Senta Goertler

Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Michigan State University


For a full CV, go here:  goertler-cv-2017-01-26


  • PhD, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2006
  • MA, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2001
  • Zwischenprüfung Anglistik & Germanistik (BA equivalent), Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Germany, 1997


  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Second Language Studies and German, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI: 2006-present
  • Resident Director, Academic Year in Freiburg Program, Freiburg, German: 2013-2014 & 2017-2018
  • Various Positions, Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik, Portland, OR: 2006 (teacher trainer), Administrative Manager and Resident Director (2000-2001), Instructor (2001)
  • ESL Instructor, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ: 2005-2006
  • Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ: 2001-2006.
  • German Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, OR: 1997-2001


Selected Publications

  • *Goertler, S., Kraemer, A., & Schenker, T. (2016). Setting evidence-based language goals. Foreign Language Annals, 49(3), 434-454.
  • Goertler, S. (2015). Study abroad and technology: friend or enemy? Foreign Language Teaching Magazine, July 2015.
  • *Goertler, S. (2012). Theoretical and empirical foundations for blended language learning. In: F. Rubio & J. Thoms (Eds.), Hybrid language teaching and learning: Exploring theoretical, pedagogical, and curricular issues. (pp.27-49). Boston: Cengage/Heinle.
  • *Goertler, S., Bollen, M., Gaff, J. (2012). Students’ readiness for and attitudes toward hybrid foreign language instruction: Multiple perspectives. CALICO Journal, 29(2), 297-320.
  • Goertler, S. (2011). For a smoother blend: Lessons learned from blended instruction. In: S. Huffman & V. Hegelheimer (Eds.), The role of CALL in hybrid and online language courses. Iowa State University: Ames, IA. Available at:
  • *Goertler, S. (2011). Blended and open/online learning: Adapting to a changing world of foreign language teaching. In: N. Arnold & L. Ducate (Eds.), Present and future promises of CALL: From theory and research to new directions in language teaching. (pp. 471-502). CALICO: San Marcos, TX.
  • *Winke, P., Goertler, S., & Amuzie, G.L. (2010). Commonly-taught and less-commonly-taught language learners: Are they equally prepared for CALL and online language learning? Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(3), 199-219.
  • *Goertler, S. (2009). Using computer-mediated communication in language teaching. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, 42(1), 74-84.
  • *Goertler, S. (2009). Hybridizing the curriculum: Needs, benefits, challenges, and attitudes. In: J. Oxford & R. Oxford (Eds.), Second language teaching and learning in the N-generation. (pp. 53-64). National Foreign Language Research Center: Manoa, Hawaii.
  • *Goertler, S. (2009). Rent an American: Putting cultural perspectives to task. In: L. Stone & C. Wilson-Duffy (Eds.), Task-based III: Expanding the range of tasks through the web. (pp. 176-199). International Association for Language Learning Technology.
  • *Winke, P. & Goertler, S. (2008). Did we forget someone? Students’ computer access and literacy for CALL. CALICO Journal, 25(3), 482-509.
  • Goertler, S. & Winke, P. (Eds.) (2008). Opening Doors through Distance Education: Principles, Perspectives, and Practices. CALICO Monograph Series Volume 7. CALICO: San Marcos, TX.
  • *Goertler, S. & Kraemer, A. (2008). Raising global citizens through childhood language programs. In: P. S. Whitten, J. L. Bokemeier, & H. E. Fitzgerald (Eds.), New directions in family research at Michigan State University. (pp.103-110). Family Research Initiative, Michigan State University: East Lansing, MI. 

