MA (Northern Illinois University)
Filipino Language Lecturer (SA) and SEASSI Filipino Coordinator
Sheila Zamar joined UW-Madison in the fall of 2011 to teach Filipino. She has served as the Filipino Language Coordinator for the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) every summer since 2006. She brought with her an extensive background in language pedagogy, materials development, proficiency testing and Philippine linguistics research. She had previously taught Linguistics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman; Filipino Language, Structures and Translation at the University of Hawaii-Manoa; and Accelerated Filipino at the University of California-Riverside.
Sheila started her PhD studies in the fall of 2012 and is currently working on completing her dissertation which is focused on linguistic historiography and language endangerment issues in the Philippines. She is also working on an intermediate level Filipino textbook. A grammar reference for beginning and intermediate learners of Filipino that she wrote for NIU’s Southeast Asian languages’ resource site is available online. Her new book, Essential Grammar: Filipino, published by Routledge (2018), is now available for pre-order.