Senta Goertler
(517) 355-5079

B266 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies

German; Second Language Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, Tucson; 2006

Senta Goertler is an Associate Professor of German and Second Language Studies, the Director of the German Basic Language Program, and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. Her research focuses on technology-mediated language learning (e.g. computer-mediated communication, online education, etc.) and co-curricular language learning (e.g. education abroad, service learning, etc.). Many of her research questions developed out of her experience as a language teacher in a variety of contexts and delivery formats (online, hybrid, face-to-face) and her experience as program administrator. In addition to language courses Prof. Goertler teaches courses on second language acquisition and language pedagogy.

University News

A Conversation with the MSU German Program
Published October 19, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters On October 14, 2020, MSU College of Arts & Letters alumni heard from Senta Goertler, Associate Professor of German and Second Language Studies,…Read now »
Students Spend Year Abroad Studying, Interning, Exploring
Published October 19, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
For more than 50 years, students from Michigan State University have had the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, where they are fully…Read now »
German Alumna Works with Big Cats in Africa
Published April 10, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
a girl with long brown hair holding a lion paw next to her face
MSU alumna Kelsey Prediger works with cheetahs in Namibia, Africa, as the Conservation and Tour Manager of the Solitaire Activity Centre for the Solitaire Land Trust. Prediger graduated from…Read now »