Jennifer W. Akins, M. A.

Senior Lecturer - English Language Center

Jennifer Akins has enjoyed a long career teaching English, training teachers and facilitating intercultural experiences both in the U.S. and abroad. As a faculty member of the English Language Center (ELC) at Gonzaga, she teaches in the Intensive English,...

Jennifer Akins

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

M.A. TESOL, Dept. of English, Washington State University

B.A., English Literature, Westmont College

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

ELCT 121: Multilingual Student Writing

ELCT 059: Academic Seminar

ELCT 058: Language Awareness

ELCT 049: Advanced Reading & Writing

MTSL 509: Academic Writing Grad Students

MTSL 291: Language & Culture in Zambia


Jennifer Akins has enjoyed a long career teaching English, training teachers and facilitating intercultural experiences both in the U.S. and abroad. As a faculty member of the English Language Center (ELC) at Gonzaga, she teaches in the Intensive English, Gonzaga Global and MATESOL programs. Her research interests include theories of translanguaging and identity development in multicultural and multilingual spaces.

Professional Presentations  

Akins J. & Sevedge. J. (2016). Bringing Multilingual Students into the Academic Life of the University. English USA Professional Development Conference. Monterey, CA. 

Akins, J. (2014). Baby Steps: Or Stumbling Toward Incorporating Outside Sources in Writing. WAESOL (Washington Association of Educators of Speakers of Other Languages) Conference. Des Moines, WA.

Akins, J. (2014) Baby Steps: Or Stumbling Toward Incorporating Outside Sources in Writing. Gonzaga University First Friday Forum & Taste of TESOL. Spokane, WA.

Akins, J. (2014).  Developing a Rubric for Reflective Writing. Gonzaga University First Friday Forum. Spokane, WA.

Akins, J. & Arciszewska-Russso, B. (2014). The Spelling/ Reading Connection: Focus on Arabic-Speaking Adult ELLs. Spokane Regional Conference. Spokane, WA.

Akins, J. (2012). Jesuit Commons: Higher Education in the Margins - ESL in Dzaleka, Malawi. Gonzaga University First Friday Forum. Spokane, WA.

Akins, J. & Sevedge, J. (2012). Making the Moves: Using Templates in Academic Writing. Spokane Regional Conference. Spokane, WA.

Akins, J & Sevedge, J. (2011). Panel member - The Role of ESL at Jesuit Universities in the US. Mid-TESOL. St Louis, MO.

Akins, J. (2008). It’s Just Grammar. Spokane Regional Conference. Spokane, WA.