Iowa State


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics and Technology, Iowa State University (anticipated August 2010)

Dissertation: Investigating the impact of segmented and whole-text repetition on ESL listening comprehension, comprehension processes, and comprehension problems

  • M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language/Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University, May 2005
  • B.A., Economics, Simpson College, December 2001

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics recitation, English 219, Fall 2009-Spring 2010
  • ISUComm English 150, Spring 2009
  • ISUComm English 250, Fall 2008
  • Communication skills for international teaching assistants (180A), Fall 2007
  • ESL Reading (099R) and Listening (099L), Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2010
  • Guest lecturer in Computer Methods for Applied Linguistics (English 510), Fall 2006
  • Guest lecturer in Second Language Learning and Teaching (English 425), Spring 2006
  • First-Year Composition II (English 105), Spring 2005
  • Academic English for ESL Undergraduates (English 101C), Fall 2004
  • First Year Composition I, Cross-Cultural (English 104cc), Spring 2004, Fall 2005
  • First Year Composition I (English 104), Fall 2003

Research at Iowa State

  • Investigating the impact of listening strategy instruction on students' use of listening strategies, with Dr. Volker Hegelheimer (Spring 2007)
  • Designing podcasting materials and revising the course curriculum to integrate these materials for Iowa State's ESL Academic Listening course, with Dr. Volker Hegelheimer (Spring and Fall 2006; Spring 2007)
  • Coordinated participant recruitment and coded date for a study investigating cognitive strategies of students taking the new online TOEFL Listening Test, with Dr. Dan Douglas and Dr. Volker Hegelheimer (Fall 2005, Spring 2006)
  • Collected relevant materials as part of a joint project with Iowa State and Cedar Rapids-based company Rockwell Collins, with Joe Gilbert, associate director of ISU's Institute for Physical Research and Technology (Summer 2003-Fall 2005)
  • Collected relevant publications on issuse of technology use in Canada, with Dr. Carol Chapelle and Dr. Jim McCormick (Spring 2003)


  • O'Bryan, A. and Hegelheimer, V. (2009). Using a mixed methods approach to explore strategies, metacognitive awareness, and the effects of task design on listening development. Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 12(1), 9-33.
  • Hegelheimer, V. and O'Bryan, A. (2008). Mobile Technologies, Podcasting and Language Education. In Thomas, M. (Ed), Handbook of Research in Web 2.0 and Second Language Learning. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • O'Bryan, A. (2008). Providing pedagogical training in CALL: Impacts on student language learning strategies and glosses. CALICO Journal, 26(1).
  • O'Bryan, A. (2007). Review of Levy, M. and Stockwell, G. (2007). CALL Dimensions: Options and Issues in Computer-Assisted Language Learning. TESL-EJ, 11(2).
  • O'Bryan, A. and Hegelheimer, V. (2007). Integrating CALL into the classroom: The role of podcasting in an ESL listening strategies course. ReCALL Journal, 19(2).
  • O'Bryan, A. (2006). Review of Luria, H., Seymour, D.M., & Smoke, T., Eds. (2006). Language and Linguistics in Context: Readings and Applications for Teachers. TESL-EJ, 10(3).
  • O'Bryan, A. (2005). Exploring Culture in the Writing Classroom. TESOL's Essential Teacher.


  • O'Bryan, A. (2009). Timing repetition to enhance listening comprehension. CALICO conference, Tempe, AZ.
  • Hegelheimer, V. and O'Bryan, A. (2008). Enhancing strategy training through emerging technologies: Podcasting and listening comprehension. AILA conference, Essen, Germany.
  • O'Bryan, A. and Hegelheimer, V. (2007). Integrating podcasts into the language classroom. CALICO conference, San Marcos, TX.
  • O'Bryan, A. and Grgurovic, M. (2006). Introduction to CALL. Workshop with Maja Grgurovic for English 518, TESL Methods and Materials. Ames, Iowa.
  • Haji-Abdolhosseini, M.; Hegelheimer, V.; Grgurovic, M.; & O'Bryan, A. (2006). Multimedia Systems Research for Second Language Education.” Poster presented at Network for Effective Collaboration Technologies through Advanced Research (NECTAR) Annual General Meeting 2006. Banff, Alberta. (presented by Gerald Penn).
  • O'Bryan, A. (2006). Integrating Podcasts in the ESL listening classroom: The what, the why, and the how. Iowa State University Applied Linguistics Colloquium, Ames, IA.
  • Hegelheimer, V. and O'Bryan, A. (2006). Making CALL an integral part of the classroom: Effective integration of podcasting into ESL listening courses. EUROCALL conference, Granada, Spain.
  • O'Bryan, A. (2006). Can learner training lead to increased gloss use? CALICO conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Compton, L., Grgurovic, M., O'Bryan, A., Bekrieva-Grannis, D., and Cotos, E. (2006). Review of conferencing applications and their potential use for language learning. CALICO conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Hegelheimer, V. and O'Bryan, A. (2005-2007). Introduction to CALL Principles. Full-day workshop for visiting Turkish scholars, Ames, Iowa.
  • O'Bryan, A. (2005). Research Approaches to CALL. Colloquium with Dr. Carol Chapelle, Monica Cardenas, Neny Isharyanti, and Mehmet Sahin. TESOL conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Hegelheimer, V., Knierem, M., O'Bryan, A., and Fisher, D. (2004). Implementing SLA Principles Online: A Hands-on Overview. EUROCALL Conference, Vienna , Austria.