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Martha Nyikos
Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room EDUCATION 3016
Phone : (812) 856-8272
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Department:  Literacy, Culture, & Language Education


I direct the Foreign and Second Language Education program area, which includes graduate and undergraduate programs in foreign language and ESL education for certification and for preparation of teachers and curriculum coordinators internationally. I served on the editorial board of the Modern Language Journal. My research areas include sociocultural approaches to strategies-based language learning, models for professional teacher development and teacher resistance to change, and family heritage language maintenance in the diaspora.


  • Ph.D. Foreign & Second Language Education, 1987, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • M.A. German Language, Literature & Linguistics, 1979,  
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • TESOL Certification, Applied Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Pennsylvania Secondary Teaching License
  • B.A. 
  • German Studies
  • Linguistics Minor 
  • (Magna Cum Laude), 1973, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA


  • Named editor of INTESOL Journal
  • International award to present research at Alpen-Adria Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria (October 15-18, 2015).
  • The Senator Paul Simon Award for demonstrated leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding for leadership
  • The Global Learning Advisory Council (GLAC) Advises the IDOE on implementation of global learning initiatives to support schools and their missions and provide high-quality internationalized curriculum and opportunities to students around the state. This group work collaboratively to develop resources, effective communication vehicles, determine professional development needs and provide outreach for educators, parents and community members.


  •  Nyikos, M. Dimitrieska, V.(2015). A model for community-based language teaching to young learners: The impact of university outreach. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 17, 83-102.
    • Nyikos, M. (2015). Bilingualism and family: Parental beliefs; child agency. Sustainable Multilingualism. 5, 18-40.
    • Nyikos, M. (2014). Approaches and principles in English as a foreign language (EFL) education. Forward. Ankara, Turkey: Egiten Kitap.
    Nyikos, M., Editor for manuscripts and working papers from the conference:Toward a Research Based Approach to International Teacher Education. Authors include Ken Zeichner, Claire Kramsch, and Walter Parker among others.
  • Nyikos, M. (2014). Approaches and principles in English as a foreign language (EFL) education. Forward. Ankara, Turkey: Egiten Kitap.
  • Nyikos, M. Fan, M. Y. (2007). A review of research on vocabulary learning strategies: Focus on learners voice and language proficiency. In A. Cohen and E. Macaro (Eds.), Language learner strategies: 30 years of research and practice (pp.251-273). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Nyikos, M. Dimitrieska, V.(2015). A model for community-based language teaching to young learners: The impact of university outreach. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 17, 83-102.
  • Nyikos, M. (2008). Gender in language learning. In Carol Griffiths (Ed.), Lessons from good language learners: Insights for teachers and learners (pp.73-82). Cambridge University Press.
  • Nyikos, M. (2015). Bilingualism and family: Parental beliefs
  • child agency. Sustainable Multilingualism. 5, 18-40.


  • Multidisciplinary Ventures and Seminars Fund
  • Innovative Pedagogies Initiative: Creative Paradigms for Teaching
  • StarTalking: Bridges to Children and Community
  • STARTALK- Bridges 4 Children through Languages &
  • Community Advocacy


  • Intercultural Engagements in Teaching for Global Citizenship
  • Building and Maintaining a Community-based Language Outreach Program
  • More Than Metacognition in Pedagogy and Research
  • Workshop leader for Accelerated Language Learning: Linguistic, Social and Affective Strategies for Long-term Language Retention. July 28,2015 Summer Workshop Slavic, Eastern European (Russian Chinese) Languages (SWSEEL)
  • Organized bringing the NNELL annual conference to Indiana University School of Education wtih 3 keynote speakers and a childrens Language Camp Around the World. Partnerd with the Center for the Study of Global Change to sponsor this conference.
  • Reexamining teacher reflection:Impact of site-responsive collaborative teaching on thinking
  • Early Learning of Critical Languages, Less Commoly Taught Languages: Issues and Vision for Curricular Change
  • Nyikos, M. Newman, K. (October 17) Strategy Use by Chinese Speakers of L2 Mandarin in Academic Settings. Langauge Strategy Research Conference. Alpen-Adria Universitt Klagenfurt, Austria (October 15-18, 2015).
  • Internationalizing Teacher Education Programs: Setting the Research Agenda
  • Nyikos, M. (October 16) Strategic Stances of Heritage Language Learners: Code-mixing and Code-switching. Strategy Research Conference. Alpen-Adria Universitt Klagenfurt, Austria (October 15-18, 2015).
  • Nyikos, M. Vitalizing a minority language: Critical family bilingual strategies. American- Hungarian Educators Association 40thAnnual Conference, Babes-Bolyai University, Kolozsvr/Cluj-Napoca, Romania (July 9-11, 2015).
  • Working with doctoral student Vesna Dimitrieska, Iprovide teacher professional development and guidance for the language coordinator and the volunteer instructors in the IUB community outreach program, Bridges: Children, Langauges, World. Training for novice volunteer teahers (most native speakers of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). Supervison and oversight of the pedagogical directions of this program to such community sites as the Center for Global Change (2 classes), the Bannaker Center, Fairview Elementary with weekly language programming thoughout the year.
  • Enhancing Language Learning Through Learner Autonomy in a Global Society: Strategic Approaches
  • The role of community responsive teaching in access to critical languages
  • Nyikos, M. Dimitrieska, V. Hendrianti, R. Exploring the utility of teacher reflections by tracening the pedagogical knowledg (PK) trajectory. CARLA 9th International Conference on Language Teacher Educatio4, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Invited to lead closing synthesizing discussion for the conference.
  • Interlangauge: Spaces for questioning bilingual acquisition processes
  • Nyikos, M. Hendryanti, R. (November 21) Constructing and expanding the pedagogical knowledge base of novice teachers. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). (November 20-23, 2015). San Diego, CA
  • New Role For Less Commonly Taught Languages: Community Advocacy
  • Making Connections, Building Bridges: Early Language Learning of LCTLS in Community Settings
  • Nyikos, M. Dimitrieska, V. Hendryanti, R. (Nov 20) Meeting the challenges of learner engagement and classroom management. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) (November 20-23, 2015). San Diego, CA
  • Multilayered Interactive Teacher Reflection: Peeling the Onion of Awareness.


