Keli Yerian

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  • Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Additional Title: Director, Language Teaching Studies MA Program
  • Phone: 541-346-4302
  • Office: 167 Straub Hall
  • Office Hours: WINTER Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm and By Appt.
  • Affiliated Departments: American English Institute
  • Interests: language teacher education, pedagogy, curriculum development, program development, gesture studies, interactional discourse analysis
  • Website: Website


Keli D. Yerian (PhD, MS Linguistics, Georgetown University) has been the Director of the Language Teaching Studies (LTS) Program since 2010, and has been a teacher and teacher educator in Linguistics, Language Education and ESL/EFL for over 20 years. Her research interests are in language and interaction, most specifically in the use of gesture in both L1 and L2 speakers, as well as language teacher education, including the professional development of future language teachers. She has taught ESL/EFL in the US, Europe, and Africa, and has extensive experience teaching in both undergraduate and graduate university programs. Before joining the University of Oregon faculty in 2007, she taught graduate level courses and ran workshops for both students and teachers-in-training at Stanford University.

Recent publications:

  • Yerian, K., T. Pashby, A. Mikhaylova, & M. Kato (2019). Native and Non-Native Teacher Candidate Perceptions of Professional Language Development in a TESOL MA Program.
  • Yerian, K. (2013). The Communicative Body in Women’s Self-Defense Courses. In Katz, M., Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools. New York, Peter Lang.
  • Yerian, K. (2009). Using a Graphic Syllabus with Second Language Learners. The ORTESOL Journal. Vol. 27, 9-18.

Selected presentations:

  • "Microteaching for Classroom Management: Impromptu Challenge Workshop" with Laura Holland. TESOL, Seattle, WA. 2017. 
  • "The Performative Ring: Semi-conventionalized Gesture as a Resource for Constructing Social Stance and Identity." ISGS (International Society for Gesture Studies), Paris, France, 2016.
  • "Getting a Job: Interactive Online Materials for Language Teacher Graduates." American Council of Foreign Language Teachers (ACTFL) Convention, San Diego, California, 2016.
  • “Non-Native (and Native) Speakers’ Attitudes toward their own Language Development within a Language Teaching MA Program” with Trish Pashby and Anna Mikhaylova. AAAL, Portland, OR, 2014.
  • “Learners can Teach Pronunciation Too: Building Autonomy through Peer Instruction”. TESOL, Portland, OR, 2014.
  • “Reactive to Proactive: Teacher Mentoring in a Growing ESL Program” with Lara Ravitch, Laura Holland, and Britt Johnson. TESOL, Portland, OR, 2014.
  • “Pragmatic Gestures in International Teaching Assistant Interaction” with Robert Elliott. TESOL, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
  • “Differences in Frequency of ‘Ring’ Gesture Use across Experienced and Inexperienced Speakers in Academic English Presentations”. International Society of Gesture Studies, Frankfurt an Oder, Germany, 2010.
  • “Designing Successful Practicum Experiences for NNS and NS MA Students” with Trish Pashby. TESOL, Boston, MA 2010.

LTS courses taught:

  • LING 440/540 (Linguistic Principles and 2nd Language Learning), LT 436/535 (Language Teaching Methods), LT 436/536 (Language Teaching Planning), LT 548 Curriculum and Materials Development, LT 608 Orientation, LT 608 Microteaching Workshop, LT 610 (Seminar: Pedagogical Grammar & Vocabulary), LT 611 (Terminal Project)