The University of Kragujevac in Serbia was looking for an expert in second language acquisition and English language teaching methodology. They found that person on the faculty in PSU’s College of Education.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity selected Dr. Tatiana Sildus, an associate professor in the College of Education, for its 2011-2012 Fulbright Specialists Program. The committee paired her with the Serbian university because of her primary area of study.

Sildus is one of the authors of the textbook “Spotlight on English, Grade 2,” with Santillana USA. At PSU, she teaches a wide range of courses in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement program. A native of Russia, Sildus received a BSEd and a master’s degree in English and German from Vladimir State Pedagogical University. She earned a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

In Serbia, Sildus is working with undergraduate and graduate students.

“I present lectures and seminars for undergraduate and master’s degree level students,” Sildus said, “and I also work with their doctoral students on the topics of language and cognition and communicative language teaching approaches.”

In addition to interactive lectures, Sildus conducts master classes in which she models the teaching methods she talks about.

“I think it is beneficial for university students to experience the strategies first-hand, the way I teach my classes here,” Sildus said.

Sildus traveled to Serbia in December 2011 for the first of the two-part program and will return to Serbia to complete the project in May.