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  • Salem Aweiss

    Salem Aweiss

    Lecturer

    BioSalem Aweiss holds a Ph.D. (1993) in educational studies/second language acquisition from The Ohio State University. He is currently teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language at Stanford University’s Language Center. He taught at several universities in the US and overseas including Middlebury College, University of Florida, Monterey Institute, University of Maryland, and Birzeit University in Palestine. He has collaborated in research projects with colleagues from Haifa University, the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Geneva Foundation at Geneva University.

    Dr. Aweiss also served as an expert, consultant, observer, and external evaluator in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Austria, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, the Netherland, Switzerland, and the US.

    His research interests include second language acquisition, teacher training, evaluation and assessment, heritage and bilingual learners, curriculum design and development, education reform, among others.

    He is also a certified ACTFL/ILR OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) tester and is active in the testing community. Dr. Aweiss is the co-author of two books and the author of a number of articles in reading comprehension strategies, comprehensive education reform, interfaith dialogue, peace and tolerance education, research design in foreign language education, and other publications.

  • Khalil Barhoum

    Khalil Barhoum

    Senior Lecturer in the Language Center

    BioKhalil Barhoum is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. He holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan. He came to the U.S. on a Rotary International scholarship, which helped him earn a Masters' degree in English Literature from Georgia Southern in 1977; he received a second Masters and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1985. His teaching experience includes the US State Department's Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Georgetown University, and the Johns Hopkins' School of International Studies (SAIS). Upon obtaining his Ph.D from Georgetown University, he joined Stanford University where he taught Arabic in the Department of Linguistics. Currently, he is coordinator of Stanford's Program of African and Middle Eastern Languages in the Language Center. He is an ACTFL-certified OPI and WPT Tester/Rater in Arabic and has served on the board of the Association of Arabic Teachers in America (AATA). He is a former national president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates(AAUG) and has served twice as the president of its California Chapter. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, edited by Cheryl Rubenberg and published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2010. In addition to teaching Arabic courses at all various levels, Dr. Barhoum has designed and taught several language and culture courses, including Arabic Calligraphy; Media Arabic; Colloquial Arabic; Arab Women Writers and Issues; The West through Arab Eyes; The Arab World through Travel Literature; and The Arab World and Culture through Literature. Dr. Barhoum has lectured on Arabic and Arabic literature, Arabic calligraphy, and the Arab world at several college campuses, including Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UMASS Amherst, among others.

  • Touria Boumehdi

    Touria Boumehdi

    Lecturer

    BioDr. Touria Boumehdi Tomasi serves on the faculty of the Language Center at Stanford University. She teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish, including accelerated and intensive offerings. Also, in Spring 2016, she will teach a new course in the Department of Languages Cultures and Literatures (DLCL), “Aljamía language and literature through the study and analyze of aljamiado manuscripts.”
    With over 31 years of professional and academic experiences, Dr. Boumehdi has worked as Co-Director of the Spanish Department at the University of Rabat and Professor of Spanish and Arabic in Spain and France at the University of Toulouse le Mirail, the Toulouse School of Business, IAAE Oviedo and ECLAP Valladolid. She completed her Doctorate with a joint Ph.D. and highest honors in Spanish and Arabic at the University of Toulouse, a Master’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, and an In-Depth Studies Diploma (DEA) including five post-undergraduate years of study in Oriental Languages, Literature, and Civilizations from the University of Paris III in New Sorbonne. Dr. Boumehdi also holds an MBA in International Marketing and Commerce from E S C Toulouse School of Business and hold 6 years experiences as a Export Manager in 3 French technology firms.
    Included among her recent book and other publications are several articles and her doctoral dissertation published in Spain in 2012 on the topic of Aljamiado (15th and 16th century Spanish manuscripts written in Arabic) language and literature.
    Dr. Boumehdi has been teaching at Stanford since July 2012 where she is a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT Tester of Arabic.

  • Vivian Brates

    Vivian Brates

    Lecturer

    BioVivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus on Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as a Human Rights Observer and Election Monitor with the United Nations and the OAS in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala, as well as an advocate and lobbyist in Washington DC. She has worked at Stanford since 2005, and also has volunteered for the Prison University Project teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, and at the Dilley Pro Bono Project in Texas and Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico, helping asylum seekers articulate their fear of return claims. She has focused on developing meaningful partnerships with some of these organizations to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking communities to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their intercultural skills, and develop identities as engaged citizens.

