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Emilia Oswalt, Ph.D.

Emilia Oswalt
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Languages

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.

Teaching Interests
  • English as a second language
  • U.S. culture for non-native speakers
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Russian language and Russian culture
Research and Creative Activities
  • Language interaction/interference in bilinguals’ speech and its effect on communication
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Second language acquisition
  • Experimental research methods in Phonetics and Psycholinguistics
  • English-Russian cross-cultural communication
  • Teaching content-based English Grammar
  • Teaching in interactive TV format


  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - Ph.D. (Phonetics; Language Interaction in Bilingualism)
  • St. Petersburg State University, Russia - M.A. (Phonetics; General and Applied Linguistics)
  • Georgetown University, IREX, Certificate (Linguistics; American English and American Culture)
  • Moscow State University, Russia - Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Bashkir State University, Ufa, - B.A. (Philologist; Teacher of English as a Foreign Language)
Professional Memberships
  • 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)