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Beata Gallaher

Beata Gallaher Beata Gallaher
Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian
Sturm Hall, Room 363
Phone: 303-871-2147
Email: [email protected]



  • Ph.D. in Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Bryn Mawr College, PA
  • MA in Germanic Linguistics and Polish Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • MA in Russian Language and Literature, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia


Beata Gallaher received her Ph.D. in Russian and Second Language Acquisition from Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, an MA in Germanic Linguistics and Polish Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and an MA in Russian Language and Literature from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia.

She has worked in Poland, Germany, Estonia, and the US. She has taught Polish, Russian, and German languages as well as culture, film, and pedagogy courses. She has taught Russian at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, PA, at the US Air Force Academy, CO, in Project GO in Estonia, and at the University of South Carolina. She has taught Polish at the University of Pennsylvania and in SLI at the University of Pittsburgh. Recently, she taught German to refugees in Berlin, Germany, and worked as a German teacher in Concordia Language Villages, MN.


Second Language Acquisition
Politeness and cross-cultural communication
Teaching culture through film
Foreign language teaching and pedagogy


Speech Act Set of Direct Complaints in American and Russian Cultures, Linguistics Journal of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, 2014.

Effect of Gender on Language Performance of American Speakers, Russian Native Speakers, and American L2 learners of Russian in a Complaint Situation, Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Walter de Gruyter, 2014.

Politeness and Sociocultural Values in American and Russian Cultures Emerging from the Speech Act of Complaint; Pragmatic Competence of L2 Learners of Russian, Russian Language Journal, 2014.