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Kira Gulko Morse

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 United States, 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