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Leslie Weidensee

IEP Instructor

Full-Time Faculty

Center for International Programs


Email: Leslie Weidensee
Phone: 937-229-3489
Website: Visit Site
Rike Center 105


Leslie has taught in the Intensive English Program since August 2013, and is primarily responsible for courses in communication and writing. She also serves on a subcommittee for CEA accreditation. Leslie's love for exploring different cultures and languages sparked her interest in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Before coming to Dayton, she worked in EFL programs overseas in West African, Japan and most recently in Turkey. While in Japan, she received a secondary degree in karate and taught karate to children in a dojo in Inuyama, Japan for several years. Leslie's other interests include mountain-hiking, surfing and snorkeling, writing novel length stories, reading novels (mostly fiction), and shooting and editing entertaining videos. She likes cats. If ever she caves into the idea of acquiring a smart phone, it will be for the GPS. 


B.S., Biology/French, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, (1980)

M.A., Applied English Linguistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1990)

Professional Activities

TESOL member since 1989

JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teachers) member

Research Interests

Issues of motivation as the means to success in foreign language learning


Weidensee, L. (2007). Co-operative communities: Kids at play together.
In K. Bradford-Watts (Ed.), JALT 2006 Conference Proceedings. Tokyo: JALT.

Speak up! Books 1, 2 & 3, Inuyama Board of Education, 2005 – 2013.