Amanda Snell

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2015-2016
PhD Student, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching GIDP
Portrait of Amanda Snell
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Amanda Snell is a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program. She earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and English from Purdue University and an M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She enjoys volunteering and has developed English and family literacy classes for adult immigrants and refugees in central Indiana, where she grew up. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English to German secondary school students and German to adult refugee women. This year, the Graduate Center is helping facilitate her community engagement project at Robison Elementary, a TUSD International Baccalaureate World School, where she leads a weekly girls’ mentoring club and teaches English to parents in the evening. Amanda’s research interests include family literacy, adult immigrants’ access to quality language instruction, discourse about immigration, and the connections between mental health and language acquisition. In her free time, she enjoys running, writing letters, and traveling.