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Rebecca "Becky" Challenger

Rebecca "Becky" Challenger, portrait
Assistant Director, Academic Coordinator, & Professor of Instruction in Ohio Program of Intensive English
Gordy 129, Athens Campus
Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE)

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M.A. TESOL (West Chester University)
B.S. Special Education (Millersville University)

Areas of Professional Interest

Given my educational background and experience in Special Education and ESL, I have done a fair amount of work and study in that cross-section. I am also very interested in ESL materials development, culturally sensitive pedagogy, inter-cultural communication and teacher training.

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I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. After my undergraduate studies, I moved to an area outside of Philadelphia where I spent 11 years. During that time, I worked for an Intermediate Unit (which is a “hub” for all school districts in each county in Pennsylvania), working with teachers and staff of a very diverse, urban, low-income pre-school program. My work with teachers focused mainly on the special education process, but when I began my graduate studies in TESOL, I was able to work on professional development for teachers working with ESL students as well as helping them to discern the difference between ESL and special education support. In addition, I have had the opportunity to teach a class of adult ELL’s who were mostly migrant workers from Mexico.

I have been so fortunate to have also had the opportunity to both teach and study internationally. I have studied Spanish in Guatemala and taught English at a University in China.

I love to travel! Some of the places I have visited are France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and China.

I am very excited to teach and learn at OPIE!


Spring 2008– “Preparing teachers for ELLs: Practical applications and strategies for the classroom”; West Chester University TALFL (TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language) Conference

Spring 2008 – “Environmental Sustainability in the ESL Classroom”; Penn TESOL

Feb. 21, 2009 – “Teaching English and American Culture in Wuhan, China”; West Chester University TALFL (TESOL/Applied Linguistics/Foreign Language) Conference

Professional Memberships