Marcie J. Pyper

Marcie Pyper


  • BA Calvin College
  • MA Michigan State University 
  • PhD Michigan State University

Research and scholarship

Areas of interest include world language teacher education, second language acquisition, methodology, and curriculum development; language learning in study abroad programs; and integration of moral and spiritual values in second language learning.

Recent conference presentations include the following:

  • “Student identity, language acquisition and study abroad” (with C. Slagter). Michigan Academy (MASAL) Annual Conference. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. March 10, 2017.
  • “Linguistic Loneliness: Christian community vs language immersion?” (with C. Slagter). Christian Association of World Languages. Houghton College, Houghton, New York. 15 April 2016.
  • “Living the Dream: Designing an Elementary Field Experience to Match Pedagogical Goals,” Ninth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN. 16 May 2015.
  • “Shifting the Paradigm for Christian World Language Teaching: Learning from the Past, Working Together for the Future” (with C. Slagter). North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Biola University, La Mirada, CA, March 2015.
  • “Oral Proficiency: Moving Your Students from Novice to Intermediate to Advanced” (with C. Slagter). Christian Educator’s Association annual meeting.  Century Center, South Bend, IN.  25 October 2013.


  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2015). “Competing priorities: Student perceptions of helps and hindrances to language acquisition during study abroad.” Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad Volume XXVI, Fall 2015.
  • Pyper, Marcie J. & Cynthia Slagter. (2013). “Spiritual Engagement and Study Abroad: Student Perspectives.” In Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 14 (Spring 2013).

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