NANCY BURKHALTER, PhD
Ph.D. Educational Linguistics – University of New Mexico
M.S. Journalism – Ohio University – Athens
M.A. English Education (English as a Second Language) – The Ohio State University
B.A. Foreign Language Teaching & Linguistics – Northwestern University – Evanston, Ill.
English as a Second Language/Linguistics_______________________
2018-present MANHATTAN REVIEW – Test Prep for writing, reading, and analytical/verbal reasoning portions of TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT.
2013-2018 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY– CULTURE & LANGUAGE BRIDGE
Adjunct – ESL grammar, academic reading/writing, presentation skills.
2013 (August) UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON (AAPS program) – Seattle
Instructor – Developed and taught materials for writing, speaking, listening, and speaking for the intensive course in advanced academic preparation skills for Fulbright and graduate students.
2012-2013 ENGLISH LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIP – St. Petersburg, Russia
English Teacher Trainer – Trained in-service and pre-service teachers in northwest Russia. Designed curriculum for undergraduates. Presented papers, developed workshops and materials, and delivered plenaries to teachers at all levels.
2008-2011 KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, ECONOMICS AND STRATEGIC RESEARCH (KIMEP) – Almaty
Associate Professor – Taught linguistics, trained in-service teachers.
2009-2011 Director MA TESOL Program: Developed curricula and expanded program through marketing, strategic planning, budgeting.
2002-2018 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
Adjunct – ESL teacher-training courses in vocabulary and writing.
Composition/Technical Writing ____________________________________
2012-2013 & 2019 DEPARTMENT OF STATE
English Language Fellow/Specialist – Taught writing at Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Also taught journalism to high school students and trained teachers around Russia.
2008-2011 KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, ECONOMICS AND STRATEGIC RESEARCH (KIMEP) – Almaty
Associate Professor – Taught undergraduate academic writing/reading.
2004-2005 SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Shoreline, WA
Associate – Taught developmental, first-year composition; developed online composition course.
2004 JOHNS HOPKINS U. CENTER FOR TALENTED YOUTH – Baltimore
Instructor – Taught online writing/grammar instruction
2003 NORTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Seattle, WA
Adjunct – Taught Composition 101.
2000-2002 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON – Seattle
Adjunct – Taught technical writing and presentation skills for engineer
Burkhalter, N. (2017). Teaching critical thinking to non-western educated students: a cautionary tale. RESEARCH RESULT: Pedagogy and Psychology of Education, 3(1), 46-52. doi: 10.18413/2313-8971-2017-3-1-46-51
Burkhalter, N. (2016-Book). Critical thinking now: Practical teaching methods for classrooms around the world. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Burkhalter, N. (2015). Predicting students’ GPAs based on cloze tests in an MA TESOL program. Research Results: Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Series. Vol. 1, 3(5), pp. 104-109.
Burkhalter, N. (2015). A dialectical approach to critical thinking through writing. INQUIRY: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, 30(1), 17-23.
Burkhalter, N. (2013). Overcoming resistance in post-Soviet teacher trainees in Kazakhstan. Asian EFL Journal.
Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2012). Critical thinking as culture: Teaching post-Soviet teachers in Kazakhstan. International Review of Education, 58(1), 55-72. doi:10.1007/s11159-012-9285-5
Burkhalter, N. (2011). To the moon!: A launch pad for encouraging reluctant students to express their opinion. English Teaching Forum, 49(4), pp. 30-35.
Burkhalter, N. & Shegebayev, M. (2011). The critical thinking movement in Kazakhstan: A progress report. Research in Comparative and International Education, 5(4).
Burkhalter, N. (1999). Making and disseminating standards on teaching grammar. Syntax in the Schools, 15(4).
2019. “Connecting Academic Writing and Critical Thinking.” Penza State University, Russia.
2019. “How to Avoid Plagiarism.” Tyumen State University, Russia.
2019. “ Evaluating Sources and Arguments.” St. Petersburg English teachers Association.” St. Petersburg, Russia.
2019. “Journalism for American Newspapers.” Herzen Pedagogical State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2017. “Teaching English to English Language Learners.” Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). Athens, Greece.
2017. “Teaching English to English Language Learners.” Half-day workshop. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. (TESOL). Seattle, Wash.
2015. “Teaching Kosovar Legal Professionals to Critically Think.” U.S. Embassy. Pristina, Kosovo.
2014. “Considering the Student in Educational Lending.” 34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform. Foundation for Critical Thinking. Berkeley.
2013. “Teacher Education and Educational Lending: Report and Recommendations for Cross-Cultural Faculty Development.” Presented at Midwest International and Comparative Education Conference (MWCIES). Bloomington, Ill.
2013. “Teacher Education and Educational Lending: Report and Recommendations For Cross-Cultural Faculty Development.” Paper presented at XV Comparative Education World Congress (WCCES2013), Buenos Aires.
2013. “Is Vygotsky in your classroom?” Plenary at Kazan State Federal University, Kazan, Russia.
2013. “The life boat: A journey for critical thinking.” Western Ukraine Teacher Development Winter Institute, Lviv, Ukraine.
2012. “What did you say?: Discussion tasks, techniques, and topics.” St. Petersburg Future Leaders at American Corner, Pushkin Children’s Library, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2012. “The life boat: A journey for critical thinking.” International Methodological School for the Teachers of English, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2012. “Any questions?: How asking the right questions can promote critical thinking.” Plenary. International Methodological School for the Teachers of English, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2012. “Student-centered teaching and fluency.” St. Petersburg Future Leaders at American Corner. Pushkin Children’s Library, St. Petersburg, Russia.
