Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Beatrix Burghardt

Lecturer of Second Language Studies
(812) 855-4974
Ballantine Hall 725

Research Interests

  •  Second language pedagogy
  • Language teacher education
  • Second language acquisition 
  • Second language material and curriculum design
  • Online teaching and course design


  •  Ph.D. 2015 Major: TESOL and Applied Linguistics          Minor: Psychology
    Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
    Dissertation title: Boundedness, particles and motion events in L2 acquisition
  • M.A. 2007 TESOL and Applied Linguistics
    Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana
  • M.A. 1994 English Language Arts and Literature
  • M.S. 1994 Physics
    Specialization in language pedagogy and methodology
    Attila József University, Szeged, Hungary
    Thesis: An alternative method for teaching physics in Hungarian-English bilingual high schools of Hungary  

Personal Statement

Beatrix Burghardt is Lecturer and Coordinator of the English Language Improvement Program for matriculated students. She earned her master’s degree in Physics and English language and literature in her native Hungary and has a PhD in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University. Beatrix has taught ESL/EFL and Physics in Hungary and in the US for more than 20 years. She regularly provides training workshops for language instructors and language learners, and she actively presents at professional conferences. She is also a Quality Matters certified Peer Reviewer. In 2021, Beatrix Burghardt received IU Bloomington’s Trustees Teaching Award.

Grants and Awards

  • Trustees Teaching Award in the At-Large Non-Tenure Track Faculty Category, IUB, 2021
  • Summer Instructional Development Fellowship for online course development and graduate instructor training for online language teaching, IUB, 2020
  • Reaching All of Our Students: Making Teaching More Inclusive. Faculty Learning Community, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, IUB, 2019-2020

Selected Publications

  • Burghardt, B. (2020a). Holding up a mirror to international ESL student-teachers. In F. D. Floris & W. A. Renandya (Eds.), Inspirational stories from English language classrooms, pp. 53-56. Malang, Indonesia: TEFLIN Publication Division in collaboration with Bintang Sejahtera Press
  • Bardovi-Harlig, K. & Burghardt, B. (2020b). Preventing attrition and promoting retention. Language Teaching Research Quarterly, 17, 66-81.
  • Burghardt, B. (2019). How to design a study? Pushing the visual envelope. Selected proceedings of the 2017 Second Language Research Forum, pp. 15-32. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Available:

Selected Presentations

  •  Burghardt, B. (2021, April). Walking the walk: Triggering L2 acquisition of motion events. Motion2021: Can motion events construal be taught or restructured? Evidence from bilinguals and L2 learners. University of Reading, [Online]
  • Burghardt, B. (2021, March). Conquering the Motivational Bottleneck during COVID-19. TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo [Online]
  • Burghardt, B. (2021, March). Customizing 'Transitions': Fine-tuning data elicitation for studying boundedness in L2 motion expressions" AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) [Online]
  • Burghardt, B. (2019, November). Laughing their way to the ideal L2 self. INTESOL 2019, Indianapolis, IN
  • Burghardt, B. (2019, March). Pre-service ESL teachers’ knowledge of language and language acquisition: a qualitative analysis of service learning journals. AAAL. Atlanta, GA
  • Burghardt, B. & Wray, C. C. (2019, March). Scaffolding information literacy skills by flipping in the EAP. Pre-Convention Institute Workshop, TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo, Atlanta, GA

Courses Taught at IU

Undergradaute Courses
  • SLST-S308 English grammar and SLA
  • SLST-T435 TESOL Practicum
  • SLST-X101 Laughter in conversation
  • SLST-T102 Academic listening for multilingual students
  • SLST-T103 Pronunciation improvement for multilingual students
Graduate Courses
  • SLST-T535 TESOL Practicum
  • SLST-T501 Academic English for international graduate students: Writing
  • SLST-T501 Academic English for international graduate students: Speaking
  • SLST-T502 Communication skills for international A.I.s
  • SLST-T514 English phonology for language learning and teaching

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, and cultural and social dimensions. The Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to scholarship on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language (in both instructed and contact contexts). We currently offer (1) two MA programs and a PhD program designed to train the next generation of foreign and second language professionals as both researchers and teachers; (2) an undergraduate minor designed to provide a firm foundation in second language acquisition; and (3) an English Language Instructional Program designed to assist matriculated undergraduate and graduate students and an Intensive English Program designed to prepare international students for study at English-speaking universities.