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.