Heather D. Weger, Ph.D.
Professor of Legal English

Heather Weger is a linguist who joined Georgetown University in 2006 as a writing specialist and the Two-Year LL.M. Program at Georgetown Law in 2018. Professor Weger’s classroom experience spans three countries, including the U.S. (where she taught English for Academic Purposes at Georgetown University and Second Language Acquisition courses at American University), Germany (where she taught business and conversational English classes), and Colombia (where she conducted multiple assessment-training seminars and workshops at the Universidad del Norte).

In addition to her work in the classroom, she maintains a robust service and research platform in the wider TESOL profession. She has presented on numerous topics at international, national, and regional TESOL and linguistics conferences, has served both as Vice President of the Washington Area affiliate of TESOL and co-editor for TESOL’s AL Forum newsletter, and is a qualified site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). The author of multiple articles, Professor Weger’s research focuses on effective teaching strategies through an asset-based lens that reflects the social and co-constructed nature of language learning and language teaching. Her dissertation focused on the relationship of classroom-constructed motivation and classroom activities.

Professor Weger received her B.A. in literary criticism from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, an M.A. in adult and higher education from the University of Oklahoma, an M.A.T. in TESOL and bilingual education from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Georgetown University.