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Department of Modern Languages
The University of Mississippi

Ala I. Simonchyk, Ph.D.

Ala SimonchykInstructional Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Russian

Ph.D. in Second Language Studies and Slavic Linguistics, Indiana University (2017)
Office: Howry 208
Phone: 662-915-8987

Dr. Simonchyk obtained her B.A. in Modern Languages from Minsk State Linguistic University (2003), M.A. in TESOL from St. Cloud State University (2010), and her dual Ph.D. in Second Language Studies and Slavic Linguistics from Indiana University (2017). Her research interests focus on second language speech processing, experimental phonetics, listening comprehension, and pronunciation instruction. In her dissertation, funded by the Neatrour-Edgerton Dissertation Fellowship and REEI/Mellon Endowment Student Grant-in-Aid of Research, Dr. Simonchyk investigated how the phonological domains of perception, production, lexical encoding, and orthography interact with each other in the acquisition of L2 phonologies. Her dissertation research has been featured in the journal Language and Speech.

Dr. Simonchyk has been teaching languages, English and Russian, since 2002. She has been a certified ACTFL OPI rater of Russian since 2013. At the University of Mississippi, Dr. Simonchyk has previously taught in the Russian program. Currently, she is teaching linguistics courses to graduate and undergraduate students.

Courses taught:
LIN 200 Introduction to Linguistic Science
LIN 303 Phonology
LIN 306 Semantics & Pragmatics
LIN 399 Psycholinguistics
LIN 572 Cultural Dimension of Language Education/SLA
LIN 600 Fundamentals of Applied Linguistics
LIN 651 Instructed SLA
LIN 670 Psycholinguistic Research in SLA
RUSS 111 Intensive Elementary Russian
RUSS 211 Intensive Elementary Russian
RUSS 301 Conversation and Composition I
RUSS 302 Conversation and Composition II

Web Resources:
Linguistics Program
Russian Program
Dr. Simonchyk on ResearchGate