James Ranalli


Office:319 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA


Courses I am Teaching

ENGL/LING 526: Computer-Assisted Language Learning
ENGL 325: Teaching Methods for ESL Learners: Oral Communication Skills
ENGL 220: Discovering English Grammar
ENGL 101B: Academic Writing for Native Speakers of Other Languages


Ph.D., Iowa State University, Applied Linguistics and Technology
M.A., University of Birmingham (UK), Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
B.A. University of California at Irvine, Philosophy

Research Areas

second-language writing and technology; self-regulated learning; assessment for learning

About My Teaching

My approach to teaching has been informed by many models (both good and bad), concepts, teacher-development courses, and other learning experiences. Like most teachers, I strive to create a learner-centered classroom; to use a judicious variety of methods, techniques, and interaction patterns appropriate to my aims and the context; and to be available and responsive to my students’ needs.

How I Came to Teach what I Teach

Teaching (and coordinating a course on) second language writing allows me to indulge my love of teaching ESL while also pursuing my research agenda.

Recent Publications

Ranalli, J. (in press). Addressing diversity in CALL evaluation through arguments and Theory of Action. In J. M. Davis, J. M. Norris, M. E. Malone, T. H. McKay & Y.-A. Son (Eds.), Useful assessment and evaluation in language education. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Ranalli, J., Link, S., & Chukharev-Hudilainen, E. (2017). Automated writing evaluation for formative assessment of second language writing: Investigating the accuracy and usefulness of feedback as part of argument-based validation.Educational Psychology, 37(1), 8-25. doi: 10.1080/01443410.2015.1136407

Current Research

I am investigating how use of tools for Automated Written Corrective Feedback (AWCF) affect students’ revision behaviors and features of their written output (grammatical accuracy, complexity, and writing quality) on timed writing assignments.

Outside of the University…

I like spending time with my family, cooking, traveling, swimming, biking, fishing, and learning new things.

Articles and Repositories: Google Scholar, ISU Digital Repository