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Kira Gulko Morse

Kira Gulko Morse, Instructor of English

Kira Gulko Morse
Kira Gulko Morse, Instructor of English

Department of English
247 Shanks Hall
181 Turner Street NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
kgmorse@vt.edu

Dr. Kira Gulko Morse is an instructor in the Composition Program at the Department of English at Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Dr. Morse taught at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Texas A&M University (Kingsville and Corpus Christi campuses), and, most recently, in the Middle East at the University of Bahrain. While her primary research interests are in the issues of personal identity & language choice and methodology of teaching English as a Second Language, she has enjoyed teaching academic writing courses to first year students. Born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, Dr. Morse has received university degrees both in Ukraine and the Unites States, which has given her better understanding of the diversity in educational approaches. She speaks English, Ukrainian, and Russian with native-like proficiency, and has taken classes in a number of other languages. She has lived in Europe, the Middle East, and the US, and has travelled extensively around the world, which has enriched her perspective on human relations, lifestyles, and choices. Apart from her professional endeavors, she enjoys playing the piano and spending time with her husband and three children. Blacksburg has become her new home and she delights in the beauty of the local landscape and the warm-heartedness of the people.

  • Language Choice and Identity
  • Individual Language Shift
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Second/Foreign Language Teaching Methodology
  • Academic Writing Teaching Methodology
  • EdD in Bilingual Education, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Texas, 2012
    Dissertation: The Role of Personal Choice in Individual Language Shift
  • MEd in Educational Leadership & Foundations, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2001
    Graduate Project: Stereotypes and Generalizations in American Education
  • MA in English Philology, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1999
    Thesis: Stylistic Peculiarities of English Proverbs and Sayings
  • BA in Linguistics, TESOL Minor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1999
  • BA in English Philology, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 1998
  • Morse, K. (2020, January). The construct of personal choice within individual language shift: A phenomenological qualitative study. Paper presented at the International Conference on First Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, Zurich, Switzerland. Abstract retrieved from https://publications.waset.org/abstracts/112861/the-construct-of-personal-choice-within-individual-language-shift-a-phenomenological-qualitative-study.
  • Morse, K. (2011). Debate: A tool for language learning. Journal of Border Educational Research, 10 (1).
  • Morse, K. (2009, February). [Review of the book Strategies for teaching boys & girls: Elementary level, grades PreK-5]. Education Review. Retrieved from http://edrev.asu.edu/brief/feb09.html#6
  • Morse, K. and Torres, R. (2008). [Review of the book The cultural dimension in focus: Promoting awareness of diversity and respect for difference in a Finland–Swedish EFL classroom]. The Modern Language Journal, 92, 336-337.
  • Morse, K. (2008, June). [Review of the book Strong teens, grades 9-12: A social & emotional learning curriculum]. Education Review. Retrieved from http://edrev.asu.edu/brief/june08.html
  • Morse, K. and Gulko, Z. (2004). Метод проектів у Кловському ліцеї (Project-based curriculum in Klovsky Lyceum). Innovation Potential of Project-based Curriculum in Educational Establishments. Kyiv, Ukraine: Kyiv Pechersk State Administration.
  • Morse, K. (2002). Localization as an essential component of translation. Language, Education, Culture: Integration Trends in Contemporary World. Vinnytsia, Ukraine: Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.
  • Morse, K. (2001). Bilingualism: A child’s language. English Language Learning. Khmelnitsky, Ukraine: TESOL-Ukraine.
  • Morse, K. (2000). Stylistic peculiarities of English proverbs and sayings. English Language Learning. Khmelnitsky, Ukraine: TESOL-Ukraine.
  • Session Chair and Presenter, International Conference on First Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, Zurich, Switzerland, 2020
    Topic: The Construct of Personal Choice within Individual Language Shift: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study
  • Presenter, Bilingual Education Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 2015
    Topic: The Role of Personal Choice in Individual Language Shift
  • Presenter, Faculty Training, Department of Language & Literature, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2014
    Topic: Subjectivity in Academic Writing
  • Presenter, Faculty Training, Department of Language & Literature, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 2014
    Topic: Short In-Class Essays as a Successful Writing Exercise
  • Presenter, Bilingual Education Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 2011
    Topic: It Is Not Just About Bella and Edward: Young Adult Literature in ESL Classroom
  • Presenter, Bilingual Education Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 2009
    Topic: Language Dominance Shift: Can You Choose Your Language?
  • Presenter, National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Austin, Texas, 2009
    Topic: First Language Choice
  • Presenter, Primer Encuentro de Egresados de Lingüística Aplicada y Estudiantes de Ciencias del Lenguaje, Monterrey, Mexico, 2008
    Topic: Non-Traditional EFL Curriculum
  • Presenter, Bilingual Education Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 2008
    Topic: I Can Read What I Can Write: Language Experience Approach
  • Presenter, Bilingual Education Conference, Kingsville, Texas, 2007
    Topic: Debate as a Tool for Language Learning
  • Co-Presenter, Project Methodology in the Context of Comparative Pedagogy, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2004
    Topic: Project-based Curriculum in American Education
  • Presenter, International TESOL Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2002
    Topic: Debate as a Tool for EFL Learning
  • Presenter, Summer School on American Studies, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, 2001
    Topic: Stereotypes and Generalizations
  • Keynote Speaker, TESOL-Ukraine Forum, Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, 2000
    Topic: Importance of Scholarly Research and Conference Presentations
  • Presenter, Deseret Language and Linguistics Symposium, Provo, Utah, 2000
    Topic: Stylistic Peculiarities of English Proverbs and Sayings
  • First Year Rhetoric and Composition
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • English Grammar
  • Literacy Development for English Language Learners
  • Applied Linguistics
  • English for Special Purposes (Report Writing for Business)
  • English as a Second Language (Writing, Reading, Listening & Speaking, Grammar)
  • Cultural History of Ukraine
  • Study Abroad Preparation – Ukraine