Wayne State University

Connie K Zucker

Connie K Zucker
Part-time Faculty, College of Education

Office Hours: By appointment only.

(734) 812-5882
(313) 577-4091

Education

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI -- B.A. cum laude

  • Teaching Certificate:  Spanish, English

Oakland University -- Continuing Teaching Certificate, with Reading in Content Area

Wayne State University -- Masters of Education, 1996

  • Major:  Foreign Language Education

Wayne State University -- Endorsed, Teaching English as a Second Language -- 2000

Wayne State University -- Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, 2005

  • Cognate minor: Teacher Supervision 

Biography

Connie Zucker graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English and Spanish and is endorsed in teaching English as a Second Language.  She holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from Wayne State University. The Michigan World Language Association named her the 2006  Middle School World Language Teacher of the Year. She has taught Spanish for 25 years in Livonia Public Schools, teaches online courses for Kaplan University,  and teaches courses in applied linguistics and classroom teaching methods at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Responsibilities

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Teacher Education
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Academic Interests

2008 to present: The Effect of Structured Input Activities in the Foreign Language

                          Classroom in the Acquisition of Grammar Concepts

Area of Expertise

Applying second language acquisition resesarch to the classroom.

Research Interests

Preparing proposal to research the effects of structured input activities and other strategies on grammar acquisition.

Awards & Honors

2006
Teacher of the Year, the Michigan World Language Association
2006
Outstanding Faculty Award, Educational Accessibility Services, Wayne State University
2002
Selected as Livonia Public Schools Founders Day Teacher Honoree
1998
Selected as Livonia Public Schools Founders Day Teacher Honoree

Presentations

Teaching ESL Graduate Students: Considerations about Writing.
Zucker, C. 2008   on-line presentation to Kaplan University School of Teacher Education faculty
Cultural Awareness, Generation 1.5 (ESL students), and Error Correction in Grad Student papers
Zucker, C. 2008   on-line power point to Kaplan University School of Teacher Education faculty, TESOL conference
Second Language Acquisition and the Teaching of Grammar
Zucker, C. 2007   Michigan Association for Bilingual Education
No Computer Lab? No Problem: How to use technology in the classroom with only one computer
Zucker, C., Tolios, I. 0   Michigan World Language Association conference
Communicating while Conjugating: How to keep your students talking while teaching grammar
Zucker, C., Tolios, I. 0   Michigan World Language Association conference
Focus on Literacy: Reading, Rigor, and Relevance
Zucker, C., Tolios, I. 0   Michigan World Language Association conference
Recall, Retain, and Reproduce -- Teaching for Retention and Differentiating Instruction
Zucker, C., Tolios, I. 0   Michigan World Language Association conference