Erica Matsuno, M.S.Ed.
Adjunct, Department of Modern Languages; Instructor, English Language Institute
Degrees: M.S.Ed. ESL (Duquesne University); B.A. Spanish (Washington & Jefferson College)
Erica Matsuno is an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor in the English Language Institute at Washington & Jefferson College, as well as an adjunct Spanish instructor in the W&J Department of Modern Languages. Matsuno studied as an undergraduate at Washington & Jefferson College and received a B.A. in Spanish. She then went on to study at Duquesne University, where she earned an M.S.Ed. in ESL.
Her professional interests include phonetics, sociolinguistics, SLA (second language acquisition) and cultural studies. She also develops language-learning software in English and Spanish with a company based in Michigan. Her teaching philosophy revolves around creating a relaxing atmosphere where students lose their language learning inhibitions and feel comfortable learning and practicing their second language. In her free time she enjoys traveling, speaking Spanish, learning Japanese, Italian, and other languages.