Dr. Vicki Anderson has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the TESOL and ESL endorsement programs at Concordia University, Nebraska, since 2012, as well as general education courses. Her favorite courses to teach are those on linguistics, second language acquisition, and language and culture. Teacher training is her passion.
Dr. Anderson annually leads teams of Concordia students to Shenzhen, China, to teach ESL in summer camps at a school run by The Lutheran Church—Hong Kong Synod and works with LCMS and MCN sites to teach online ESL classes and summer camp. (When possible, she has her students get involved with creating the curriculum for these formats….a great learning experience for these teachers in training!). She also sponsors the American Sign Language Club and leads and supervises student fieldwork experience trips to Mill Neck School for the Deaf in Long Island, New York. Dr. Anderson serves on the MidAmerica Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages board and conducts education and ESL professional development sessions for churches and schools in the US, China, and Hong Kong. Dr. Anderson is consistently amazed at the way that God orchestrates opportunities for His people to advance the Kingdom, even when it wasn’t “according to human plan.”
Before serving at Concordia, Dr. Anderson earned a B.A. in World Mission and Bible from Summit Christian College, an M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University. She has worked in a variety of ESL positions since 1991, including as an ESL teacher for a church in Santiago, Chile, as a “guest lecturer” ESL teacher in the English Department at the University of Nancy in the northwest part of France, and as a teacher of grammar, writing, reading, listening/speaking, and academic skills in adult Intensive English Programs at Ball State University and Indiana University.
Dr. Anderson is fascinated by gourmet cuisine and is a particularly good home baker of various French and European pastries such as croissants, brioches, madeleines, babkas, cream puffs and pannetones. Dr. Anderson is married to husband Jon, a computer programmer, and the couple have two adult sons, Jonathon and Sebastian.