Office: Room 180 Convocation Center
155 Gordy Hall
Athens, OH 45701 USA
Master of Arts in TESOL, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Journalism, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Areas of Professional Interest
• Understanding and empowering diverse cognitive learning styles in the ESL/EFL classroom
• Exploring CALL approaches and techniques to enhance pre-academic and academic language course objectives
• Professional development for pre- and inservice ESL/EFL educators
I have enjoyed many rewarding moments working in the field of second/foreign language education since 1995, when I began my teaching career at a college preparatory school in Rome, Italy. In addition to eleven years’ service in Italy, I taught undergraduate English and professional development courses in South Korea for four years, and ESL briefly in the United States, before joining OPIE in 2009. During interim semesters, I have taught TESOL theory and methods courses in China, South Korea, India, and for North American graduate programs overseas. I am particularly interested in innovative CALL approaches that render students’ language learning experiences more engaging, more meaningful, and more complete – as opposed to tech merely for tech’s sake.
Presentations and Publications
Wyss, R. (2009). Applying Digital Storytelling Technology to a Problem of Practice in Education. Essential Teacher, Vol. 6/2. TESOL Publications: Alexandria, Va.
Wyss, R. and Thrush, E. (2007). Teaching English in China. Beijing, PRC: Tsinghua University Press, and China Dept. of Culture and Education.
Wyss, R. (2006). Working on Students’ Mindsets about Communicative Language Learning. ESL Magazine, 54. Keyways Publishing: London, UK.
Wyss, R. (2006). What’s Your Learning Style? Sungkyun Times Magazine (Academics), 282. Sungkyunkwan University: Seoul, South Korea.
Wyss, R. (2006). Anthropomorphizing English,” Sungkyun Times Magazine (Academics), 280. Sungkyunkwan University: Seoul, South Korea.
Wyss, R. (2003). Putting Phrasal Verbs into Perspective. TESOL Journal, 12/1. TESOL Publications: Alexandria, Va.
Wyss, R. (2002). Familiarizing EFL Learners with Communicative Language Learning. TESOL Matters Magazine, 12/3. TESOL Publications: Alexandria, Va.
Wyss, R. (2002). Building Appreciation for Communicative Language Learning and Teaching, INTESOL Magazine. Ball State University: Muncie, In.
Wyss, R. (2002). Field Dependent/Independent Learning Styles and L2 Acquisition,” ELT Newsletter, 101. http://www.eltnewsletter.com/back/June2002/art1022002.htm
Wyss. R. (2002). Multi-Word Verbs in Context. ELT Newsletter, 96. http://www.eltnewsletter.com/back/April2002/art962002.htm
Wyss, R. (2002). Teaching English Phrasal Verbs Is Not a Lost Cause Afterall. ELT Newsletter, 90. http://www.eltnewsletter.com/back/March2002/art902002.htm
Wyss, R. (2002). Bringing Learners Up-to-Date on CLT Classroom Approaches. ELT Newsletter, 84. http://www.eltnewsletter.com/back/January2002/art842002.htm
TESOL, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
ASIA, Associazione Solidarieta’ Internazionale Asia Italia