Petree, Rhonda

Rhonda Petree

Rhonda Petree

Director, ELT Program and Associate Lecturer

Start Year: 2011

Office: 231 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-4520



M.A., English as a Second Language, University of Minnesota

Secondary Teacher Certification Program, Concordia University

B.A., History and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught:

ESL 302: Advanced Writing
ESL 312: Advanced Reading II
ESL 202: Intermediate Reading II
ESL 212: Introduction to Research Writing

ENGL 21: Reading, Writing, and Grammar for Non-Native Speakers of English (Advanced and Intermediate)

Research Interests:

L2 Pragmatics, L2 Writing, L2 Reading

Professional Activities:

WITESOL Board Member-at-large

Frequent presenter at local, regional, and national conferences.


Petree, R. (2012). Pragmatics Instruction for Low-level Adult ELLs. In Vinogradov, P., & Bigelow, M. (Eds.) Proceedings from the 7th annual LESLLA (Low Educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition) symposium, September 2011. Minneapolis, MN. Available:

Petree, R. (2011). Teaching English Language Learners to Mitigate Requests: A Pilot Study. MinneTESOL/WITESOL Journal, Volume 28

Petree, R. (2008). Review of "Step Forward Introductory Level: Language for Everyday Life." MinneTESOL/WITESOL Journal, Volume 25.


Building an Excellent English Language Program, 2012

Pre-Convention Institute, International TESOL Convention, Philadelphia, PA

Leadership Development Certificate Program, 2013

Pre-Convention Institute, International TESOL Convention, Dallas, TX

Selected Awards and Grants:

2013 UWRF Professional Development Grant

2013 Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowship

2012 UWRF Compass Award for Outstanding Advising and Support for First Year Students

2012 UWRF Professional Development Grant

2012 WITESOL Travel Grant

2012 TESOL Professional Development Scholarship

Rhonda Petree has been teaching ESL/EFL to learners of all levels since 1999. She has studied a lot of Russian and German, and some Spanish and French. She has worked and lived in Australia, Switzerland, and Kazakhstan and has traveled throughout the South Pacific, Europe, and Central Asia. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and international conferences.

When not working, she likes to spend time outside with her family gardening, biking, playing frisbee, and cross-country skiing.