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Nikki Mattson

Nikki Mattson

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics

Faculty Associate, The Global Engagement Community

Office Phone: (814) 863-8134


Nikki Mattson began teaching ESL in 2007 and joined the IECP in 2009 after teaching English in Strasbourg, France for a year. She earned her M.A. in Linguistics and a Certificate of Graduate Study in TESOL from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a DELF (diplôme d'études en langue française) from Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France. Stemming from her interest in promoting student engagement, she has developed partnerships and projects to actively involve students in academic interactions in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Her research interests include intensive English program oral placement test validation, evaluating computer-assisted language learning (CALL) usage in second language (L2) classrooms, and investigating cross‐linguistic transfer of Arabic to English in L2 reading. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

• Mattson, N. (2018). Reporting on a University Class Observation: IEP Student-Created Videos. Presentation at the TESOL 2018 International Convention, Chicago, IL.

• Kimura, D., Mattson, N. and Amory, M. (2017). A Conversation Analytic Approach to Oral Placement Test Validation: Attending to Vertical and Horizontal Comparisons. TESOL Journal. doi:10.1002/tesj.335

• Mattson, N., Sudaholc, S. (2017). Interpreting Student Feedback About A CALL Program Through Activity Theory. Presentation at the TESOL 2017 International Convention, Seattle, WA.

• Kimura, D., Mattson, N., & Amory, M. (2016). Improving Oral Proficiency Tests: A Conversation Analysis Approach. Presentation at the TESOL 2016 International Convention, Baltimore, MD.

• Mattson, N., Lynch, M. (2014). Voice Thread: A Tool for Collaborative, Authentic, and Reflective Learning. Presentation at 2014 Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

• Mattson, N., Sauder, R. P. (2013) An Effective Tool for Classroom Management and Student Collaboration. Presentation at 2013 Three Rivers TESOL Fall Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

• Lowell, R., Mattson, N. & Morris, R. (2009). Effects of Lexical Processing on Eye Movements of Native Arab Speakers Reading English. Poster at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Davis, CA.