Zakryzhevskyy, Mykhaylo


Phone: (740) 593-4428
Department: 740-593-4575
Fax: 740-593-4577
Office: Room 107 Gordy Hall
Mailing Address:
155 Gordy Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701 USA


MA Linguistics, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2011
BA in L2 Education, Horlivka Institute of Foreign Languages, Horlivka, Ukraine, 2006

Area(s) of Professional Interest

Second language vocabulary acquisition, second language writing, CALL

Et cetera

I grew up in a provincial town called Horlivka in eastern Ukraine, close to Russia. I went to a lyceum and took advanced English classes, which was a great preparation for my college career. Fortunately, the best undergraduate education for me was right there in my hometown. Horlivka Insitute of Foreign Language was my alma mater. I got a Specialist degree in Education from the Institute, but I did not stop there. I won a scholarship from the US Department of State to study Education on an exchange program at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI in 2003-2004.

After coming back from the States, I graduated from the Institute with honors in 2006 and got a prestigious internship at the Parliament of Canada working as an assistant at one of the parliamentarian offices. The internship was sponsored by Ukrainian Canadians. After that in 2007, I got a job as a Communication Specialist, and later on PR Manager at UkraineInvest, a government-funded agency helping to attract foreign direct investments in Ukraine.

Working in PR was great, but I missed my life’s calling, being a teacher, so I went back to school to get my master’s in Linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, OH. I was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for my teaching achievements at the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) and graduated from OU in 2011. I started with OPIE as an intern, but also have served as the writing lab coordinator for OPIE. As my third-year project, I am coordinating vocabulary in the program.

Outside of teaching ESL, my interests include cooking, biking, going to the gym, canoeing, socializing with friends, and watching my favorite TV shows.


Behrenwald, S., & Zakryzhevskyy, M. (2012, November). Motivating vocabulary learning through games. Presentation for the Ohio TESOL Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Zakryzhevskyy, M. (2011, May). Computer assisted second language vocabulary instruction: isolated or integrated focus on form? Presentation for Conference of Ohio University Linguistics Department (COULD), Athens, OH.

Zakryzhevskyy, M. (2011, April). Vocabulary instruction and CALL: Focus on form. Presentation for Computer Assisted Language Learning Conference, Athens, OH.

Zakryzhevskyy, M. (2010, November). Plagiarism-detecting websites. Presentation for OTESOL Technology Fair, Columbus, OH.

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