  • Maria Comsa

    Maria Comsa

    Lecturer

    BioMaria Teodora received her PhD in French from Stanford University. Her research interests include second-language acquisition, 18th-century French theater, French cinema, and digital humanities.

  • Irene Corso

    Irene Corso

    Senior Lecturer in Health Research and Policy

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests involve doctor-patient relationship and communication strategies as they pertain to (1) the development and instruction of medical Spanish curriculum, (2) satisfaction in health care delivery with emphasis on cross cultural competency issues, and (3) the effectiveness of interpretive systems in health care settings.

  • Sik Dennig

    Sik Dennig

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsHeritage language learning, discourse analysis, technology in language teaching

  • Ameneh Shervin Emami

    Ameneh Shervin Emami

    Lecturer

    BioShervin Emami is Persian Language and Literature Lecturer in the Stanford Language Center. She is completing her dissertation, titled “Persian Contemporary Magical Realism through the Lens of Allegorical and Mystical Writings in Persian Classical Literature,” at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She received her M.A. in Middle Eastern History from California State University-Fullerton, and her M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Before arriving at Stanford, she taught at UCLA, University of California-Irvine, and University of California-Berkeley.

  • Saadet Ergul

    Saadet Ergul

    Lecturer

    BioSince 2010, Saadet Ebru Ergul has been teaching Turkish language and conversation courses at various levels for both graduates, undergraduate students at the Stanford University Language Center.

    She holds American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Full Certification and ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) Rater Certification in Turkish.

    She earned her B.A. from Bilkent University, her M.B.A. from Başkent University and her M.A. from Texas Tech University in Applied Linguistics with an additional focus on French Literature and Language.

    Ebru’s research interests include oral proficiency assessment, curriculum development, interculturality, Turkish Language framework and national standards, technology-enhanced language learning, teacher training and mentoring.

    She also trains at Stanford University Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Orientation, reads and evaluates conference proposals for the Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center Scientific Board (DEKAM), serves as the Turkish Language expert at the National Foreign Language Center - University of Maryland (DATES). Ebru, is a member of American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages Executive Board and leads Enrollment/Survey Statistics for AATT. She serves as a delegate representing AATT at Assembly Member at National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and at the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and is an active member of Foreign Languages Teachers of North California (FLANC).

    She received the ‘iPads for Learning Grant” from the Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning four times, which enabled her students to use customized iPads in her Turkish Language classes and experiment with real-time language learning. Ebru has also assisted many of her students in acquiring Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) from the US Department of State to study Turkish and Summer Fellowships from American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) to do intensive Advanced Turkish language study at Boğaziçi University.

    She also has served as a task force member on publishing the Turkish annotations and samples for speaking, writing, listening, and reading to accompany the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012.

    ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Turkish:
    http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/turkish

    In her spare time, she loves watching figure skating and soccer, gardening and traveling.

  • Momoe Saito Fu

    Momoe Saito Fu

    Lecturer

    BioMomoe Saito Fu is a lecturer of the Japanese Language Program at Stanford since 2004. She is a certified ACTFL OPI tester.

  • Kristopher Geda

    Kristopher Geda

    Lecturer

    BioI teach courses in academic writing, speaking, and listening to graduate students during the academic year. I also teach a practicum-style class in the linguistics department for undergraduate students who want to explore English language teaching in the future. My main areas of interest are writing, grammar, and extra-curricular communicative skills such as developing the cultural literacy to successfully write professional documents like cover letters, CVs, and resumes, as well as make and receive professional phone calls. I speak Spanish and French fairly well and a little bit of Mandarin.

  • Leylanie Go

    Leylanie Go

    Program Coordinator, Language Ctr

    Current Role at StanfordProgram Coordinator

  • Rima Greenhill

    Rima Greenhill

    Senior Lecturer in the Language Center

    BioRima Greenhill was born and raised in Vilnius, the multilingual capital of Lithuania. Rima has made learning and teaching of foreign languages her life-long passion. She has taught all levels of Russian at Stanford since 1991, and prior to that at the School of Slavonic and East European Languages, London University. She has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.

    Rima's research interests are trade and diplomatic relations between England and Russia under the Tudors and Stuarts. Currently she is completing a book on Russian elements in Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour's Lost, which elucidates many heretofore opaque references and relationships.

  • Amy Keohane

    Amy Keohane

    Administrative Associate, Language Ctr

    BioLanguage Center scheduling assistant and building manager. She is in charge of scheduling the more than 900 courses offered by the Language Center each year, ordering books, and organizing Language Center events. She is also the coordinator for the Chinese Summer Language Program and the building manager for Building 30.

