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Iona Sarieva, Ph.D.

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    Iona Sarieva, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Iona Sarieva is an Associate Professor and the Bridge Program Director. She is responsible for developing program curriculum and serves as an academic advisor for all Bridge students during their studies in the Program. Prior to coming to Saint Leo, she taught English for Academic Purposes, ESOL teacher-training, and linguistics courses, as well as Russian as a Foreign Language in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. She is a Fulbright alumna who has taught and conducted research abroad and served as a host faculty to a visiting Fulbright scholar at Saint Leo. Dr. Sarieva's research agenda is focused on student-centered approaches to language teaching, teacher training, intercultural communication, and computer-assisted learning. She has published multiple articles and book chapters on these topics in the United States, Asia, and Europe.


    • Bachelor Degree in Russian Studies, Sofia University, Bulgaria
    • Master Degree in Russian Philology and TESL/English Philology Certificate, Sofia University, Bulgaria
    • Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition,University of South Florida

    Courses Taught

    • Bridge Program - English for Academic Purposes (ENG 115, ENG 112, ENG 117, SLU 105, SLU 110, SLU 112)

    • Russian Language, Levels I-IV (RUS 111, RUS 112, RUS RUS, 211, 212)

    • HUM 215HM: Breaking the Code (introduction to linguistics)