Student Profile

M. Çağrı Güzel
Ph.D. Student - Language, Literacy, & Culture; Second Language Acquisition

Background

M. 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. 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;                          Second Language Acquisition (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
  • Teacher Education
  • Educational Equity

Research Experience

University of California, Davis

  • 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
School of Education, University of California, Davis (2018-present)

  • EDU100 Introduction to Schools
  • EDU 110 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 153 Diversity in K-12 Education
  • AMS 30 Images of America & American Popular Culture

College of Education, California State University, San Bernardino (2014-2017)

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

Fellowships

• GGE Graduate Program Fellowship, 2019

• Graduate Group in Education Research Fellowship, 2018

• Globe Education Academy Graduate Research Fellowship, 2018

Honors & Awards

  • GGE Program Fellowship for Conference Travel Award, UC, Davis (2018-2019)
  • 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 Master’s Degree Students, Turkish General Directorate of Higher Education (2010-2014)

Conference Presentations

  • American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 4-9 April 2019
  • Annual Graduate Student Research & Scholarship Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino, 24 April 2016
  • TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo Baltimore, Maryland, US 4-8 April 2016
  • Word Up Conference Arrowhead, California, US 20-22 May 2015
  • Annual Student Research & Scholarship Symposium, California State University, San Bernardino, 21 April 2015

Affiliations

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

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Margarita Jimenez-Silva, primary advisor

Dr. Gina Bloom, secondary advisor

mcguzel@ucdavis.edu

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