2012. “How to teach listening and speaking using a shocking video.” Pskov Regional Teacher Re-Training Institute, Pskov, Russia.
2012. “The life boat: A journey for critical thinking.” Pskov Regional Teacher Re-Training Institute, Pskov, Russia.
2012. “What did you say?: Discussion tasks, techniques, and topics.” Pskov Regional Teacher Re-Training Institute, Pskov, Russia.
2012“Any questions?: How asking the right questions can promote critical thinking.” Pskov Regional Teacher Re-Training Institute, Pskov, Russia.
2012. “A dialectical approach to critical thinking through writing.” 32rd International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform. Foundation for Critical Thinking, Berkeley.
2011. “Using metaphor to teach vocabulary and writing.” 8th KIMEP International Research Conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2011. “Tips on teaching speaking and listening.” Almaty English Language Teachers Association, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2011. “New approaches to curriculum design in the four skills.” Invited speaker to pre-service teachers at Ablai Khan University, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2010. “Student assessment techniques you can use tomorrow.” Kazakhstan Institute for Management Economics and Strategic Research/Kazakhstan British Technical University Joint Conference on Language Pedagogy, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2010. “Writing to develop school subjects.” Presented workshop in Kentau, Kazakhstan.
2010. “How to facilitate critical thinking through argumentation.” Caspian State College of Technology and Engineering named after Sh. Esenov, Aktau, Kazakhstan.
2010. “Helping students overcome fear of expressing opinions.” Teaching English in Shymkent. Conference, Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
2010. “What surveys reveal about critical thinking.” Seventh KIMEP International Research Conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2010. “Using assessment techniques with writing students.” MA TESOL program, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2010. “How to help students develop opinions.” Plenary speaker at TESh Conference, Skymkent, Kazakhstan.
2009. “Critical thinking in Kazakhstan: An update.” Sixth KIMEP International Research Conference, Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2009. “Increasing critical thinking through persuasive writing.” Shymkent English Language Teachers Association, Shymkent, Kazakhstan.
2008. “Increasing the power of student writing in Kazakhstan.” Multi-language education in the system of higher school: Problems and perspectives. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Karaganda State University named after E.S. Buketov, Astana, Kazakhstan.
2004. “Teaching syntax to ESL students.” Guest lecturer in Introduction to Linguistics class, Seattle University.
2003. “How dialects are perceived.” Guest lecturer in Language in Society class, Seattle University.
▪ Murphy, Raymond. Grammar in Use. New York: Cambridge UP. (nd)
▪ Smalzer, William. Grammar in Use Workbook. New York: Cambridge UP. (nd)
▪ Something Worth Writing about. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace. (nd)
▪ English 21. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace. (nd)
WRITING COURSES TAUGHT
▪ Academic Reading and Writing (undergraduate)
▪ Academic Research and Writing (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Advanced Composition (online and on campus)
▪ Creative writing (undergraduate and graduate)
▪ Developmental English (undergraduate)
▪ ESL Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening in Immersion and Non-immersion Settings
▪ Freshman Composition (native and non-native speakers)
▪ Grammar for TESOL Teachers (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Honors projects (undergraduate)
▪ Language Rules: From Structure to Style (online grades 7-12)
▪ Pre-TOEFL Composition
▪ Teaching Reading and Writing (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Technical Writing (undergraduate)
▪ Thesis supervision
OTHER COURSES TAUGHT
▪ Cross-Cultural Communication (graduate-designed by me)
▪ English for Academic Purposes (undergraduate)
▪ History of English (graduate and undergraduate-designed by me)
▪ Introduction to Linguistics (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Introduction to Sociolinguistics (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Language Analysis (graduate)
▪ Language Assessment (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Language Assessment and Evaluation (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Psychology of Literacy (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Second Language Acquisition (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Second Language Acquisition Research (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Seminar in Second Language Reading and Vocabulary Acquisition (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Speaking and Listening
▪ Teaching Speaking and Listening (graduate-designed by me)
▪ Technical Writing
March 2019. Attended TESOL International. Atlanta, GA.
June 2018-present. Expert witness for defense of law firms’ nonnative English-speaking client. Provided testing data to determine level of language proficiency.
May 2017. Attended TESOL International. Seattle, WA.
July 2014. Attended 34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform. Foundation for Critical Thinking. Berkeley, Calif.
May 2012-2013. Reviewer for Journal of Studies in Education.
January-May 2011. Designed and conducted Research Laboratory for KIMEP Language Center. Weekly seminar for teachers wanting to design and conduct research. Almaty, Kazakhstan.
April 2011. Attended TESOL Arabia Conference, Dubai.
March 2010. Attended International TESOL Conference. Boston, Mass.
June 2001. Completion of certificate program in mystery writing. U. of Washington Extension Program.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
▪ Travel grant to TESOL Arabia, Dubai.
▪ Travel grant to International TESOL Conference in Boston.
▪ Scholarship – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Koahnic Broadcast Corporation workshop on Health News Reporting
▪ Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
▪ University of New Mexico Presidential Research Grant.
▪ Foreign Correspondence Internship-McGraw-Hill World News, Germany.
▪ Kappa Tau Alpha, National Journalism Scholarship Society.
French – very good
Russian – good
German – good
Spanish – basic