John Levis receives a Fulbright award

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John M. Levis (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

John Levis, professor in the Department of English, has been awarded a Fulbright award.

This prestigious scholarship will allow Levis to conduct research at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Türkiye, during the 2024-2025 academic year.

Levis’ research focuses on suprasegmentals – the intonation, stress, and rhythm of words and sounds that make a language easily understandable. He will be working with future teachers of English as a foreign language.

His research has two goals. One is to determine what kinds of things students learn by focusing on suprasegmentals, and the other is how much their spoken English skills improve after the course. Levis’ new book, “Suprasegmentals: Research and Pedagogy for English Pronunciation” (to be published by Cambridge University Press), will guide the course.

The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of State.