Teachers Act Up!

Thoughts on Teaching, Language, and Social Change from Melisa "Misha" Cahnmann-Taylor


Melisa “Misha” Cahnmann-Taylor, PhD, is Professor of TESOL & World Language Education in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.

Find her links her articles, books and poetry about teaching and learning second languages and living in multicultural & multilingual community on this website as well as the following academic sites:

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5667-8695

RESEARCH GATE: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Melisa_Cahnmann

Many videos of drama-based second language instruction can be viewed on her Youtube playlists including:


In the beginning…

Since the beginning of her career as a third and fourth grade bilingual elementary educator in South Central, Los Angeles, Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor’s professional and personal pursuits have been to understand the complexities of U.S. bilingual, TESOL, and world language education and the intersections between language, culture, identity, class, and power. Her scholarship, what she refers to as “scholARTistry,” lies along a continua between languages, cultures, and disciplinary boundaries. She seeks a complex, creative, and humanistic approach to teacher training and research in teacher education; one which honors lived experience and cultivates the potential for cross-cultural dialogue and deep listening in the classroom, workroom, staff development center, and university.

Her honors and awards include the 2018 U.S. Embassy Keynote Speaking Invitation to the English Teachers Association of Israel; the 2017 Richard Ruiz Resplandor Residency in Guanajuato Mexico; and the 2013-2014 Fulbright TESL Award in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Prior to working with bilingual youth and their families in Georgia, she was a researcher and teacher among Latino communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, and Mexico City. 2020 she authors her fifth book on Enlivening the Second Language Classroom Through Drama & Improv Theatre. She trains pre-service TESOL, Foreign Language, and K-12 English Language Arts Teachers and offers courses on Spanish Children’s Literature, Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Theatre for Reflective Language Teachers, Poetry for Creative Educators, and Translingual Memoir.

The participants featured in the video demonstrations of each theatre game (Inspired by Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed work) are students who have taken Dr. Cahnmann-Taylor’s courses and workshops.

*NOTE: All views on this website represent the personal views of Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor and are not posted as representative of the University of Georgia

To read Dr. Cahnmann-Taylor’s research publications, LINK HERE to Research GATE.



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