Jacqueline Nenchin

  • Professor of Education
  • Division: Education

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

I love teaching at Molloy because the focus is on nurturing students and facilitating their development as human beings and future professionals.

Academic Interests

My academic interests span a number of fields, including Systemic Functional Linguistics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, English grammar, literacy development and instruction, computer-assisted language learning (CALL), bilingualism/multilingualism, translation, and Russian and German languages and literatures. My doctoral dissertation, entitled Native and Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers of English and Their Academic Literacy, explored the literacy development of teacher learners through an analysis of their autobiographical writings.

What I am working on

I am currently working on a number of projects: the preparation of my translation from German of Gernot Seide's  History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia from Its Beginning to the Present for web publication, a number of articles on my doctoral research, and a paper to be presented at the annual conference of the Linguistics Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS). Also, I serve as the webmaster for the North American Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (NASFLA).

Educational Philosophy

Benjamin Disraeli remarked that "a university should be a place of light, liberty, and learning." I believe that light, liberty, and learning are the key elements of any classroom, whether it is in a university or in a school. It is incumbent upon teachers to find the best ways to illumine their students' path to successful learning, to give students the liberty to express themselves freely and learn without hindrance, and to make learning accessible to all students of all languages and backgrounds.

Educational Background

I received a BA in Russian and German from SUNY Oswego, an MA in Russian from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Education/TESOL from Molloy College, and a Ph.D in Linguistics from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Additional Information

My future plans for research include the application Systemic Functional Linguistics to the training of second language literacy teachers in our Master's in Education/TESOL Program and to the Russian language.

In addition to teaching in the Education Division, I also teach in the English Department, where I teach Modern Russian Literature (a course that I developed), Linguistics and Composition.

Favorits Books
My favorite book, and the most important book in my life, is the Bible (KJV) because I always find guidance and consolation in it. As an avid reader, I also enjoy reading novels and my top twenty-one novels (in alphabetical order) are A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, Die Verwandlung (The Metamorphosis) by Franz Kafka, Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, Faust by Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, L'Etranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus, Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Recent Articles
Nenchin, Jacqueline. (2013, Winter). "A Review of Google Apps Meets Common Core by Michael J. Graham."Idiom (NYS Teachers of English to Speakers of  Other  Languages Newsletter), 41(4), 12.

Nenchin, Jacqueline. (2013). "Book Review: A New Bestseller: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner." The Torch.

Nenchin, Jacqueline. " 'Minding Our Language'" or Resources for Dealing with the Elephant in the Room." North American Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Newsletter, 12 (2013):10-12.

Giouroukakis, V., Cohan, A., Nenchin, J., & Honigsfeld, A.  (2011). A second set of eyes and ears: Observation protocol boosts skills for teachers of ELL students. Journal of Staff Development, 33(3), 60-63.

Nenchin, Jacqueline. (2010).Nonnative English-speaking teachers and their academic literacy. Proceedings of the 37th Annual International Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Abstract and presentation retrieved from http://dlc5.lled.educ.ubc.ca/ISFC_presentations/index.html

Nenchin, Jacqueline. "New Insights into Language Teaching." Idiom (NYS Teachers of English as a Second Language Newsletter). Fall 2010.

Nenchin, Jacqueline. "Equal Goals, Unequal Treatment." Idiom (NYS Teachers of English as a Second Language Newsletter). Spring 2010.

Nenchin, Jacqueline. "Newcomer Folders." Idiom (NYS Teachers of English to Speakers of  Other  Languages Newsletter). December 2008: 1, 9.

Giouroukakis, V., Honigsfeld, A., Nenchin, J., & Peluso, L. (2008). Pre-service ESL Teachers' Instructional Discourse during One-on-One Tutoring." English Language Teacher Education and Development , 11(4),  9-14.

Book Translations
The Three Hierarchs
by Dimitri of Rostov, a translation from Russian by Jacqueline X. Endres-Nenchin and Isaac Lambertsen, 192 pp. Liberty, TN: SJOK Press, 1983

Seide, G. (2011/2012) The History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, a translation from German by Jacqueline X. Endres-Nenchin, 400 pp. New York: Historical Studies of the Russian Church Abroad. Retrieved from http://www.rocorstudies.org/articles/2012/02/15/gernot-seide-history-of-the-russian-orthodox-church-outside-russia-from-its-beginning-to-the-present-1983/