  • Eugenia Khassina

    Eugenia Khassina

    Lecturer

    BioEugenia (Zhenya) Khassina is a Lecturer in Russian and Russian Language Program Coordinator. She received her BA in Linguistics and MA in Foreign Language Acquisition Methodology from Maurice Torrez Foreign Language Pedagogical University in Moscow, Russia
    Foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition has always been central to her professional interests. She has had extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language from beginning to advanced and has been teaching at Stanford since 2004.

  • Robyn Lockwood

    Robyn Lockwood

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsFlipped Learning, Blended Learning, Critical Thinking

  • Momoyo Lowdermilk

    Momoyo Lowdermilk

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsInteractive Teaching, Content-Based Instruction, & Learners Autonomy

  • Alice Miano

    Alice Miano

    Lecturer

    BioAli Miano studies literacy as an ideological practice, especially among societally marginalized groups. Her work focuses on respect and recognition for the literate practices and parental school efforts of Mexican immigrant mothers in the U.S. Related research interests include Spanish native language literacy in the U.S., adult literacy, bilingualism, biliteracy, and second language teaching and learning, especially in combination with community engaged learning.

    Dr. Miano and her second-year students of Spanish collaborate each quarter on a joint art project with a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Each winter, many of her third-year students embark upon a digital storytelling project with Stanford workers. Most recently, she has volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Project in Dilley, TX, as well as Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico assisting families at the U.S. border in seeking asylum.

  • Joan Molitoris

    Joan Molitoris

    Acad Research & Pgrm Officer, Language Ctr

    Current Role at StanfordAssociate Director, Stanford Language Center
    Lecturer in Spanish, Stanford Language Center

  • Dzuong Nguyen

    Dzuong Nguyen

    Lecturer

    BioProf. Dzuong Nguyen was a graduate from the Law School, University of Saigon, South Vietnam. While in college, Mr. Nguyen has served as an Admin. Assistant at the US Agency for International Development (US AID) in Saigon.
    During the wartime, he served as an Air Police Lieutenant in the South Vietnamese Air Force.
    After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he was left behind and ended up spending 5 years in the so-called “re-education” camps under the new Communist regime. Dzuong Nguyen managed to escape from the camp and fled by boat to Thailand in 1980. He was resettled in America in Aug. 1980.
    Two years after being resettled in America, Mr. Nguyen earned his Master’s degree in Education from the University of San Francisco and started his career by teaching English as a Second Language and Math at Galileo High School, San Francisco.
    Currently, Mr. Nguyen is teaching Vietnamese Grammar and Literature at Stanford University, De Anza College and College of Alameda.
    In addition to the role of a language instructor, Mr. Nguyen strongly advocates for Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom for Vietnam.
    For the last 30 years, Mr. Nguyen has been deeply involved and elected into many chairmanship functions within the Vietnamese community in the Bay Area.
    Dzuong Nguyen has received hundreds of recognition and awards from the government, media, and the community, including:
    “Profile of Excellence” award from ABC Channel 7 San Francisco,
    “The Most Effective Community Leader” from California Gov. Pete Wilson,
    “Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year” from (Federal) Small Business Administration (SBA)
    And many more…
    For the last ten years, Mr. Nguyen has always been evaluated and rated highest on the scale of performance. He has a great affection for his students and vice-versa, his students greatly respect Mr. Nguyen's talents and his behavior. Mr. Nguyen's students are benefited from his teaching, not only for language skills but also for a broader knowledge of cultural aspects and history.

  • Paul Nissler

    Paul Nissler

    Lecturer

    BioPaul grew up in a German-heritage family outside of Madison,Wisconsin. He attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate studies and did his doctoral work at the Pennsylvania State University. He has spent extensive time, studying, researching, working, and engaging professionally, across the span of the German-speaking world.

    In the Fall of 2005, Paul came to Stanford as a Lecturer, teaching both Spanish and German for numerous years. Since 2009 he has additionally served as the German Language Coordinator.

    Dr. Nissler completed ACTFL OPI training in both Spanish and German and has been certified as an oral and written proficiency tester in German since 2010.

    He is also active in the local Bay area German community. He has engaged with local German-schools and previously served as the AATG Testing Chair (currently committee member) and is the current President of the Northern California Chapter of the AATG.

    Paul publishes and presents at academic conferences, both nationally and internationally. He is very enthusiastic about teaching and language learning.

