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Elena Shimanskaya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Elena Shimanskaya obtained her Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in linguistics from Syracuse University. 

Her research focuses on the impact of native language on SLA – L1 Transfer. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand in what ways the linguistic knowledge of an L2 speaker is different from that of a monolingual speaker. 

She presented her theoretical and empirical research on L2 acquisition of French at several national and international conferences (Second Language Research Forum, Boston University Conference on Language Development, Generative Approaches to SLA Conference, La dia-variation en français actuel, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America). 

Before arriving at WVU, she taught SLA and linguistics at the University of Oklahoma. Since joining the department in 2015, she has been teaching the methodology course and directing the Basic French Program.

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