Lama Nassif is a PhD student from Syria in the Foreign Language Education Program at University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as a teaching assistant at the Middle Eastern Studies Department. She earned an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature, a Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation from Damascus University. She also earned an MA in TESOL and a Certificate in Computer-Assisted Language Learning from Monterey Institute of International Studies on a Fulbright Scholarship. Lama has taught English and Arabic at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 12 years in Syria, Kuwait, and the United States. She has also been involved in several institution-wide projects concerning curriculum design, materials evaluation, and assessment. She is interested in second language acquisition, particularly cognitive approaches, and the interface between second language acquisition and second language pedagogy.