  • Khalid Obeid

    Khalid Obeid

    Lecturer

    BioKhalid Obeid holds an Ed.D degree in Organization and Leadership from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco and a MPA from Notre Dame de Namur University. He received his B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature from Bir Zeit University in Palestine. Dr. Obeid is an ACTFL Certified OPI and WPT Tester/Rater in Arabic. He enjoys literature and loves teaching the Arabic language. His favorite activity is watching, playing and coaching soccer.

  • Gallia Porat

    Gallia Porat

    Lecturer

    BioTwenty years of experience teaching Hebrew to all levels of students. Developed unique teaching techniques that enable students to grasp the fundamentals of Hebrew grammar, enabling them to develop strong comprehension skills and work creatively with the language. Have been teaching beginning and intermediate Hebrew grammar and Biblical Hebrew at the Stanford Language Center since 2004.

  • Eva Prionas

    Eva Prionas

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests* Innovative technologies and their uses in optimizing the teaching and learning of the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLS).

    * Teacher Education and the field of the LCTLs.

    * Modern Greek Language Education

  • Tracey Riesen

    Tracey Riesen

    Student Services Officer, Language Ctr

    BioTracey is the Student Services Officer for the Stanford Language Center. She is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate student-related activities in the Language Center; this includes language advising, certification of the Language Requirement, academic records for the 6000 students who take foreign language courses each year, language credit transfers, and administration of the Advanced Proficiency Notation. She is the primary contact person for students, as well as for language program coordinators within the Language Center. She also manages the English for Foreign Students (EFS) summer intensive English program for incoming international graduate students and visiting scholars. She greatly enjoys being of service to Stanford students and values working in such a diverse and dynamic community.

  • Constance Rylance

    Constance Rylance

    Lecturer

    BioLecturer and Coordinator, Graduate Summer Intensive English Program. (M.A., San Francisco State University)
    Connie teaches Academic Discussion, Oral Presentation, Advanced Listening, Advanced Academic Writing, Speaking and Teaching in English, and English for Business, Industry and Professional Communication as well as a methodology course for Stanford undergraduates planning to teach English in other countries. During the summer, she coordinates the Academic Orientation program, EFSLANG 688, for graduate students. She is co-editor of New Ways in Teaching Grammar (TESOL PRESS) and consults for the University Success (Pearson) oral commuication series. She has consulted for and taught writing and speaking skills in many corporate settings in the Bay Area and taught EFLfor three years in Spain. Her special interests include helping students develop interpersonal communication strategies, training international TAs and teaching TESL methodology. She is proficient in Spanish.

  • Ramzi Salti

    Ramzi Salti

    Lecturer

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsArabic Language, Literature, Music. Comparative Literature. Radio Broadcasting

  • Vered Shemtov

    Vered Shemtov

    Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Language and Literature

    BioVered Karti Shemtov is the Eva Chernov Lokey senior lecturer in the department of Comparative Literature and the Middle Eastern Program at Stanford University. She is the Coordinator of the Hebrew Language, Literature and Culture project. She served as the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Jewish Studies until 2011. Some of Shemtov's recent publications include: Changing Rhythms: Towards a Theory of Prosody in Cultural Context, Bar Ilan Press, Israel 2012, “Hebrew Poetry: 1781-2010” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition, July 2012, “Discontinuous Spaces in A. B Yehoshua’s Novel The Liberated Bride,” Intersecting Sights, Heksherim and BGU Press, 2010 and a co-edited volume (with Charlotte Fonrobert) on Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space, JSS 2005.

  • Sonia Taneja

    Sonia Taneja

    Lecturer

    BioSonia Taneja is a Lecturer in Hindi at Stanford University. She currently teaches first, second and third year Hindi courses. She has taught multilevel Hindi language classes to military and government personnel as an Assistant Professor of Hindi at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), US Dept of Defense in Monterey, CA. She has also taught Hindi as a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. She is certified as an OPI Tester and has worked on several city, state and federal Hindi projects.

  • Lyris Wiedemann

    Lyris Wiedemann

    Senior Lecturer in the Language Center

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research interests include sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, acquisition of cognate languages, development of cultural competence, and translation. I am one of the creators of the international symposium on Portuguese for Spanish Speakers: Acquisition and Teaching, which had its fifth edition in 2014, and an author and editor of several scholarly articles and books. My current focus is on the acquisition of Portuguese by speakers of Spanish and other Romance languages.

  • Michael Tom Winterbottom

    Michael Tom Winterbottom

    Lecturer

    BioI received my Ph.D. from Stanford in 2015 in Iberian and Latin American Studies and am currently a Lecturer in the Stanford Language Center.