Faculty & Staff Profiles

Name:  Elke Schneider

Title:  Professor of Literacy, Special Education, Second/Foreign Language Acquisition

Education:  Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, Universität Eichstätt, Germany; M.A., Secondary Teaching for English as a Foreign Language and German, Universität München, Germany; M.A., German as a Second Language, Universität München, Germany

Office:  304-J Withers/W.T.S. Building

Phone:  803/323-4003

E-mail:  schneidere@winthrop.edu


Area(s):  Multisensory Structured Metacognitive Language Instruction; Learning Disabilities; Acculturation; Second and Foreign Language Learning and Pedagogy

Elke Schneider received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics in 1997 from the University of Eichstätt, Germany where she specialized in foreign/second language learning and learning disabilities. Over the past 25 years, she has published and presented nationally and internationally on this topic. In the US and in Europe she has taught foreign and second languages, special education, and literacy education courses. 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. With great passion, Dr. Schneider has integrated multisensory structured metacognitive language (MSML) instruction into undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs at different universities. As a professor at Winthrop University, she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Special Education, English Literacy Education, and English as a Second Language in the College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences. After completing a large co-directed four-year federal grant to enhance Winthrop University faculty and local inservice teacher knowledge on meeting the needs of non-native speakers of English, Dr. Schneider currently is engaged in a second large federal grant that prepares educators to work with English Language learners through MSML instruction. She also has trained a large number of ESOL teachers through the South Carolina Title III Office and supports state efforts for ESOL endorsements that require MSML-based content. She is bilingual and recharges her 'batteries' by spending time outdoors, traveling abroad, swimming with wild dolphins whenever possible, and engaging in yoga and art projects.