Elena Cotos

 

 

 

 

Director, Center for Communication Excellence, Graduate College
Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics Program, English Department
                                    Human Computer Interaction Interdisciplinary Program

1137 Pearson Hall or 317 Ross Hall
ecotos@iastate.edu
(515) 294-1958 (Phone)
(515) 294-3003 (FAX)

Degrees

Ph.D. Applied Linguistics and Technology (Iowa State University)
M.A. Philology (Moldova State University)
B.A. English Language and Literature / Translation and Interpreting (Moldova State University)

Research Areas

Corpus-based genre analysis, English for specifc and academic purposes, automated writing evaluation, computer-assisted language learning and assessment.

Publications

Cotos, E. (in print). Language for specific purposes and corpus-based pedagogy. In C. Chapelle & S. Sauro (Eds.), The Handbook of Technology in Second Language Teaching. Wiley: New Jersey.
Cotos, E. (in print). Automated writing evaluation. In J.I. Liontas (Ed.), The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley: New Jersey.
Cotos
, E., Link, S., & Huffman, S. (in print). Effects of DDL technology on genre learning. Language Learning and Technology Journal.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., & Link, S. (2017). A Move/Step model for Methods sections: Demonstrating rigour and credibilityEnglish for Specific Purposes, 46, 90-106.
Cotos, E. (2016). Computer-assisted research writing in the disciplines. In S. A. Crossley & D. S. McNamara  (Eds.), Adaptive educational technologies for literacy instruction (pp. 225–242). NY: Taylor & Francis, Routledge.

Cotos, E., Link, S., & Huffman, S. (2016). Studying disciplinary corpora to teach the craft of Discussion. Writing and Pedagogy, 8(1), 33-64.
Cotos, E., & Pendar, N. (2016). Discourse classification into rhetorical functions for AWE feedback. CALICO Journal, 33(1), 92-116.
Cotos, E. (2015). AWE for writing pedagogy: From healthy tension to tangible prospects. Special issue on Assessment for Writing and Pedagogy. Writing and Pedagogy, 7(2-3), 197-231.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., & Link, S. (2015). Furthering and applying move/step constructs: Technology-driven marshalling of Swalesian genre theory for EAP pedagogy. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 19, 52-72.
Chapelle, C. A., Cotos, E., Lee, J. (2015). Validity Arguments for Diagnostic Assessment Using Automated Writing Evaluation. Language Testing, 32(3), 385-405.
Cotos, E. (2014). Genre-based automated writing evaluation for L2 research writing: From design to evaluation and enhancement. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Cotos, E. (2014). Enhancing writing pedagogy with learner corpus data. ReCALL, 26(2), 202-224.
Cotos, E. & Huffman, S. (2013). Learner fit in scaling up automated writing evaluation. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 3(3), 77–98.
Cotos, E. (2012). Towards effective integration and positive impact of automated writing evaluation in L2 Writing.  In G. Kessler, A. Oskoz & I. Elola (Eds.), Technology across writing contexts and tasks, CALICO Monograph Series (Vol. 10, pp. 81–112). CALICO: San Marcos, TX.
Cotos, E. (2011). Potential of automated writing evaluation feedback. CALICO Journal, 28(2), 420-459.
Cotos, E. (2011). Wimba Voice 6.0 collaboration suite. Language Learning and Technology Journal, 15, 29-35.
Cotos, E. (2009). Designing an intelligent discourse evaluation tool: Theoretical, empirical, and technological considerations. In C. A. Chapelle, H.- S. Jun, & I. Katz (Eds.), Developing and Evaluating Language Learning Materials (pp. 103–127). Ames, IA.
Chapelle, C.A, Cotos, E., & Silva, K. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness of Teacher Development Interactive (TDI). Research report. Pearson Education, New York, NY.
Pendar, N. & Cotos E. (2008). Automatic identification of discourse moves in scientific article introductions. In Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (pp. 62-70). Columbus, Ohio.
Cotos, E. & Pendar, N. (2008). Automated diagnostic writing tests: Why? How? In C. A. Chapelle, Y.-R. Chung, & J. Xu (Eds.), Towards adaptive CALL: Natural language processing for diagnostic language assessment (pp. 65-81). Ames, IA.

