Ananda Muhammad is awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Grant from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). Ananda is a doctoral candidate in applied linguistics and technology. Her dissertation investigates the construct of interactional pragmatics in the U.S. university setting through the development and administration of a diagnostic assessment. Her work has been presented at the Language Testing Research Colloquium, Midwest Association of Language Testers Conference, and Language Assessment Research Conference.
Her dissertation project is titled “Designing an Interaction-Oriented Diagnostic Assessment of L2 Pragmatic Competence: An Evidence-Centered Design Approach.”
This year marks the 22nd consecutive year TIRF has offered its Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDGs) to doctoral candidates around the world. Since 2002, TIRF has supported students completing their doctoral research on topics related to the foundation’s priorities. This year’s awards were given to 12 grantees, who are from China, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Turkey, and the USA. Please see its website for more information on TIRF and the awards.