Elena Reiss

Language Specialist
(610) 758-6117

Education

M.A., TESOL and English Literature
Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, Russia

B.S., Secondary Education
Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, Russia

Philosophy of Teaching

As a non-native English speaking teacher, I understand the importance of creating an inspiring and nurturing learning environment that lowers international students’ affective filters and increases their internal motivation. I strive to eliminate the boundaries of students’ extrinsic expectations and help them realize their true L2 potential. In order to support the diverse student body, I implement multi-sensory projects that intensify the students’ metacognition and engage learners with various learning styles. These projects provide an effective platform for cognitive processes by activating parts of the brain not typically involved in L2 learning, thus activating the learners’ inner selves by inhibiting the freedom of expression.

Professional Interests

  • Teaching Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Dornyei’s Motivational Pedagogy
  • Mindfulness and Guided Imagery for L2 Confidence
  • Multi-sensory Learning
  • Community-engaged Learning
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Neuro-linguistics

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Reiss, E., & Donatto, T. (2017, March). “Empowering Minority Teachers: Combating Microaggressions in the ESL Classroom.” Presented at the PennTESOL-East Spring Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Reiss, E., & Donatto, T. (2017, March). “Empowering Minority Teachers: Combating Microaggressions in the ESL Classroom.” Presented at the TESOL Convention. Seattle, WA.
  • Painting the Language Trail, PennTESOL-EAST Fall 2013
  • Don’t Be Boring! PennTESOL-East Spring 2015
  • A Guide to Borderless Self, International TESOL Convention, Baltimore, Spring 2016
  • Dispelling Stereotypes through Community Engagement, Community-Engaged Learning Symposium, Lehigh University, Spring 2016

Publications

  • A Guide to Borderless Self, published in the fall issue of PTE Voices

Languages Spoken

Russian, English