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Who's Who

Intensive English Program Staff

For your questions about admission to the IEP or immigration contact:

Lee, Catherine

Catherine Lee

Position: Student Services Program Manager, IEP Manager
Department: International Education
Campus Address: Schofield 3G
Phone: 715-836-4411
Email: thompsc@uwec.edu

Catherine received her B.A. in German and Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and her M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Previously she worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center for International Education at UW-Eau Claire. Before coming to UWEC, Catherine worked for two and a half years on a U.S. Democracy Commission Grant to help support English teachers and students in the rural regions of Azerbaijan. Prior to that she was also a Fulbright Fellow and worked as an English Teaching Assistant for two years in Puchheim, Germany. She has also presented at several international conferences and is active in the field of international education. Her international experience includes studying and working for four years in Germany and working for two and a half in Azerbaijan. She has also traveled extensively around the world for both work and pleasure.

Areas of Expertise

Immigration Advising
Program Administration

Degrees and Universities

M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute
B.A. in Biology and German from Colby College

Research Interests

Re-Entry Shock

Professional Organizations

NAFSA (Association of International Educators)
WAIE (Wisconsin Association of International Educators


Ami Christensen

Ami Christensen

Position: ESL Program Coordinator, Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4910
Phone: 715-836-4490
Email: christa@uwec.edu

Ami holds a M.A. in TESOL from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and a B.A. in theatre from Northwestern College. She began teaching English in 2007 and has taught in the U.S. and a variety of international settings including UWRF, Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, and Baiko Gakuin University in Japan. She has presented at numerous international conferences and recently served as English Language Fellow in Bangkok, Thailand with the Lower Mekong Initiative Professional Communication Skills for Leaders Project. The curriculum she helped to develop and edit for this project was published by the U.S. Department of State. She has collaborated on a variety of international projects with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Youth Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, and several U.S. embassies in Southeast Asia. 

Areas of Expertise

Presentation Skills
English for Professional Purposes
Academic Writing

Degrees and Universities

M.A. in TESOL from University of Wisconsin River Falls
B.A. in Theater from Northwestern College

Research Interests

Technology in the Classroom
Multiple Literacies

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)
TESOL International
Minnesota TESOL
Thailand TESOL

Teaching Staff

Julie A.

Julie Adler

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4804
Phone: 715-836-4348
Email: adlerjd@uwec.edu

Julie received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction/TESOL from UW-Madison. She began her career as a secondary French teacher before teaching ESL at the elementary level in the Madison Area School District. She subsequently taught beginning English and literacy to adult refugees at Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Family Literacy in the Eau Claire Hmong Community. She has taught all levels of English in the Department of Languages at UWEC for the last 20 years, and served as Interim Coordinator during the 2016-2017 academic year. Over the course of her career, Julie has lived and worked in France, Tunisia, Haiti, Mexico, and China. She is conversant in French and Spanish.

Areas of Expertise

Oral Presentation Skills
Grammar
Composition
Cultural Competency for Academic Success

Degrees and Universities

M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, minor in TESOL from University of Wisconsin Madison
B.A. Comparative Literature, minor in French from University of Wisconsin Madison
K-12 Wisconsin ESL Teaching License
6-12 Wisconsin French Teaching License

Research Interests

Cultural Competency (linguistic, social, and academic)

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)

Joyce Johnson

Joyce Johnson

Position: Senior Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4823
Phone: 715-836-3296
Email: johnjoyc@uwec.edu

Joyce received her B.S. in Home Economics Education from the University of Wisconsin Stout. She completed her M.A. in Educational Professional Development-TESOL from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Before joining the teaching staff at UWEC in 2007, Joyce had extensive teaching experience in secondary education. She has taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of ESL at UWEC. Her international experience includes living in Czech Republic with her family for three years and subsequent teaching in summer English Camps in Slovakia.

Areas of Expertise

Advanced Writing
Pronunciation
Intermediate Speaking and Listening

Degrees and Universities

M.A. in Educational Professional Development, minor in TESOL from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
B.S. Home Economics Education from University of Wisconsin Stout

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)

Carlson, Tom

Tom Carlson

Position: Lecturer
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4812
Phone: 715-836-5253
Email:
carlsotg@uwec.edu

Tom studied Linguistics and History in Stuttgart, Germany, after graduating with a Linguistics and German honors B.A, from Augsburg College, in Minneapolis. After completing his M.A. in TESL from the U of Minnesota, Tom worked in Stuttgart for another 15 years as Director of Studies for a professional language school. Upon returning to the US in 2012, Tom began teaching in the Intensive English Program at UW - Eau Claire, and has since taught TEFL/TESOL courses in Second-Language Acquisition and ESL Assessment, as well as courses in Business English and Beginning German. Tom's specialties within the Intensive English Program include pronunciation and study skills.

Areas of Expertise

Pronunciation (phonology and articulatory phonetics)
Grammar
Vocabulary learning
Oral skills
Business English and professional communication
Study skills
Intercultural competence
Second-language acquisition
Language assessment
Communicative approach
Lexical approach

Degrees and Universities

M.A. in TESL, minor in Linguistics from University of Minnesota, 1998
Zwischenpruefung in Comparative Generative Linguistics of Germanic Languages from  Universitaet Stuttgart, 1993
B.A. Honors (Summa cum Laude) in German and Linguistics, minors in History and English, from Augsburg College, 1988

Research Interests

Phonology of my students' first languages
Psychology of language learning

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)
MinneTESOL
TESOL International
IATEFL-BESIG

Oswalt, Emilia

Emilia Oswalt

Position: Senior Lecturer, Doctor of Philology
Department: Languages
Campus Address: Centennial Hall 4711
Phone: 715-836-4161
Email: oswalteb@uwec.edu

Emilia earned her Ph.D. in General Linguistics and Phonetics from St. Petersburg State
University in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she defended her dissertation in
Linguistics/Phonetics. She continued her postdoctoral research and studies at Georgetown
University, D.C., USA and at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN, USA. She has
more than 30 publications on her research both in Russian and in English. Since 2007,
besides Russian and various courses of ESL, Emilia has taught Second Language Acquisition Theories, Introduction to Russian Culture, and U.S. Culture for Non-Native Speakers. She has also advised students on TEFL Minor/Certificate and mentored students in their TEFL practicum abroad. Before joining the UWEC ESL team, Emilia worked as an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia, where she taught various aspects of English as a foreign language, the theory of English and Russian, Phonology/Phonetics, and advised graduate students. In addition, she worked for the Swandean School of English in Worthing, U.K.

Areas of Expertise

Experimental research methods in Phonetics
English-Russian cross-cultural communication
Teaching content-based English Grammar
Teaching in interactive TV format

Degrees and Universities

Ph.D in General Linguistics and Phonetics-Dissertation: Correlation of Interfering Prosodic 
Systems in Bilingualism (experimental phonetic research) from St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia
M.A., B.A. in Diploma of Philologist and Teacher of English Language and Literature (EFL)
from Bashkir State University in Ufa, Russia
Certificate in American English Studies from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Research Interests

Language interaction/interference in the speech of bilinguals and its effect on communication
Cross-cultural communication
Second language acquisition

Professional Organizations

WITESOL (Wisconsin Teachers of English as a Second Language)
ASEEES (Association of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies)
AATSEEL (American Association of Slavic & East European Languages)
SLS (Slavic Linguistic Society)