Ashley Yochim, Ph.D.

Ashley Yochim, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, English
Coordinator of Courses and Curriculum, English Language Study Center
111 Turnbull
Mailing Address:
ERIE PA 16563

Ashley earned a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon. Before joining Penn State Behrend, she taught Spanish at the high school level for three years and English composition and Spanish at the college level at Carnegie Mellon University for two years. Before her career as an educator, Ashley worked in public relations for a national television company and has twelve years of experience as a freelance writer for national and regional magazines and newspapers.

Courses Taught

  • ESL 015: ESL Composition
  • ESL 005: Writing Tutorial

Social contexts of language learning, how host communities position new American learners, the socialization experiences of English language learners in unequal power structures, discrimination of linguistic minorities in the U.S., linguistic landscape analysis

The Changing Landscape of Unofficial Signage in a U.S. Refugee Relocation City, Linguistic Landscape - September 2, 2020

Teaching L2 Spanish sociopragmatics through concepts: A classroom-based study, Modern Language Journal - March, 2016
Collaborators: Adam van Compernolle, Co-Author; Maria Gomez-Laich, Co-Author

Make 'Em Laugh: Comedian Chelsea White embraces her Tourette Syndrome as part of her act, Bust Magazine - July, 2015

Language online: Investigating digital texts and practices by D. Barton & C. Lee, Discourse & Society - March, 2015

English with an Accent: Language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States by R. Lippi-Green, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism - April 24, 2014

Wilderness quest: Providing teacher candidates with an environment for learning about young adolescents, Middle Ground: a National Middle School Association publication - February, 2011
Collaborators: Kathleen Benson; Gwen Price; Thomas Roden; Anneliese Ledebur

Ph D, Second Language Acquisition, Carnegie Mellon University

MED, Education in Middle and Secondary Instruction, Edinboro University

BA, Public Relations and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, Syracuse University