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Languages and Cultures

Jelena Colovic-Markovic

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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Mahmoud Amer
Acting Chair July 2016-June 2017

Jelena Colovic-Markovic

Jelena Colovic-Markovic

  • Assistant Professor of TESOL
  • Ph.D., The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • M.A., Brigham Young University
  • B.A., The University of Belgrade

Research Interests

  • Second Language (English) Vocabulary Acquisition
  • Second Language Reading and Writing
  • Applied Corpus Linguistics
  • Content-Based Instruction

Classes Regularly Taught

  • Teaching English Language Learners PK-12 (LAN 382/569)
  • Second Language Methodology
  • Content-Based Instruction
  • Practicum
  • Introduction to English Grammar
  • Basic Composition

Recent Publications/Activities


  • "The Explicit Teaching of Formulaic Sequences in ESL writing: Does it benefit the writers?" presentation at SLRF, October 2013(Salt Lake City, UT) (accepted)
  • "Explicit Instruction of Formulaic Sequences in ESL writing: How does it benefit the writers?" presentation at LASSO 2013 (New Brunswick, NJ) (accepted)
  • "Responding to L2 Writing" presentation at the University of Utah Summer Institute on Teaching Culturally Diverse Students , May 2013 (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • "The effects of the explicit instruction of the academic formulaic sequences on ESL writers" presentation at AAAL, March 2012 (Boston, MA)
  • "Usefulness of vocabulary instruction in ESL writing: Student perspective" presentation at TESOL Convention, March 2012 (Philadelphia, PA).
  • "How Academic are the formulae in They say/I say: The moves that matter in academic writing" presentation at CCCC, April 2011 (Atlanta, GA).
  • "A closer look at the formulas in They say/I say" presentation at TESOL Convention, March 2011 (New Orleans, LA).
  • "Re-imagining writing instruction through integration of vocabulary teaching" presentation at TESOL Convention, March 2010 (Boston, MA).
  • "Shoshoni Language Revitalization Project: Design of High-School Curriculum and Lesson Plans." Panel at CELCNA, March 2010 (Salt Lake City, UT).
  • "2009 Update on the Wick R. Miller Collection Shoshoni Project." CELCNA March 2009. (Salt Lake City, UT ) with M. Di Paolo, R. Sykes, J.Mitchell, K.Matsumoto-Gray, K.Marsh, T. Khvtisiashvili, B.Hudson, N. Fox, and X. Chen
  • "A Collaborative Approach to Material Design." Linguistics Department Colloquium, with N. Fox. K. Lindahl, Z. Tomas, and R. Farrely
    • January. 2009, Linguistics Department, The University of Utah, (Salt Lake City, UT)
    • March 2009, ICLDC (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    • March 2009, CELCNA (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • "Reading Portfolios: A Way to Asses Extensive Reading." Academic Session Panel at TESOL Convention, March, 2005. (San Antonio, TX).
  • "The 'Why' and 'How' of Using Expository Texts in an Intensive English Program" presentation by invitation at The Higher Education Interest Section of Intermountain-TESOL, March, 2005. (English Language Center, Provo, UT).
  • "Save your students a trip to a dictionary -- Teach morphology" presentation at Intermountain-TESOL Conference, October, 2003. (Horizonte Instruction and Training Center, Salt Lake City, UT).
  • "The influence of Greek and Latin on the lexicon of narrative and expository text collections in upper-elementary education: Implications for extensive reading" presentation at Intermountain-TESOL Fall Conference, October, 2002. (College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, UT).

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Awards and Honors Received

  • 2012 Ramona W. Cannon Award for Graduate Student Teaching, University of Utah College of Humanities, Linguistics Department Nomination.
  • Lois Darlene Simmerman Clayton Professional Development Grant Recipient 2011/2012. Linguistics Department, The University of Utah.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship recipient for academic 2011/2012, Graduate School, The University of Utah.
  • Steffensen Cannon Scholarship recipient for academic 2010/2011, Graduate School, The University of Utah.
  • TESOL Professional Development Scholarship recipient 2011, TESOL Association.
  • Linguistics Department Alumni Endowed Scholarship recipient for academic 2010/2011, Linguistics Department, The University of Utah.
  • Outstanding TESOL Thesis Award recipient, BYU, Linguistics and English Language Department, May 2003.