Shureka Nyawalo

Shureka Nyawalo

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: French and Francophone Studies
Phone: 330-287-1935
Office Address: 206 Kauke


  • B.A., French, Truman State University, 2004
  • M.A., French, Penn State University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Pessac, France, 2017 

Courses Taught

  • French 101
  • French 201

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Completion of NIH training for Protecting Human Research Participants United States National Institutes of Health, Spring 2014
  • Adjunct Academy II: Teaching Composition Shawnee State University, Fall 2013
  • Adjunct Academy I (College Teaching) and II (Use of Blackboard) Shawnee State University, Spring 2013
  • Teaching with Technology Certification Penn State University, Fall 2011
  • Certificate in College Teaching Penn State University, Spring 2011
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers (CCFLT)

Conference Presentations

  • November 2017: Une analyse de la liaison après être et avoir : un cas d’étude à Bordeaux. Journées FLOraL-PFC 2017 Annual conference; Paris, France.
  • February 2017: Liaison and enchaînement realization in L2 and L3 French: Results from a reading task. CCFLT (Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers) Annual conference; Loveland, Colorado.
  • April 2016: Schwa realization in Bordeaux French: A sociolinguistic approach.  Southern Colorado CHASS conference, Colorado State University-Pueblo; Pueblo, Colorado.
  • January 2015: A case study of Minnesota French in attrition: what is retained and what is lost.  Annual Faculty Festival of Achievement, Shawnee State University; Portsmouth, Ohio.
  • July 2014: Class size, interpersonal relationships, and foreign language anxiety.  Summer Institute of Linguistics International (SIL) weekly colloquium series, University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Research Interests

Professor Nyawalo's interests include both L1 (native speaker) and L2 (non-native speaker) phonology as well as classroom language learning.  


Shureka Nyawalo (BA Truman State University, MA Penn State University) has taught courses in French at several institutions before coming to the College of Wooster.  After spending a year in Geneva, Switzerland, funded by a Fulbright grant, Professor Nyawalo began her graduate work in French at Penn State University, specializing in applied linguistics. She is currently completing her doctorate from Université Bordeaux Montaigne in linguistics with a specialty in phonology.  A native of Aurora, Illinois, Shureka Nyawalo began her studies in French in middle school and continued on through high school, through her undergraduate years and into a doctoral program. At Wooster, she will teach elementary- and intermediate-level courses in French, as well as upper-level courses in linguistics.  In her spare time, Professor Nyawalo enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.