Raisa Ankeny

Raisa Ankeny

Assistant Professor, ESOL Coordinator

Dr. Ankeny earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in TESOL & Bilingual Education from New Mexico State University and a Master's in TESOL from the University of Central Florida. She has taught English and Spanish abroad to elementary students in South Korea and Turkey. In the US, Dr. Ankeny has taught middle grades Language Arts and Reading for ESOL, adult learners in preparatory settings in Florida, and along the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border region working closely with bilingual undergraduate students entering academic spaces.

  • PhD, Currixulum & Instruction, New Mexico State University
  • MA, TESOL, University of Central Florida
  • BA, Psychology, University of Central Florida

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Areas of Expertise

  • TESOL
  • Writing Instruction for English Learners
  • Mobile technologies for academic vocabulary acquisition
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogies

Biography

Raisa Ankeny was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and is a bilingual, biliterate and bicultural lifelong learner. Dr. Ankeny earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in TESOL & Bilingual Education from New Mexico State University and a Master's in TESOL from the University of Central Florida. She has taught English and Spanish abroad to elementary students in South Korea and Turkey. In the US, Dr. Ankeny has taught middle grades Language Arts and Reading for ESOL, adult learners in preparatory settings in Florida, and along the El Paso/Ciudad Juarez border region working closely with bilingual undergraduate students entering academic spaces.

Dr. Ankeny's research centers around culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and improving mainstream teachers' instruction of English Learners. In her work with the University of Florida, she served as a Program Coordinator for Project STELLAR, a federally funded National Professional Development grant from the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), focusing specifically on facilitating professional development to educators of English language learners and family engagement in Levy County, Florida. In her courses, Dr. Ankeny infuses current theory and practice with educational laws as they pertain to English Learners in the US.

Research

  • Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy
  • L2 Vocabulary Acquisition
  • Effectiveness of Teachers of English Learners
  • Educational Technology for English Learners
  • Literacy Instruction through Multiple Modalities
  • Differentiated Instruction

Publications

  • Ankeny, R. (2019). Interweaving Technology and Language Goals to Promote Academic Vocabulary: The Role of WhatsApp in an Intensive English Classroom. TESOL Journal, 10(3), 457- 460. https://doi.org/10.1002/tesj.457
  • Ankeny, R., Marichal, N., & Coady, M. (2019) Emerging Teacher-Leaders for English Learners: A Professional Development Model in Rural Florida, School Leadership Review: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 4.
  • Ankeny, R. & Coady, M. (2019). English Learner Instruction at the Center: A Modified Teacher Evaluation Protocol. OASIS Summary of Coady, M. R., Miller,. D., Zeyjun, J., Heffington, D. et al. (2019). Can effective teaching be observed?: Validation of an EL-modified Framework for Teaching observation protocol. TESOL Quarterly. https://oasis-database.org
  • Coady, M., & Ankeny, R. (2019). Engaging Multilingual Families: Research and Practice for Educators. LEARN Journal, pp. 56-69.
  • Coady, M., Miller, D., Dejong, E., Heffington, D., Owaleska, A., Yilmaz, T., Ankeny, R. (2019). Can English Learner Teacher Effectiveness be Observed?: Validation of an EL-Modified Framework for Teaching. TESOL Quarterly. DOI: 10.1002/ tesq.544