Grants

  • Advanced writing support with new technology . $18.000. Computation Advisory Committee, Senior Vice President and Provost. Co-PI S. Huffman. (2017)
  • An interdisciplinary approach to developing an Automated Functional Language Extraction (AFLEX) system to transform the translation of STEM  research to society. $494,969. Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Data Driven Science. PI A. M. O’Connor; Co-PIs C. A. Chapelle, J. Coetzee, K. De Brabanter, S. Gilbert, R. MacDonald. (2015-2018)
  • Validating the interpretation of TOEFL iBT® speaking scores for ITA screening and certification purposes. $125,000. TOEFL® Committee of Examiners 2015 Research Program, Educational Testing Service. Co-PI Y-R. Chung. (2015-2017)
  • Graduate Peer Mentor Program Pilot. $204,428. Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost. (2014-2015)
  • Language of writing in STEM disciplines. $100,000. Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research. PI C. A. Chapelle; Co-PIs W. R. Graves, V. Hegelheimer, M. Jeffries-El, L. Potter. (2013-2014)
  • The grant writing challenge: Broader Impacts text analysis. $61,328. Strengthening the Professoriate at ISU, Innovation through Institutional Integration Program, National Science Foundation. PI S. Quisenberry, Co-PIs D. Rover, B. Bowen. (2012-2013)
  • Research Writing Tutor. $628,567. Computation Advisory Committee, Senior Vice President and Provost; Graduate College; College of Engineering; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Co-PIs S. Gilbert, C. A. Chapelle, W. R. Graves (2010-2013)
  • Enhancing opportunities for English pronunciation practice and improvement. $43,372. Computation Advisory Committee, Senior Vice President and Provost. (2011)
  • Helping international students develop effective oral English communication skills. $34,826. Computation Advisory Committee, Senior Vice President and Provost. (2010)
  • Enhancing academic writing instruction with automated writing evaluation technology. $17,475. Liberal Arts and Sciences Computation Advisory Committee. PI C. A. Chapelle. (2009)
  • Grant for Doctoral Research in L2 Assessment. $2,000. Educational Testing Service. (2009)

Select Conference Presentations

Cotos, E. (2017). Research Writing Tutor. Electronic Writing Support in Secondary and Higher Education Symposium, European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing Conference. London, United Kingdom.
Cotos, E. (2017). A technology-enhanced model for institutionalized disciplinary genre writing support in higher education. Writing Symposium. Giessen, Germany.
Gilbert, S., Kamdar, N., Kalivarapu, V., Amin-Naseri, M., Cotos, E., & O'Connor, A. (2017). Extraction of relevant text from PDF research articles using font analysis. International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications. Newark, NJ.

Cotos, E. (2017). A corpus-based platform for data-driven writing. Writing Analytics Literacy Workshop, International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Cotos, E., Link, S., & Huffman, S. (2017). Corpora in language learning and teaching. Data-Driven Learning Colloquium. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Portland, OR.
Kaufer, D., Cotos, E., Cai, X., & Ishizaki, S. (2017). Linguistic realizations that prime interactive experiences in scientific writing. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Portland, OR.

