Rizgar Mahmood studied at California State University, Northridge, the USA to complete a MA in Linguistics/TESL.  Having graduated in 2019, He now continues to work in Iraqi Kurdistan as an assistant lecturer at Salahaddin University, Erbil. He does research in the areas of Corrective Feedback, Pronunciation, L2 Motivation, Native and Non-native English Teachers, Teacher Cognition, Language Identity, Language & Culture, Language Learner strategies, and classroom-based practice. He is a Fulbright Alumni.