Selected Recent Presentations

  • Gacs, A. & Goertler, S. (November, 2016). Works with my schedule, but does it work for me? Online vs. F2F German courses. ACTFL Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Gacs, A., Goertler, S., Lesoski, C., McEwen, K., VonPetersdorff, A., & Wolff, L. (November, 2016). Articulation and collaboration: Creating a continuum of learning. ACTFL Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Brunsmeier, S., Goertler, S. & Lesoski, C. (May, 2016). Some but different – developing both intercultural communicative competence and content knowledge. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Goertler, S., Gacs, A., McEwen, K., VonPetersdorff, A., & Wolff, L. (May, 2016). Virtually there – don’t be afraid to study abroad. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Goertler, S. (May, 2016). Oh the places you’ll go! Career options in language and technology. CALICO Conference, East Lansing, MI.
  • Brunsmeier, S., Goertler, S., & Lesoski, C. (April, 2016). Learning through and within telecollaboration: participation, reflection, and analysis. Second International Conference on Telecollaboration in Higher Education. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Goertler, S. (February, 2016). From the virtual world to the real world and back: Technology and study abroad. Plenary address at SLAT Roundtable, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Goertler, S. (November, 2015). Maximizing language learning abroad and at home. ACTFL Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Goertler, S. (May, 2015). Mirror, mirror on the wall! – Awareness raising activities for culture and language development. Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Boulder, CO.
  • Goertler, S. (April, 2015). Technology and study abroad: helping or hindering language learning during study abroad. Keynote address at Purdue University Graduate Student Conference on Second Language Acquisition. West Lafayette, IA.
  • Goertler, S. & Lesoski, C. (March, 2014). Fremdsprachenunterricht und Multilingualität in Deutschland und den USA. Freiburg-Madison Gesellschaft, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Goertler, S. (December, 2013). American perspectives on teaching culture. Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany.
  • Bale, J., Goertler, S., & Kraemer, A. (May, 2013). Reaching Advanced Low: Tools and tasks to improve speaking. Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, Manoa, HI.
  • Goertler, S. & Kraemer, A. (March 2013). Language learning software across all levels: A closer look at learner behavior and learning success. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX.
  • Goertler, S. (January 2013). Responding to the Teagle and MLA reports with technology. Modern Language Association, Boston, MA.
  • Goertler, S. (September, 2010). For a smoother blend: Lessons learned from blended instruction. Keynote presented at annual Technology Second Language Learning conference, Ames, IA.
  • Goertler, S. (April, 2010). Blended instruction: Mixing it all up. Keynote presented at annual Showcase at Anderson Language and Technology Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Recents Awards and Grants for Research

  • 2016: College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Initiative
  • 2016: Humanities Without Walls Seed Funds with Katie McEwen, Adam Gacs, and Charlotte Melin
  • 2008 – 2010: Innovation Grant together with Angelika Kraemer, Families and Communities Together (FACT), Michigan State University ($25,000)
  • 2008: Outstanding Article of the Year Award together with Paula Winke, Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)


 Courses taught

  • Language courses:
  • Pedagogy courses
  • SLA courses

Recent Guest Lectures and Workshops

  • Cabanas, M., Goertler, S., & Wagner, S. (November, 2016). Strategies for teaching in the post-election climate. Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, MSU.
  • Goertler, S. (September, 2016). Improving study abroad before, during, and after abroad experiences. Center for Language Teaching Advancement, MSU.
  • Goertler, S. (March, 2016). Pedagogically sound and sane distance education for LCTLs. Workshop on Sustainable Partnerships for Latin American LCTLs through Distance Learning. Nashville, TN.
  • Goertler S. (November, 2014). Technology and language teaching. LLT 861. Michigan State University.

Recent Awards, Grants, and Recognition for Teaching

  • 2015: The ACTFL/Cengage Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology
  • 2011: Nominated as Learning Leader by Residence Life, Michigan State University 


 Recent  Service:

  • 2016-present: Department Advisory Committee
  • 2016-present: German Unit Section Convener
  • 2016-2019: University Student-Faculty-Staff Hearing Board
  • 2016-present: University Committee on International Studies and Programs
  • 2015-present: HARP Review Committee
  • 2014-present: Coordinator, Second-Year German
  • 2011-present: Faculty Coordinator, Academic Year in Freiburg
  • 2014-present: Technology Advisory Board, Cengage Publishing
  • 2014-present: Nomination Committee, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
  • Spring 2015: Organizer, German Symposium
  • 2014- 2017: AP Syllabus Reviewer
  • 2014-2015: Admissions Committee, Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program
  • 2008 – 2015: Admissions Committee, German Graduate Programs
  • 2012-2013: Program Co-Chair, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Annual Conference
  • 2012-2013: Past President, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Consortium
  • 2012 – 2013: Technology Advisory Board, Center for Language Teaching Advancement
  • 2011 – 2012: Interim Co-Director, Computer-assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)

Recent Outreach

  • 2016: Green Germany Roundtable, Co-organizer with Katie McEwen
  • 2014-present: Germany Embassy Project Competition, Coordinator: 2014: Walls; 2015: Unity; 2016: Green Germany
  • 2007 – 2009; 2015 – present: World Languages Day, Presenter: Michigan State University
  • 2015, 2016: Grand Parents University, Presenter: Michigan State University

Recent Service Awards and Grants

  • 2016: Green Germany, Campus Week Grants on the theme of Germany Meets together with Katie McEwen, German Embassy