Dakota Hale is a PhD student in International Letters and Cultures with a focus in linguistics and is the Graduate Teaching Associate for SILC’s Introduction to Linguistics course. His areas of interest include the formal linguistic fields of Phonetics and Phonology as well as second language pedagogy, qualitative methods in linguistics, and applications of Optimality Theory in L2 settings. He seeks to apply linguistic study to improve second language pedagogy and develop improved methods for teaching pronunciation. His research focuses on identity and motivation in the L2 classroom, with a particular focus on acquisition of L2 phonology and accent. He has academic proficiency in French and a working knowledge of Spanish and Korean.
B.A. French, Arizona State University.
Certificates: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Korean Studies.
Ph.D., International Letters and Cultures (Linguistics), Arizona State University