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- PhD, Linguistics, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Heift's primary research interests are Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Applied and Computational Linguistics. Her current projects include the design as well as the evaluation of pedagogical aspects of Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems - computer learning environments for second language learning that make use of Natural Language Processing and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. Her work has been extensively funded by SSHRC (2003-2006, 2007-2010, 2010-2013) and has appeared in journals such as Modern Language Journal, Language Learning & Technology, System, Computer Assisted Language Learning, ReCALL and CALICO. Together with her colleague M. Schulze (University of Waterloo), she also published a monograph entitled Errors and Intelligence in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Parsers and Pedagogues (Routledge, ISBN 0415361915, 2007). In 2007, she received the Dean's Medal for academic excellence in research, teaching, and service.