Dakota J. Thomas-Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Learning & Development Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am a Ph.D. graduate of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain and a full-time Learning & Development Specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America.

I received my B.A. from University of Iowa in May 2014 in Spanish and Linguistics with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language. In July 2015, I received my M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

During my time at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, I served as. Teaching Assistant in the Department of Translation and Language Sciences for English language courses. Upon completion of my M.A., I accepted a full-time position to become an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at the University of Iowa.

My research interests include second language acquisition, generative second language acquisition (GenSLA), syntax-semantics interface, and applying GenSLA to the ESL/EFL classroom.

At the University of Iowa, I developed and taught a new one-credit course, Creatively Speaking, during the Spring semesters 2016, 2017, and 2019.

At Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, I worked on my Ph.D. in English Philology. My dissertation explores the acquisition of L2-English noun types and articles by L1-Mandarin speakers.