Brigid M. Burke


Brigid M. Burke, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7324
Address: 529 Education Building

More Information on Brigid Burke

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Curriculum & Instruction

Ed.M., Harvard University, Self-Designed, Individual Studies

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, French Education


Teacher professional development (job-embedded, experiential, self-directed), world language pedagogy (deep structure theory, communicative language teaching, exploratory world language programs and instruction), action research for teachers, and experiential education (for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educators using expeditionary learning design)

Dr. Burke has been a School of Teaching and Learning faculty member since 2009.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning of World Languages
  • Teaching Adolescents Middle Grades through High School
  • Teaching World Language Skills in the Schools

Graduate Courses:

  • Qualitative Approaches to Classroom Inquiry
  • Teaching and Learning World Languages at the College Level

Burke, B.M. (2015b). Language proficiency testing for teachers. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, 1-7. (Invited publication)

Burke, B.M.  (2015a). A collaborative approach can improve world language education. Kappan, 96(7), 69-72.

Burke, B.M.  (2014). Forty years after Savignon, how far have(n’t) we come? Students’ perspectives about communicative language teaching in the 21st century. 2014 Report of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 113-137.

Burke, B.M. (2013b). Looking into a crystal ball: Is requiring high-stakes language proficiency tests really going to improve world language education? Modern Language Journal, 97(2), 531-534.

Burke, B.M.  (2013a). Experiential professional development: A model for meaningful and long-lasting change in classrooms.  Journal of Experiential Education, 36(3), 247-263.

Burke, B.M. (2012). Experiential professional development: Improving world language pedagogy inside Spanish classrooms. Hispania, 95(4), 714-733.

Burke, B.M. (2011). Rituals and beliefs ingrained in world language pedagogy: Defining deep structure and conventional wisdom.  Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2(1), 1-12.