EAP Staff

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Lisa Oglesbee

Coordinator and Instructor of English for Academic Purposes
M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Indiana University

Lisa Oglesbee teaches in both the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. She earned her Master's degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University (IU) and thereafter taught in the Intensive English Program at IU. She has taught English as a Second Language in multiple contexts, both stateside and overseas in China, Spain, and Lithuania. Her academic pursuits lie in aiding non-native speakers of English in their successful acquisition of the language and in training new TESOL teachers to do the same. Her research interests include the integration of Second Language Acquisition theories and practice, as well as the effects of perception training on production intelligibility and accentedness.

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Phone: (574) 631-4227

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Katherine Bennett

Instructor of English for Academic Purposes and English as a Second Language
M.A. in TESOL, Azuza Pacific University

Katherine (Katie) Bennett first discovered her love for languages as a high school student on a week-long trip to Juarez, Mexico. This experience led her to pursue a BA in Spanish at Bethel College and to minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). During her undergraduate studies, Katie began teaching English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language in both academic and non-academic settings. In 2017, Katie completed an MA in TESOL through Azusa Pacific University. Katie has worked as a tutor, teacher’s assistant, and adjunct instructor with the CSLC for the past three years, and she is thrilled to be teaching for both the EAP and Notre Dame International programs.

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Brandon Cook

English for Academic Purposes Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Notre Dame 

Brandon L. Cook is a linguist and art historian of medieval France, and he defended his dissertation in July 2017. As the son of an American diplomat, Brandon spent his high school years in Pakistan and Hungary where he first became passionate about languages and world cultures. He developed his intellectual interests in these areas as an undergraduate Linguistics major at Yale University and in his studies of ancient languages and medieval culture as a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. He has been an English language tutor and English editor for over ten years and is eager to work with Notre Dame's international students, postdocs, and their families.

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Stephanie Perrin

Keough Master of Global Affairs Writing Skills Coordinator
B.A. in Humanities-English, Brigham Young University

Stephanie Perrin has been a global technical writer and editor for over 15 years. She taught and tutored courses in Russian and English, both in the United States and in Russia. As a freelance editor, she worked for NGOs, PR firms, curriculum developers, and academics, as well as mass market book publishers. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Humanities with an emphasis in English Editing from Brigham Young University. She is passionate about peacemaking and building a better global community. She loves to use her nerd powers to wage peace through style guides, databases, and the written word. When she is away from her laptop, she can be found adventuring with her husband and their three school-aged boys.

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Christopher Scheirer

English for Academic Purposes Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow
Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Notre Dame 

Christopher Scheirer is a scholar of early medieval England and received his Ph.D. in May from the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame.  His research and teaching interests focus on the intellectual history of the British Isles, with a keen emphasis on cultural and linguistic translation between Anglo-Saxon England and Rome.  Chris’s interest in languages and language acquisition began as an undergraduate at Wheaton College (IL), and have continued throughout his career as a graduate student and instructor.  He has taught English literature and English writing courses at both Holy Cross College and Notre Dame and is thrilled at the opportunity to work with Notre Dame’s family of international students and post-docs.  

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Mohammad Waliullah

2018-2019 NDUB Visiting Fellow funded by the Ortenzio Family 
M.A. in English Literature, University of Dhaka

Mohammad Waliullah joins the EAP team from Notre Dame University Bangladesh in Dhaka, where he is a lecturer in the department of English. He is here as a visiting scholar for collaboration between the two universities. His major research interest lies in the field of TESOL. He also has an interest in learning traits and adopting different techniques to assist young learners with diverse learning preferences. His future research plans are to build on the foundations of higher studies to gain knowledge in specific areas of English language teaching such as ESP, EAP, EOP, EST, and EVP.

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Maddie Woodruff

English for Academic Purposes Graduate Tutor
Certificate, International TEFL and TESOL Training

Maddie is a graduate student at Notre Dame in the Master of Science in Global Health program at the Eck Institute. Her capstone work will focus on malaria in Ethiopia. Her interest in language and linguistics was sparked while studying Spanish in Costa Rica as an undergraduate student, and she recently returned from teaching English in South Korea for 2.5 years with the EPIK program. While abroad, Maddie taught all age ranges from 5 to 55 and enjoys helping students gain confidence and competency in their English abilities. Additionally, Maddie hopes her background in science will be a resource for those studying in the STEM fields. 

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