Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair 2016-2017
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Esther [Chui Kian] Smidt


Esther [Chui Kian] Smidt

Assistant Professor of Languages

PhD: University of Minnesota
MA: Iowa State University

B.Ed.: University of Exeter, England

Esther [Chui Kian] Smidt


Research interests:

Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Immigrant Identity.


Recent Publications/Activities:

Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014) Faculty attitudes about distance education. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(2), 181-209. Retrieved from

Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014).  Student attitudes about distance education: Focusing on context and effective practices.  The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(1), 40-64. Retrieved from

Smidt, E. (2012). Diversity within Islam: Its intersections with Muslim immigrant identities. MinneWITESOL Journal. Retrieved from or

Smidt, E., Schumann, J., Clement, K., Greenleaf, J., Nelson, M., Dang, N., Funke, L., & Magassouba, Y. (2012). Analyzing LMS affordances through the RAT framework for online language teacher education: A case study. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 2(1), 231-234. DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_2.1.85.


Bibbee, E., Smidt, E., & Lazar, V. (2012). "Teaching French phonetics in a digital language lab." In F. Zhang (Ed.), Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and Trends (pp. 0-0). doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-065-1

Smidt, E. (2010). "Teaching a CALL Course as a Digital Immigrant: Lessons Learned." In Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 (pp. 947-952). AACE.

Courses taught in Fall 2011:

  • LAN 382 (Teaching English Language Learners PK-12)

  • ENG 576 TESOL (Curriculum and Materials Development)