The University of Iowa

Nicole DeSalle, M.F.A.

Varied Practice Reading Manager

Nicole DeSalle’s experience as an English as a second language instructor sparked her desire to contribute to educational research, particularly in determining the effectiveness of different teaching strategies. Nicole most recently worked as a content specialist for ACT, Inc., developing assessments for English Language Arts and coordinating the scoring of written assessments. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Texas State University. Since moving to Iowa City, she has been involved in community theater, which led to her current interest in playwriting. Her plays are produced locally and in festivals throughout the United States. She also loves to travel and tries to take a trip overseas each year.

Recent Blog Posts

Mother and daughter washing dishes

Learning English with your Children and Teens: Using a Chore Chart to Practice Overall Fluency

Planning out the week’s chores provides an excellent opportunity to practice English skills.
Father and son reading

Learning English With Your Children and Teens: Focus on Language Development During Shared Reading

Keep characteristics like rhyming and other language elements in mind when selecting and reading aloud a book together.
Family shopping at grocery store

Learning English With Your Children and Teens: Using Junk Mail to Practice English

Engage the family with activities that practice English vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and more.