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Chelsea Benton-Monahan

Chelsea Benton-Monahan

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
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Chelsea is an adjunct lecturer for both the IECP and the ESL/EAP program in Applied Linguistics. She graduated from Penn State in 2017 with a master’s degree in TESL, where she focused on language policy in Morocco. Her experience includes seven years of working in student-support roles at Penn State in the Office of Global Programs and Smeal College of Business, as well as three years teaching English in Meknes, Morocco. She is very passionate about languages, and knows French and Moroccan Arabic. She has only recently begun teaching again and is thrilled to be back in the classroom, where she hopes to grow both professionally and personally.

Publications:

Makoni, S. & Abdelhay, A. (2020). Contributed chapter entitled “Berber Language Policy in Morocco” in Language Ideologies, ethnicities, and semiotic spaces of power. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon-Twine.

Münire Bozdemir

Münire Bozdemir

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
  • Student Center Coordinator
Isaac Bretz

Isaac Bretz

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
Bryan Buschner

Bryan Buschner

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
Jackie Gianico

Jackie Gianico

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Associate Director of Academics
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Jackie Gianico has been teaching since 2006 and joined the IECP faculty in 2012 after having previously worked for the program as a teaching assistant. She has been IECP Academic Coordinator since 2013. Originally from New York, Jackie earned an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to having taught at the intensive English programs of New York University and Columbia University prior to moving to State College, Jackie has also worked as a product developer and editor for Kaplan’s English Programs in New York City. She is interested in improving teacher practices by investigating the intersection of pedagogy and performance as it relates to the study and practice of improvisational theatre, or improv.  Outside of the IECP, Jackie enjoys acting, singing, and painting, and she often brings her experience with theatre, improv and art into the classroom.

 

Selected presentations:

  • Gianico, J.M. (2019, January). Yes, and: Using improv in the IEP classroom. Teaching tip presented at EnglishUSA Professional Development Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2019, January). Assessment and feedback in oral communication classes: Using Adobe Spark videos. Teaching tip presented at EnglishUSA Professional Development Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2017, October). IEP students take debate cues from Hamilton: An American Musical. Teaching tip presented at the meeting of Three Rivers TESOL, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2016, April). Pushing the boundaries of oral placement exams: assessing interactional competence. Presentation at the annual meeting of TESOL, Baltimore, MD.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2015, November). In vivo and online activities: aural explorations not oral presentations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of NYS TESOL, White Plains, NY.
  • Gianico, J.M. & Jadlocki, M. (2014, March). Real and hypothetical voicing as displays of interactional competence in a lesson on informal register in a post-secondary ESL class. American Association of Applied Linguistics American Association of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Portland, OR.
  • Gianico, J.M. & Jadlocki, M. (2012, March). Instructors’ hypothetical discourse and gesture as models of potential thought and talk. American Associaiton of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Boston, MA.
  • Gianico, J.M. (2011, March). Hypothetical quotation and gesture in the demonstration of teacher talk and thought by an ITA. American Associaiton of Applied Linguistics, Annual Conference; Chicago, IL.
Marika Hall

Marika Hall

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
Jason Litzenberg

Jason Litzenberg

  • Director of the Intensive English Communication Program
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
(814) 865-5711
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Jason Litzenberg has a PhD in Applied Linguistics & ESL from Georgia State University.  He has over 20 years experience teaching English and applied linguistics in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, and the United States.  In addition to teaching, Jason has also served as a teacher trainer, mentoring practicum students and guiding new teachers through the processes of developing lesson plans that address the curricula and course outcomes of the program.  Jason served as Director of the English Language Program at Yachay Tech, a sciences and technology university in the Andes Mountains of northern Ecuador, from 2014-16.  Since 2016, Jason has been at the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP) at The Pennsylvania State University. 

 

Selected publications:

  • 2021. Litzenberg, J. “Innovation, Resiliency and Genius in Intensive English Programs: Decolonializing Recruitment and Contradictory Advocacy”. Applied linguistics.(forthcoming) doi:10.1093/applin/amab015

  • 2021. Tankosic, A. and Litzenberg, J. “Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian: Inherent Translanguaging in the Linguistic Landscape of Sarajevo”. European journal of applied linguistics, 9(2). (forthcoming) doi.org/10.1515/eujal-2019-0041

  • 2020. Litzenberg, J. “‘If I don’t do it, somebody else will’: The covert neoliberal policy discourses in the decision-making processes of an IEP”. TESOL Quarterly, 54(1), 823-45. doi.org/10.1002/tesq.563

  • 2019. Litzenberg, J. “Achieving accord in the status discord of English language teaching”. PAIS newsletter (Sept 2019 issue). http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolpais/issues/2019-09-20/2.html

