Linguistics Minor

West Chester University

Program Coordinator:
Israel Sánz-Sánchez
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Program Coordinator

Israel Sánz-Sánchez
Languages and Cultures


Professor Sanz-Sánchez joined WCU in 2009. His area of concentration is the history of Spanish in the United States, the development of dialectal diversity in Latin America, and historical sociolinguistics. His current research focuses on the Spanish of New Mexico and northern Mexico, phonological and morphological change in Latin American Spanish during the colonial period, and the linguistic and historical approaches to the Hispanic archival heritage of the US Southwest. At West Chester, Professor Sanz-Sánchez has taught and developed courses in Spanish as a second language, Spanish phonetics, the history of the Spanish language, Spanish in the United States, and linguistic discrimination. You may reach Professor Sanz-Sánchez at

Contributing faculty (tenured / tenure-track)

Maria José Cabrera
Languages and Cultures


Professor Cabrera came to West Chester in 2007. Her area of concentration is on the linguistics of Spanish. She focuses on Spanish-English bilingualism, second-language acquisition and pedagogy, and sociolinguistics. At West Chester, she has taught and developed courses in Spanish linguistics, Spanish phonetics, Spanish for heritage speakers, second-language proficiency development, and Spanish as a second language. Professor Cabrera is also the coordinator of lower-level Spanish. You can contact her at

Cathryn Crosby
Languages and Cultures


Professor Crosby came to WCU in 2007. She specializes in ESL (English as a second language) theory and practice, teacher education, curriculum development and writing instruction. Professor Crosby is one of the faculty members in the graduate TESOL program, and her teaching is in the areas of general linguistics, sociolinguistics, TESOL and K-12 education. You can contact Professor Crosby at

Dennis Godfrey


Professor Godfrey came to WCU in 1987. He has a long experience in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both in higher and in secondary education. He has conducted research in the areas of TESOL practice, second-language pedagogy, content-based instruction, language assessment and the use of technology in the language classroom. At WCU, Professor Godfrey teaches courses in the English and TESOL programs, on topics ranging from first- and second-language acquisition and teaching, to general linguistics, dialects of American English and the history of the English language. He also has a long experience as the prior coordinator of the Linguistics minor. Professor Godfrey can be reached at

Charles E. Grove
Languages and Cultures


Professor Grove came to WCU in 1999. He is the coordinator of the TESOL graduate program. His area of concentration is second-language pedagogy as applied to both English and Spanish, especially in connection to output-centered language teaching techniques, content-based education, assessment and the effect of linguistic prescriptivism on the teaching and learning of languages. At West Chester, he has taught and developed courses in a variety of areas, from Spanish as a second language, general linguistics and sociolinguistics, to TESOL, educational policy and language assessment. Professor Grove can be reached at

Cheryl Gunter
Communicative Disorders


Professor Gunter came to WCU in 1999. She has a long experience as a speech and language pathologist in academic and clinical environments. Her research focuses on a wide variety of areas, including the treatment of communication disorders, pedagogical techniques for students with special communicative needs, and accent reduction techniques for the ESL classroom. She is the author of Communication Development and Disorders for Partners in Service (San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing, 2010 – co-authored with Mareile Koenig). Professor Gunter is also the author of a long list of instructional materials for students and professionals in the field of communication. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in many areas, including speech and language development, articulation disorders and clinical phonology, alternate and augmentative communication, accent modification and multicultural communication, among many others. Professor Gunter can be reached at

Elaine B. Jenks
Communication Studies


Professor Jenks came to WCU in 1992. She focuses on communication issues in clinical environments and in the family. Within this broader area, she has authored papers on issues such as doctor-patient communication, children with a visual impairment, and the interface between narration and pregnancy loss. Professor Jenks's teaching covers a variety of topics at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including communication theory, health, friendship and family communication, public speaking, and research methods. You can contact Professor Jenks at

