TESOL Faculty

The WCU TESOL program is honored to have three distinguished faculty members heading the program. These professors enrich the learning experiences of their students, and they are valuable resources for students and faculty alike.

About our Faculty:

Dr. Eleanor Petrone
(828) 227-3918
Dr. Erin Callahan-Price
(828) 227-3932
Eleanor Petrone Erin Callahan-Price

 Eleanor Petrone is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at WCU and Director of the TESOL Program.  She comes to WCU after 15 years as a public school ESL teacher.  Her teaching experience spans from kindergarten to the Masters level.  She initially entered the field of TESOL while working as an EFL teacher in South America.  After returning to the U.S., she worked in the NYC Public Schools teaching Humanities at an alternative school for recently immigrated, English language learners.  In addition to teaching ESL, she has taught Language Arts, Spanish, and helped to implement an ESL program in the North Carolina public schools.  Her research interests focus on the acculturation process of bilingual/bicultural students and the ways in which language minority students successfully navigate U.S. public schools with a particular focus on the 1.5 generation and the undocumented.  She is presently conducting a qualitative study on the experience of Mexican parents and their involvement in the U.S. public schools with the hope of identifying culturally-relevant forms of parental involvement that will facilitate an increase in the level of Mexican families' participation and student success.

Erin Callahan-Price is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at WCU where she teaches classes in linguistics, TESOL, and English Education. She researches morphosyntactic and phonological variation in ethnic dialects of English, including a variety of Hispanicized English (HE) which is currently emerging in North Carolina. She also works on the acquisition of NC African American English (currently, in conjunction with a project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill). She is affiliated with the North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP) at North Carolina State University, where she served as a site coordinator for sociolinguistic research in three Durham Public Schools, as well as a Spanish language fieldworker in south Texas. She received her B.A. in Linguistics at Yale University, where she did fieldwork in the French West Indies on Guadeloupe Creole, and her M.A. in English from N.C. State. She grew up in Charlotte (N.C.) and is a proud, native North Carolinian. She has taught high school Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in the public school systems in Durham and Granville Counties and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the Summer Institute in English at NC State University and at a bilingual school in Querétaro, México. She has worked as a journalist at alternative weekly newspapers in Stanford, CT and Charlotte, NC. She is a former rugby player, current beagle-lover, and longtime documentary film buff.


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