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Martha Nyikos
Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
W.W. Wright Education Building Room EDUCATION 3016
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Department:  Literacy, Culture, & Language Education
About Me | Degrees | Publications | Presentations | Grant Funding | Awards


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 am 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 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, 1975, Applied Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Secondary Teaching License, 1974.

B.A.  German Studies; Linguistics Minor (Magna Cum Laude), 1973, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

  • 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. (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.
  • 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., 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. 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 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).
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Reexamining teacher reflection:Impact of site-responsive collaborative teaching on thinking
  • The role of community responsive teaching in access to critical languages
  • Invited to lead closing synthesizing discussion for the conference.
  • Building and Maintaining a Community-based Language Outreach Program
  • Interlangauge: Spaces for questioning bilingual acquisition processes
  • Intercultural Engagements in Teaching for Global Citizenship
  • Multilayered Interactive Teacher Reflection: Peeling the Onion of Awareness.
  • Making Connections, Building Bridges: Early Language Learning of LCTLS in Community Settings
  • More Than Metacognition in Pedagogy and Research
  • Enhancing Language Learning Through Learner Autonomy in a Global Society: Strategic Approaches
  • New Role For Less Commonly Taught Languages: Community Advocacy
  • 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.
  • Early Learning of Critical Languages, Less Commoly Taught Languages: Issues and Vision for Curricular Change
  • Internationalizing Teacher Education Programs: Setting the Research Agenda

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

  • International award to present research at Alpen-Adria Universitat Klagenfurt, Austria (October 15-18, 2015).
  • Named editor of INTESOL Journal
  • The Global Learning Advisory Council will meet two to three times per semester to discuss 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 will work collaboratively to develop resources, effective communication vehicles, determine professional development needs and provide outreach for educators, parents and community members.
  • The Senator Paul Simon Award for demonstrated leadership in the promotion of language learning and international understanding for leadership
  • To present research paper at Babe-Bolyai University, Kolozsvar/Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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