Dr. Ann C. Wintergerst

Professor Emerita
Ed.D., TESOL, Teachers College Columbia UniversityEd.M., Applied Linguistics, Teachers College Columbia UniversityM.A., TESOL, Teachers College Columbia UniversityB.A., German 'summa cum laude' St. John's University

Dr. Ann Wintergerst was Professor of English as a Second Language (ESL) at St. John’s University in Queens, New York where she taught for 39 years until retirement.

A native speaker of German, Dr. Wintergerst published extensively in the ESL field in areas of language and culture, learning styles, classroom interaction, academic program review/self-study, writing assessment, professional standards, and advocacy for part-time faculty, among others. She is the author of five books, one monograph, more than 70 refereed/professional articles, and delivered more than 100 presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences.

The ESL Program at St. John’s University was established under her leadership, and she served as its first director for 10.5 years before returning to her faculty position. Actively involved in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Wintergerst served as President of New York State TESOL, Chairperson of the New York State Council on Languages, and Chairperson of International TESOL’s Higher Education Interest Section, among others.

Her expertise was sought as a manuscript reviewer for refereed journals such as System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, conference abstracts, and ESL textbooks, and as an evaluator for ESL Programs, German Language Programs, Educational Testing Service’s Test of Written English, and the United Nations’ English Language Training Center. Dr. Wintergerst served as an invited member of the Institute of International Education’s Screening Committee to evaluate American graduate student applicants applying for English Language Teaching Assistantships in Germany through the U.S. Department of State’s Student Fulbright Program. For 28 years she served as editor of the “Promising Practices” column of Idiom, the quarterly professional publication of New York State TESOL and serves on the New York State TESOL Journal Advisory Board.

Dr. Wintergerst is listed in several professional directories and in more than 30 Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. She was the recipient of New York State TESOL’s Lifetime Achievement Award, its James A. Lydon Distinguished Service Award, the National Association for Bilingual Education’s Council for World Languages and Cultures Institute Recognition Award, and New York State TESOL’s Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award. She was a multiple recipient of the St. John’s University Merit Award/Faculty Recognition Award for research productivity and the recipient of its Outstanding Faculty Achievement Medal.  She was elected to the University Senate for 17 consecutive years and served as a member of its Educational Programs and Development Committee and the Budget Committee. She was the recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from the Marquis Who's Who Publications Board.


DeCapua, A., and Wintergerst, A.C.. 2016. Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press. (348 pages)

Wintergerst, A. C. and McVeigh, J. 2011. Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, Inc., 244 pp. [2013 Chinese Edition, Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press].

DeCapua, A., and Wintergerst, A.C.. 2004. Crossing Cultures in the Language Classroom. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 308 pp.

Wintergerst, A., Ed. 1995. Focus on Self-Study: Evaluating Postsecondary ESOL Programs. Alexandria, VA: TESOL, 117 pp.

Wintergerst, A. 1994. Second-Language Classroom Interaction. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 159 pp.

Selected Articles:

Wintergerst, A. 2021. Stimulating Writing Topics for ELLs, Mosaic 51 (2), 3-6. Online

Wintergerst, A. 2019. Non-Verbal Communication in the ELL Classroom. Idiom 49 (1) Online.

Wintergerst, A. 2014.  Review of Hua, Zhu’s Exploring Intercultural Communication: Language in ActionJournal of Asian Pacific Communication 24:1 (2014), 135-138.

DeCapua, A., & Wintergerst, A.C. 2009. Second Generation Language Maintenance and Identity: A Case Study, Bilingual Research Journal 32 (1), 5-24.

DeCapua, A., and Wintergerst, A.C. 2005. Assessing and Validating a Learning Styles Instrument. System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 33, 1-16.  

Wintergerst, A.C., DeCapua, A., and Verna, M.A. 2003. Conceptualizing Learning Style Modalities for ESL/EFL Students. System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics 31(1), 85-106.  

Wintergerst, A. C., DeCapua, A., and Verna, M.A. 2002. An Analysis of One Learning Styles Instrument for Language Students. TESL Canada Journal/Revue TESL du Canada 20 (1), 16-37.

Wintergerst, A. C., and DeCapua, A. 2001. Exploring the Learning Styles of Russian-Speaking ESL Students. The CATESOL Journal 13 (1), 23-46

Wintergerst, A., DeCapua, A., and Itzen, R. 2001. The Construct Validity of One Learning Styles Instrument. System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics 29, 385-403.      

Wintergerst, A., and Fox, L. 1997. Employment Conditions in Higher Education ESL Programs. College ESL, 7 (2), 47-52.   

Wintergerst, A., and Kreidler, C. 1995. The TESOL Self-Study Program. In A. Wintergerst, Ed. Focus on Self-Study: Evaluating Postsecondary ESOL Programs (p.7-19). Alexandria, VA: TESOL.             

Wintergerst, A. 1994. Adapting 'TWE' Scoring Guidelines to ESL Writing Assessment. In J. Macero and V. Chesser, Eds. Student-Centered Perspectives and Practices (p.63-74). New York: NYS TESOL.        

Wintergerst, A. 1993. Why-Questions in Classroom Discourse. College ESL, 3 (1), 70-79. 

Wintergerst, A. 1991. Classroom Interaction: Solicits and Responses. In J. Gantzer and E. Brooks, Eds. Issues and Innovations in ESL Teaching and Learning (p.45-58). New York: NYS TESOL.             

Wintergerst, A., and Quintanilla, R.  Eds. 1990. State Council on Languages Monograph. Language Association Bulletin, 43 (2), 28 pp.