  • SLED Symposium: The SLED offers graduate students and faculty members in our department an opportunity to share their research studies in a collegial, supportive atmosphere. Normally, each month two graduate students and one faculty member are invited by the graduate organizers to present research studies (completed or in-progress). The symposium offers the opportunity for constructive feedback from the audience and to extend and stimulate further thought and inquiry. As faculty advisor and initiator of this symposium, I coordinate the rotating leadership committee for each month or semester, meeting with the previous cadre of symposium leaders to ensure transition of duties to include: lobbying for book prizes donations by faculty for a drawing, going to the chair to request funds for refreshments and clearance for meeting dates, development of evaluation criteria for attendees to fill out and to ensure that this feedback is conveyed to the next rotation of graduate student organizers.
  • Secondary Education Council: Chair meetings of Secondary Education Council on questions of policy, program changes, new course initiations, program reviews. Working with the Office of Teacher Education the committee addresses teacher certification issues, changes in program direction.
  • CAEP/TESOL Accredition Report: Gathered, analyzed and reported three consecutive years' data on key assessments in various World Languages and ESL courses for our undergraduate and graduate programs and DE courses, including M432, M445, L520, L525, L540, M403 and content courses in 7 COAS departments-Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish). Wrote descriptions of each key assessment, analyses of the data, wrote accounting for programmatic data-driven changes corresponding to key assessments, gathered profiles on personnel teaching in the program area. Also worked with CoT and T2T data.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: Mentored Anwar BenMoqadem of Morocco: Teaching Blind and Visually Impaired Language Students in Morocco in cooperation with CIEDER. Another faculty member from Finland, Tarja Mykrae, audited my language teaching class (L520) for the fall semester 2015.
  • Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME): Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) fellowship reviewer
  • American University of Kabul: Afghanistan M.Ed. TESOL Curriculum Oversight Committee
  • SOE Dissertation Award Committee: selected the outstanding dissertation by committee review
  • Graduate Studies Committee: Chair, Dissertation of the Year Award selection committee
  • G.R.O.W.: G.R.O.W. Generating Responsibility, Opportunities, and Wisdom is an Indiana University student organization for which I am faculty advisor. Made up of primarily Education majors, but includes students in other majors, the purpose of GROW is to encourage socialization, teamwork, and confidence in children (grades 3-6) at Binford Elementary through engagement, group activities, tutoring and general academic support.
  • Title VI Centers: Advisory Board Member for several Title VI federally funded centers: Center for the Study of Global Change
  • Center for the Study of the Middle East
  • Russian and Eastern European Institute
  • African Studies
  • CeLCAR, etc.
  • Russian and Eeastern European Institute: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship FLAS fellowship selection committee
  • Teacher Education- Degree BS: Wrote the request to the Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) for a new Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in World Languages. Gathered documentation on the social, political, economic and security needs and on enrollments in Indiana and adjacent states, fees, number of degrees conferred, etc. Built the case for the new degree buttressed by the need for greater expertise in languages and language education, given the international context. The institutional rationale I present aims to consolidate five separate BS degrees into an omnibus BS degree in World Languages, with specializations in each language named.
  • TEP Coordinators Council: Appointed to TEP Coordinators Council to represent the world languages and ENL program area. This new council was formed in Aug 2015 to advise the Office of Teacher Education on policy issues.
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