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Cheri Pierson, Ed.D. - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Cheri Pierson, Ed.D. Cheri Pierson, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies | Wheaton College


Dr. Cheri Pierson's professional interests include teacher education for second language acquisition and curriculum development.



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Cheri Pierson | The Challenges of Mastering the English Language




Dr. Cheri Pierson is the author of several books related to English for Bible and Theology for English language learners who study theology in cross-cultural contexts. She served as a teacher educator in western and eastern Europe for 15 years. Her professional interests include teacher education (practicum in TESOL; methodology), teaching and creating materials in English for non-native speakers who study Bible and theology, and issues related to women in leadership in cross-cultural contexts.

Education (4)

Northern Illinois University: Ed.D., Education 1999

Dissertation: Contributions of Adult Christian and English Language Education to a Society in Transformation: A Case Study of the Emmanuel Bible Institute, Oradea, Romania

Wheaton College: M.A., Missions and Intercultural Studies / TESOL 1994

Gotesborgs Universitet (Sweden): Certificate, Swedish Language Proficiency 1984

Indiana University: B.S., English 1970

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests (10)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Tesol) Teacher Education Professional Development Research Curriculum Development Women in Cross-Cultural Leadership English for Bible and Theology Second-Language Acquisition Teacher Education Methodology Mentoring

Professional Affiliations (8)

  • Society of Professors of Education (1999-present)
  • Adult Education Research Committee (1998-2007)
  • TESOL International membership and membership in special interest sections for Adult Education, Higher Education, English for Specific Purposes; Caucus membership, CETC (Christian Educators of TESOL Caucus) (1993-present)
  • Board, Christian Educators of International TESOL Caucus (2003-present) Steering Committee, Christians in English Language Teaching Conference (2006-2009) Proposal Reader (2007-present)
  • Chair, Part-Time Issues Committee, IT-BE (2001-2002)
  • Board member, IT-BE (2000-2002)
  • IT-BE (TESOL/Bilingual Education) Committee for Standards of Higher Education (1993-present)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society) : Member

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Swedish

Presentations and Event Appearances (17)

Thinking Theologically about Language Teaching

Moody/Wheaton ESL Conference. With Will Bankstown.  Chicago, IL


Exploring Community Inside and Outside Multicultural Adult ESL Classrooms

CELT Conference. With Audrey Welch.  Seattle, WA


Teaching English in Majority World Countries

Academic Presentation  Compass Church, Wheaton, IL, 2017

Motivating Adults to Become Active English Language Learners

Academic Presentation. IT-BE 43rd Convention. With Lauren Nadolski and Audrey Welch.  Naperville, IL, 2017

Exploring Storytelling and Visual Arts to Enhance Cross-Cultural Communication

Christian English Language Teacher’s Conference  Baltimore, MD, 2016

Motivating Adults to Become Active English Language Learners

Moody/Wheaton ESL Ministry Conference. With Audrey Welch.  Chicago, IL, 2016

Curriculum Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Academic Presentation for Handong Global University  Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College Graduate School, 2016

Crossing Bridges for Effective Communication in K-12 Contexts

Academic Presentation. WAnet Schools. With Charity Renwick.  Wheaton, IL: Wheaton College, 2015

Crossing Bridges for Effective Communication

Academic Presentation. Christian English Language Teachers Conference  Toronto, Canada, 2015

Error Correction: A Dynamic Partnership between Teachers and Students

Academic Presentation. Illinois TESOL/ BE 38th Convention. With Alex Jones and Mary Elizabeth Moore.  Naperville, IL, 2015

New Trends: Using Storytelling to Teach ESL

Chicagolands' 10th Annual ESL Ministry Conference  Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.


From Foreign to Familiar: Experiencing Culture through Artistic Expression and Narrative

Academic Presentation. Christian English Language Teachers Conference. With Charity Renwick.  Portland, Oregon, 2014

Fostering Community in Diverse Adult ESL Classrooms

Illinois TESOL/BE 37th Annual Convention. With Rachel Fabian, Hope Hardin, and Maria Hodapp.  Naperville, Illinois, 2014

In Pursuit of Motivational Strategies that Enhance Independent Learning

Illinois TESOL / BE 36th Annual Convention  Naperville, IL


Motivating Adults to Become Autonomous Language Learners

Pennsylvania: Christian English Language Teachers Conference  Philadelphia, PA


Contrastive Rhetoric: Exploring Cultural Influences and Classroom Applications

Illinois TESOL/BE 35th Annual Convention  Naperville, IL


Exploring Culture through Literature and the Visual Arts in the EFL Classroom

New Bulgarian University  Sofia, Bulgaria


Academics and Published Research (2)

Courses Taught

- INTR 611: Theoretical Foundations in TESOL Methodology
- INTR 613: TESOL Classroom Dynamics Practicum
- INTR 614: Curriculum and Materials Development in TESOL
- INTR 552: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender and Leadership
- INTR 573: Qualitative Research for Second Language Educators
- EVAN 573: Qualitative Research for Evangelism and Leadership
- INTR 691: Intercultural Forum


- Second Language Acquisition
- English for Bible and Theology

Select Articles, Chapters, Reviews, and Other Publications (7)

Thinking Theologically about Language Education UK: Langham Publishers

Cheri Pierson with Will Bankston


English for Bible and Theology: Understanding and Communicating Theology Across Cultural and Linguistic Barriers Teaching Theology and Religion

Will Bankston, Cheri Pierson


Invitation to Interaction: Fostering Oral Communication among Adult English Language Learners English Teaching Professional

Mary Cerutti, Moriah Sharp, Lydia Guill, Cheri Pierson


Women Crossing Borders Arise

CBE International, 1-3

In Pursuit of Motivational Strategies that Enhance Independent Learning ITBE LINK

Michael Canning, Ryan Schultz, Cheri Pierson


Who Lives in Your Neighborhood? A Principled Approach for Church-based ESL Ministry ALife

Kora Taube, Cheri Pierson


Perspectives and Trends on Education in Romania: A Country in Transformation International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

Meghan Odsliv, Cheri Pierson