Winthrop University: COE Faculty Profile - Schneider, Elke

Name:  Elke Schneider
Title:  Professor of Literacy, Special Education, Second/Foreign Language Acquisition
Education:  Ph.D., Applied Linguistics with concentration in Learning Disabilities, Universität Eichstätt, Germany
M.A., German as a Second Language, Universität München, Germany
Secondary Teaching degrees for English as a Foreign/Second Language and German (M.A. level), Universität München, Germany
Office:  304-J Withers/W.T.S. Building   
Phone:  803/323-4003
Area(s):  Multisensory Structured Metacognitive Language Instruction, Learning Disabilities, Acculturation, Second and Foreign Language Learning


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Elke Schneider received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics in 1997 from the University of Eichsttt, 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. After completing a large co-directed four-year federal grant to enhance university faculty and 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 ESOL teachers through the South Carolina Title III Office and supports state efforts for ESOL endorsements that require MSML-based content. She recharges her 'batteries' by being outdoors in a variety of ways, traveling abroad, and engaging in yoga and art projects.


Last updated by rayj 05/31/2019

Last Updated: 7/3/19