Associate Professor, INTO CSU Academic Director. B.A., English, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile; M.A., English, Illinois State University; Ph.D., English Studies, Illinois State University.
Professor Ehlers-Zavala is faculty in the M.A. in English with focus on teaching English as a foreign and second language (TEFL / TESL). Her research includes the following areas of expertise: second language/bilingual reading, second language assessment, and ESL/bilingual teacher preparation. She is the coauthor of Reading Strategies for Spanish Speakers. Other publications in books and journals include Advocacy in Language Teaching (2013), History of Bilingual Special Education (2011), Bilingualism and Education: Educating At-Risk Learners (2010), How Can Teachers Help Adolescent English Language Learners Attain Academic Literacy? (2009), Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners (2008), Assessing English Language Learners (ELLs) in Mainstream Classrooms in The Reading Teacher (2006 & reprinted in 2010); Bilingual Reading from a Dual Coding Perspective (2005) in Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism; Preparing Quality Bilingual/Bicultural Teachers in the 21st Century: A PDS Model for Educational Change and Success (2004), Use of Lexical Borrowings in Sonoran Border Spanish (2003). She serves on the editorial board of The International Multilingual Research Journal (IMRJ) and TESOL Journal.