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Dr. Christine Elliott

Associate Professor


Writing Center


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, University of Hawaii-Manoa
  • BA, University of Virginia


Dr. Christine Elliott comes to Principia College with teaching experience both in the US and abroad. Elliott taught English for academic purposes for several years in Laos and Vietnam and has also worked in English as a Second Language programs at the University of Maine, University of Wisconsin, and most recently the University of Delaware English Language Institute’s Academic Transitions Program. Working at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Elliott continues to help students develop their academic reading and writing and also assists with the many varied programs offered by the Center in support of students and faculty.

I became interested in teaching through my own experiences as a language learner. Experiences in college as a volunteer tutor led to an interest in studying English as a Second Language and opportunities to teach English to multilingual learners in a variety of settings in the US and abroad.


  • Second language acquisition
  • English as an academic language
  • Literacy as a social practice 
  • Acquisition of second language writing systems


Elliott served as an English Teaching Fellow at the National University of Laos (then Dong Dok Teacher Training College) in the early 1990s as Laos was slowly reopening to the West. Many years later she returned to the same institution to conduct her doctoral research focusing on the literacy practices of Lao university students


  • Boren Fellowship, 2010
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2007-2008


  • Foreign Language Education in Laos – Past and Present, The Sixth International Conference in Lao Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, June 13-15, 2019
  • Special Issue 1, Journal of Lao Studies, March 2015, Edited Volume (co-editor with Ian Baird)
  • Context, Capital and Lao Students’ Multilingual Literacy Practices. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Dallas, TX, March 16-19, 2013.
  • Second language writing system word recognition (with a focus on Lao). Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Vol. 11, April 2012.

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