Office: Room 155G Gordy Hall
155 Gordy Hall
Athens, OH 45701 USA
MA TESOL, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2010
BA in English, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2005
Area(s) of Professional
Teacher beliefs and practices, EFL in post-Soviet countries, language and cultural socialization of ESL university students in the United States, use of authentic materials for listening/speaking courses, ESL/EFL for young learners, qualitative research methodology
Greetings from a new OPIE faculty member! I grew up on a farm in western Michigan and received my BA in English from Michigan State University. After that, I joined the Peace Corps and taught EFL for two years to 2nd through 11th graders at a public school in eastern Ukraine. Returning to the US, I taught ESL preschool for a summer at the University of Michigan before beginning my MA TESOL back at Michigan State. During my MA program, I taught various courses at MSU's English Language Center, as well as teaching an advanced conversation class in a community-based program and working as a research assistant transcribing interviews in Ukrainian. I'm thrilled to be here at OPIE and am excited to see what the future holds for me here!
Outside of teaching ESL, my interests include reading, cooking, playing the piano, speaking Ukrainian and Russian, and exploring the Athens area via the bike trail.
Behrenwald, S. J. (in press). You cannot sit in the same time at the same chairs: Preemptive test washback in Ukrainian EFL classrooms. MSU Working Papers in Second Language Studies.
March, 2010. Pre-Communicative or Post-Communicative?: Ukrainian EFL Teachers’ Perspectives on Communicative Language Teaching. Presentation for the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, Georgia.
October, 2009. Not just what but why: ESL teacher beliefs in regards to teaching writing to middle school students. Presentation for MITESOL, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
October, 2007. Teaching young learners. Seminar for Peace Corps Trainees. Nosivka, Chernivska Region, Ukraine.