2020-present
  • Fellow, The Global Education for All, 2021-present
  • Member, Mondavi Center Administrative Advisory Committee, 2021-present
  • Reviewer, TESOL 2022 International Convention, Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation, 2021-2022
  • Representative, Language, Literacy, & Culture, EdGSA, 2019-2020
  • Cultural Representative, Greenheart International, US, 2012-2017
  • ESL Tutor, College of Extended Learning, California State University, San Bernardino, 2015-2016
  • ESL Reading Tutor, Watson & Associates Literacy Center, California State University, San Bernardino, 2014-2015
  • EFL Instructor, Courses, Rehabilitation, Arts Culture and Solidarity Association, KAYDERS, 2010-2014

Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants

  • International Scholarship for PhD Students, Turkish General Directorate of Higher Education, 2019-2023
  • Graduate Group in Education Graduate Program Fellowship, University of California Davis, 2019
  • Graduate Group in Education Program Fellowship for Conference Travel Award, University of California Davis, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Group in Education Research Fellowship, University of California Davis, 2018
  • Globe Education Academy Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018
  • Student Research and Travel Grant, California State University, San Bernardino, 2016
  • International Scholarship for Master’s Degree Students, Turkish General Directorate of Higher Education, 2014-2016
  • International Students Merit Scholarship, California State University, San Bernardino, 2015
  • The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) Faculty/Student  Grant, California State University, San Bernardino, 2014-2015
  • International Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree Students, Turkish General Directorate of Higher Education, 2010-2014

Conference Presentations

  • Guzel, C. (2021). Process Drama Mediated Through Immersive Virtual Reality in Second Language Acquisition. The annual meeting of the Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistic, Northern Arizona University, Virtual.
  • Sanchez, S. L., & Athanases, S. Z., & Guzel, C. (2019). Social justice possibilities of classroom drama across subjects and grades: New teachers’ conceptions and early practices. The annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, ON, Canada. 
  • Guzel, C. (2018). Developing oral proficiency and motivation through script-based and improvisational drama. 16th Annual Graduate Student Research & Scholarship Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino. 
  • Guzel, C. (2017). Developing oral proficiency and motivation through script-based and improvisational drama. Young Leaders Summit, Turkish American Youth & Education Foundation-TAYEF Washington D.C.
  • Guzel, C. (2016). Developing oral proficiency and motivation through script-based and improvisational drama. The annual meeting of the TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo Baltimore, Maryland, US.
  • Guzel, C. (2016). Developing Oral Fluency through Dramatic Scripts and Improvisational Drama. 14th Annual Graduate Student Research & Scholarship Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino. 
  • Guzel, C. (2015). Developing Oral Fluency through Dramatic Scripts and Improvisation in English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages Programs. Word Up Conference, Lake Arrowhead, California.
  • Guzel, C. (2015). Developing Oral Fluency through Dramatic Scripts and Improvisation in English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages Programs. 13th Annual Student Research & Scholarship Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino.

Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
  • TESOL International Association

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Primary Advisor

Dr. Peter Mundy, Secondary Advisor

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