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Schneider, Elke Name: Elka Schneider
Title: Professor
Education: PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Eichstätt, Germany with specialization in Learning Disabilities and Second/Foreign Language Learning
Undergraduate and Masters degrees in foreign, second and native language instruction with teaching degrees for secondary education and K-12 second language education from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany
Office: 208 Withers Building
Phone: 803/323-4003
E-mail: schneidere@winthrop.edu
Web: http://coe.winthrop.edu/schneidere
Area(s): Second and foreign language learning and dyslexia, MSL instruction, research-supported professional development in the area of literacy for native and second language learners, and culturally sensitive instruction.

Dr. Schneider's research interests focus on second and foreign language learning and dyslexia, MSL instruction, research-supported professional development in the area of literacy for native and second language learners, and culturally sensitive instruction. Her research has been published in journals and books in the United States and Europe. She has also published two books on second language acquisition and learning disabilities. She has almost 20 years of experience integrating multisensory structured language instruction into undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Nationally and internationally, she provides teacher training on multisensory structured language instruction to native, foreign and second language learners in public and private school settings. At Winthrop University, Dr. Schneider teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in three disciplines: Literacy, Special Education, and English for non-native speakers. Currently, she co-directs a large 3-year U.S. Department of Education grant that helps local teachers address the needs of non-native speakers of English. This grant also supports Winthrop faculty to infuse effective assignments into their courses to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for English Language Learners in their classes. Long distance, she has supervised over 20 different theses of students at universities in Germany, Austria, Poland and Luxembourg who sought Dr. Schneider's guidance in her unique area of expertise. Additionally, over a five year period she helped the Department of Education in the quarto-lingual country of Luxembourg develop a support system for students with language learning disabilities.

On a personal note, Dr. Schneider loves to spend time in nature, travel and learn from and about different cultures. She is also engaged in various forms of nature preservation.