Cotos, E., Link, S., & Huffman, S. (2016). Effects of corpus-based technology on L2 genre learning. Symposium on Second Language Writing, Tempe, AZ.
Cotos, E., & Chung, Y. (2016). Investigating functional language use for Domain Description. 18th Annual MwALT Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., & Link, S. (2016). Direct corpus explorations with the Research Writing Tutor. American Association of Corpus Linguistics and Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E., Vajjala, S., Chapelle, C., & Kim, H. (2016). Computational analysis of methods sections in a corpus of scientific articles. Poster, American Association of Corpus Linguistics and Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E., Chung, Y., Simpson, E., & Becker, K. (2016). Domain description: Language functions of knowledge structures in ITA and TOEFL iBT® speech corpora. American Association of Corpus Linguistics and Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E. (2016). The discourse of Broader Impacts in funded and non-funded grant proposals. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Orlando, FL.
Cotos, E. (2016). Technology-enhanced framework for scholarly writing support. International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.
Cotos, E. (2015). Genre-based automated writing evaluation for L2 genre instruction. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference. Toronto, Canada.
Cotos, E. (2015). Specialized Corpora: At the Interface of CALL and EAP – Tech Showcase. CALICO Conference. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Cotos, E., Gilbert, S., & Sinapov, J. (2014). NLP-based analysis of rhetorical functions for AWE feedback. The 16th International CALL Research Conference. University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., & Paben, T. (2014). A Cross-disciplinary move schema for research article Discussion/Conclusions. American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference, Portland, OR.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., Saricaoglu, A., & Suvorov, R. (2014). Automated feedback on rhetorical quality: Evaluation and iterative refinement. CALICO Conference, Athens, OH.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., & Paben, T. (2013). Research discourse in Engineering. 11th Annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Saricaoglu, A. & Cotos, E. (2013). Inter-annotator reliability for a discipline-specific AWE tool: The case of Research Writing Tutor (RWT). 11th Annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E. & Pendar, N. (2013). Generating genre-based feedback for L2 academic writers: Discourse units in research article Methods sections. CALICO Conference, Honolulu, HI.
Cotos, E. & Graves, W.R. (2013). The Research Writing Tutor: Innovative technology to support writing by graduate students. Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, 69th Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., Paben, (2013). Methods, methodology, procedures: Devising a Swalesian move/step schema for research article methods sections. Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., Paben, T., & Suvorov, R. (2012). Teaching research writing: A genre analysis approach to materials development. Language Learning Materials Development Conference. University of Limerick, Ireland.
Cotos, E., Gilbert, S., & Link, S. (2012). Scaling up automated writing evaluation for learning. CALICO with International Association for Language Learning Technology Conference. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
Cotos, E., Huffman, S., Link, S., & Paben, T. (2012). Cross-disciplinary move schema for research article Methods sections. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Boston, MA.
Cotos, E., Pendar, N., Babu, D.P. (2012). NLP-based analysis and feedback on rhetorical functions in Introductions. 10th Annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E., Link, S., Saricaoglu, A., & Suvorov, R. (2012). Evaluating the accuracy of machine-based feedback on research article Introductions. 10th Annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cortes, V. & Cotos, E. (2012). Lexical bundles: Enhancing automated analysis of Methodology sections. 10th Annual Technology for Second Language Learning Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E., Xu, J., & Lee, H-W. (2011). Revising an oral proficiency interview test for ITAs. Midwest Association of Language Testers Conference, Ames, IA.
Cotos, E. (2011). Developing academic writing skills with SFL-informed technology. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Chicago, IL.
Suvorov, R., Cotos, E., & Xu, J. (2011). Evaluation of WebSwami for L2 Pronunciation Instruction: A Theory-Based Approach. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Chicago, USA. 
Cotos, E. (2011). Bridging Interactionist SLA and AWE to enhance L2 writing. CALICO Conference, British Columbia, Canada.
Cotos, E. (2011). AWE tool for academic discourse analysis and feedback. TESOL Convention and Exhibit, Developers’ Showcase, New Orleans, LA. 
Cotos, E. (2010). Formative assessment in academic writing. International Conference on Social Science Research, Orlando, FL.
Cotos, E. (2010). Focus on functional meaning facilitated by automated feedback. American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Service

  • Manuscript reviewer: Computer Assisted Language Learning Journal, Applied Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes, International  Journal of Applied Linguistics, CALICO Journal, Language Learning & Technology, Text &Talk, TESL-EJ
  • Conference abstract reviewer: American Association for Applied Linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Convention, Second Language Research Forum, Technology for Second Language Learning
  • Conference co-organizer: Technology for Second Language Learning (2013)
  • Chair: Graduate Writing Support Taskforce Committee, convened by Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (2012-2015)
  • Member: Ddevelopment and Outreach Committee, English Department (present)
  • Member: Professional and Scientific Council: Professional Development Committee, Peer Advisory Committee, and Awards Committee (2011-2015)
  • Member: English Proficiency Evaluation Committee (2009-present)

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Dissertation Award. Educational Testing Service (2012)
  • Professional & Scientific Outstanding New Professional Award. Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, ISU (2011)
  • Karas Award for Outstanding Dissertation. Graduate College, ISU (2011)
  • Research Excellence Award. English Department, ISU (2010)
  • Teaching Excellence Award. English Department, ISU (2007)
  • Grannis Scholarship Award. English Department, ISU (2004)
  • Junior Faculty Development Program Scholarship. US Department of State, American Councils for International Education, ACTR/ACCELS (2001-2002)
  • Language Tester Certificate. Peace Corps, Washington, D.C. (2002)