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Martha Nyikos

Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room EDUCATION 3016
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Department:  Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
About Me | Degrees | Publications | Presentations | Grant Funding | Awards


I direct the Foreign and Second Language Education program area, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs in foreign language and ESL education for certification and for preparation of teachers and curriculum coordinators internationally. I am on the editorial board of the Modern Language Journal. My research areas include sociocultural approaches to strategies-based language learning, models for professional teacher development and teacher resistance to change, and family language maintenance in the diaspora.


Ph.D. Foreign & Second Language Education, 1987, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

M.A. German Language, Literature & Linguistics, 1979,  University of Pittsburgh

TESOL Certification, 1975, Applied Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Secondary Teaching License, 1974.

B.A.  German Studies; Linguistics Minor (Magna Cum Laude), 1973, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

  • Nyikos, M. Dimitrieska, V.(accepted for Spring 2015). A model for community-based language teaching to young learners: The impact of university outreach. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. Spring 2015
  • Nyikos, M. (accepted for 2015). Bilingualism and family: Parental beliefs; child agency.
  • Nyikos, M., Editor for manuscripts and working papers from the 2009 conference, Toward a Research Based Approach to International Teacher Education. Authors include Ken Zeichner, Claire Kramsch, and Walter Parker among others.
  • Nyikos, M. (2014). Forward. Approaches and principles in English as a foreign language (EFL) education. Ankara: Egiten Kitap.
  • Nyikos, M. (2008). Gender in language learning. In Carol Griffiths (Ed.), Lessons from good language learners: Insights for teachers and learners (pp.73-82). Cambridge University Press.
  • Nyikos, M. Fan, M. Y. (2007). A review of research on vocabulary learning strategies: Focus on learners voice and language proficiency. In A. Cohen and E. Macaro (Eds.), Language learner strategies: 30 years of research and practice (pp.251-273). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Reexamining teacher reflection:Impact of site-responsive collaborative teaching on thinking
  • The role of community responsive teaching in access to critical languages
  • Invited to lead closing synthesizing discussion for the conference.
  • Building and Maintaining a Community-based Language Outreach Program
  • Interlangauge: Spaces for questioning bilingual acquisition processes
  • Intercultural Engagements in Teaching for Global Citizenship
  • Multilayered Interactive Teacher Reflection: Peeling the Onion of Awareness.
  • Making Connections, Building Bridges: Early Language Learning of LCTLS in Community Settings
  • More Than Metacognition in Pedagogy and Research
  • Enhancing Language Learning Through Learner Autonomy in a Global Society: Strategic Approaches
  • New Role For Less Commonly Taught Languages: Community Advocacy
  • Organized bringing the NNELL annual conference to Indiana University School of Education wtih 3 keynote speakers and a childrens Language Camp Around the World. Partnerd with the Center for the Study of Global Change to sponsor this conference.
  • Early Learning of Critical Languages, Less Commoly Taught Languages: Issues and Vision for Curricular Change
  • Internationalizing Teacher Education Programs: Setting the Research Agenda

  • Innovative Pedagogies Initiative: Creative Paradigms for Teaching
  • Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminars Fund
  • STARTALK- Bridges 4 Children through Languages & Community Advocacy
  • StarTalking: Bridges to Children and Community

  • Named editor of INTESOL Journal
  • The Senator Paul Simon Award for demonstrated leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding for leadership
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