Monika Ekiert

Monika Ekiert

Dr. Monika Ekiert is Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. Her doctorate in Applied Linguistics is from Columbia University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Columbia University. At LaGuardia, she teaches all levels of academic writing for multilingual students as well as Introduction to Bilingualism (ELN 101), Introduction to Language (ELL 101), and First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts (LIF 101).

Dr. Ekiert's research interests lie at the interface of second language acquisition and second language instruction, including issues of form-meaning connections in second language learning, crosslinguistic influence in second language acquisition, and second language learnability and teachability.


  • Révész, A. Ekiert, M., & Torgersen, E. (2016). The effects of complexity, accuracy, and fluency on communicative adequacy in oral task performance. Applied Linguistics, 37(6), 828-848. (Oxford University Press) [link]
  • Ekiert, M. (2016). Article omission: How are referents tracked in L2 discourse? In Ortega, L., Tyler, A., Park, H-I., & Uno, M. (Eds.), The Usage-based Study of Language Learning and Multilingualism (pp.155-170). Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. [link]
  • Ekiert, M., & Han, Z-H. (2016). L1-fraught difficulty: The case of L2 acquisition of English articles by Slavic speakers. In Alonso, R. (Ed.), Cross-linguistic Influence in Second Language Acquisition (pp. 147-172). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters. [link]
  • Ekiert, M. (2010). Linguistic effects on thinking for writing: The case of articles in L2 English. In Z-H. Han & T. Cadierno (Eds.), Linguistic relativity in L2 acquisition: Evidence of L1 thinking for speaking (pp. 125-153). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters. [link]


  • Task Based Language Teaching (TBLT) Research Article Award 2017, International Association for Task-based Language Teaching,
  • Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) Abstract Award, SLRF, University of Maryland, 2010. Awarded by the SLRF organizing committee
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2006. Awarded by the Dean of the College
  • Applied Linguistics and Language Education (APPLE) Award for the outstanding M.A. Essay in TESOL, “The Bilingual Brain,” Teachers College, Columbia University, 2003. Awarded by the Programs in TESOL and Applied Linguistics