  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. “‘Official language for intercultural ties’: Cultural concessions and strategic roles of Ecuadorian Kichwa in developing institutional identities”. Linguistic Landscapes, 4(2), 153-77.
  • 2016. Lindemann, S., Campbell, M., Litzenberg, J., and Subtirelu, N. “Explicit and implicit training for improving native English speakers’ comprehension of nonnative speech”. Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 2(1), 93-107.
  • 2014. Litzenberg, J. “Pre-service teacher perspectives towards pedagogical uses of non-native and native speech samples”. International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 24, n/a. doi: 10.1111/ijal.12084
  • 2014. Lindemann, S., Litzenberg, J., and Subtirelu, N. “Problematizing the dependence on L1 norms in L2 pronunciation teaching: Attitudes toward second-language pronunciation” In: Moyer, A. & Levis, J. (eds) Social Influences in L2 Pronunciation (pp. 171-94), De Gruyter Mouton.

 

Selected presentations:

  • 2021. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). Global Language, Local Standards. La Salle College Teacher’s Conference. Quito, Ecuador.

  • 2021. Litzenberg, J. and Madany, M. (Co-presenter). Developing Translingual Practices via Family Games. TESOL. (Virtual).

  • 2020. Algren, M., Bass, B., Litzenberg, J. (Co-presenter). Lower Enrollments: Changes, Challenges and Innovations. UCIEP Annual Director’s conference.  Bandera, TX.

  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). A story, tool, and proposal: Developing a guise-based attitudes study of the linguistic landscape. Applied Linguistics Roundtable, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

  • 2018. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). I’m a native speaker.  So what?. Centro Ecuatoriano-Norteamericano (CEN), Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Plenary). The 21st century dilemma of being a native speaker of English. COPEI 8th International Congress, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Plenary). Linguistic landscapes as a pedagogical tool: Imagining the opportunities. COPEI 8th International Congress, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J., Decker, K., Shatkin, L., and Williams, C. (Panel discussion). The parallel development of two Ecuadorian language programs. TESOL. Seattle, WA.
  • 2017. Litzenberg, J. (Presenter). Developing sociolinguistic awareness through linguistic landscapes. Applied Linguistics Roundtable, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. and Avila Herrera, S. (Co-presenter).  Student perspectives towards international English: Insights from an Ecuadorian EFL needs analysis.  AAAL.  Orlando, FL.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Visual Semiotics in the Branding of a Glocal Institutional Identity.  AAAL.  Orlando, FL.
  • 2016.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Preparing teachers (to prepare students) for successful communication.  IA-TEFL.  Birmingham, England.
  • 2014.  Litzenberg, J. (Presenter).  Reconceptualizing proficiency for lingua franca communication.  AAAL.  Portland, OR.

 

Ty Liu

Ty Liu

  • Adjunct Teaching Faculty
Nikki Mattson

Nikki Mattson

  • Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
  • Associate Teaching Professor of Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Associate, The Global Engagement Community
(814) 863-8134
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Nikki Mattson has been a faculty member at the Intensive English Communications Program (IECP) at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) since 2009. She currently serves as the Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives for the IECP in addition to being an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics. She holds her M.A. in Linguistics and a Certificate of Graduate Study in TESOL from the University of South Carolina. She also holds a DELF (diplôme d'études en langue française) from Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France. Nikki is dedicated to supporting campus internationalization efforts as well as global engagement in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Nikki is a co-founder and advisor for the PSU Special Living Option, the Global Engagement Community. She also serves as the University Park Campus Coordinator for PSU’s Experiential Digital Global Engagement (EDGE) Program. Her research interests include intensive English program oral placement test validation, evaluating computer-assisted language learning (CALL) usage in second language (L2) classrooms, and internationalization in higher education.

Selected recent scholarship:

• Cherkassov, D., Mattson, N., and Childs, S. (2020, September). The mentoring process: Enriching professional growth for English language teachers and teacher educators. Presentation at the 9th ICBCB: Global Trends and Values in Education, Virtual Conference, Kaskelen, Kazakhstan.

• Minkoya, V., & Mattson, N. (2018, November). Blogging together with different motivations: Exploring IEP classroom activity systems. Paper presented at TESOL NY, Albany, NY.

• Mattson, N. (2018). Reporting on a University Class Observation: IEP Student-Created Videos. Presentation at the TESOL 2018 International Convention, Chicago, IL.

• Kimura, D., Mattson, N. and Amory, M. (2017). A Conversation Analytic Approach to Oral Placement Test Validation: Attending to Vertical and Horizontal Comparisons. TESOL Journal. doi:10.1002/tesj.335

• Mattson, N., Sudaholc, S. (2017). Interpreting Student Feedback About A CALL Program Through Activity Theory. Presentation at the TESOL 2017 International Convention, Seattle, WA.