Sara Lamb Kistler
Early and Middle Grades Education

Professor Lamb Kistler joined WCU in 2004. She specializes in a variety of fields in elementary education connected to the larger issues involved in teacher education, ranging from assessment, community service and mentoring, to the position of English learners in the American education system. Her recent research includes papers and presentations on performance assessment, the consequences of the monolingual English ideology for English-learning students in the classroom, and educational policy, among other topics. At West Chester, Professor Lamb Kistler teaches graduate and undergraduate courses, among them "Inclusive Classroom", "Teaching English Language Learners PK-12", and "School Bullying: The Problem, Intervention, and Prevention." She also supervises student teachers in grades K-8. You can e-mail Professor Lamb Kistler at

Mareile A. Koenig
Communicative Disorders


Professor Koenig joined WCU in 1990. She has extensive clinical experience in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through home-based and center-based models involving both behavioral and developmental evidence-based approaches. Her research and teaching interests include the professional preparation of SLPs for autism treatment; cross-disciplinary collaboration; and issues related to the communication, social cognition, and behavior of children with ASD. Professor Koenig participated as a Co-Facilitator of the Education/Certification Sub-Committee of the Pennsylvania Autism Task Force and she serves as a consultant to support groups for families of children with autism. She is also a collaborator in the cross-disciplinary Autism Certification Program at West Chester University. You can contact Professor Koenig at

Garrett G. Molholt


Professor Molholt came to WCU in 1987. As a phonologist, he specializes in speech processing and the applications of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) techniques to the development of fluency in non-native speakers of English. He has published a variety of single- and co-authored studies on this area. He is also the author of the monograph Accent Reduction Via Acoustic Analysis: ESL Applications of the Visi-Pitch II 3300 (Lincoln Park: Kay Elemetrics Corporation, 1998). He also has an extensive background in several languages of India, including Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, Tamil and Bengali. At West Chester, his teaching covers a variety of areas of linguistics, including general linguistics, the structure of the English language, sociolinguistics and phonetics. Professor Molholt can be reached at

Frederick R. Patton
Languages and Cultures


Professor Patton came to WCU in 1981. His area of specialization is [fill in]. As a member of the Russian faculty at WCU, he teaches a variety of courses in Russian language and culture, as well as courses in the Linguistics minor, including "Intro to Linguistics" and "Language Communities in the United States and Canada." Professor Patton can be reached at

Andrea Varricchio
Languages and Cultures


Professor Varricchio came to WCU in 1986 with a concentration in Spanish linguistics and the application of linguistic theory to discourse analysis. She specializes in a variety of teaching methodologies in second-language acquisition and student-oriented teaching, including service-learning, internships, and study abroad programs. Professor Varricchio has published and presented papers on the applications of service learning and technology with the implementation of the ACTFL standards (i.e., the ‘5 C’s’) in the second-language classroom. At WCU, Professor Varricchio has taught and developed courses in Business Spanish, Spanish for the Professionals, and a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language and culture. In the Linguistics program, she teaches "Spanish Phonetics and Phonology," "Applied Spanish Linguistics," "Introduction to Linguistics," and the Language Internship course. She can be reached at

Michael S. Weiss
Communicative Disorders

Professor Weiss's research interests include the relationship between cardiovascular fitness and hearing loss, the application of acoustical measurement instrumentation in clinical evaluation and remediation of speech disorders, and the analysis of speech produced with an electrolarynx. At West Chester, Professor Weiss teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including "Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism," "Speech and Hearing Science," "Introduction to Phonetics," and "Experimental Phonetics." You can reach Professor Weiss at

Adjunct faculty

Robin Aronow
Languages and Cultures

Professor Aronow has taught at WCU since 2008. As a phonologist, her research focuses on experimental perception studies of novel syllabic structures. She also specializes in topics such as French morphology and syntax. At WCU, she currently teaches "Introduction to Linguistics." Professor Aronow may be reached at

Professor Aranow has also developed an interactive linguistics website which provides hands-on exercises and practice for linguistics students: