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 Spring 2021 Faculty

🇫🇷 French Level I and II
🇪🇸 Spanish Level I and II
🇮🇹 Italian Level I and Level II

Robert Diamond is a Ph.D. student in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Robert, who has an M.A. in Art History and a B.A. in French, has acquired various levels of proficiency in several foreign languages. He has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, where he received his TEFL certification. Back in the U.S., he taught ESL for five years as an adjunct at Capital Community College in Hartford, as well as other adult education programs. He teaches Art History throughout the CUNY system and, "is a most valued faculty member of the Language Reading Program."    

🇫🇷 French Level I

Shweta Deshpande is a Ph.D. student in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Shweta, who has an M.Phil. in Translation studies and a B.A. in French, is proficient in Spanish and in several Indian languages as well. Before entering the PhD program, she worked as a translator for many years, with a particular focus on translating technical and non-technical content from French into English and vice versa. She has taught French at the Alliance Française and is now teaching Elementary French at Hunter college. “Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence.”

🇪🇸 Spanish Level I

Isabel Domínguez is a Spanish and Latin American Literature and Spanish for Professionals professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Isabel is proficient in English, French, and Galician. She has taught both Elementary and Advanced Spanish courses at the College of Staten Island and Hunter College where she was also a fellow at the Writing Across Curriculum Department. At present, she is developing a Spanish for Academic Relations program with the Research Foundation, CUNY at John Jay College. “Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.” (Calvin & Hobbes)

🇫🇷 French Level II

Sophia Gadraoui is a native French speaker who has obtained a B.A in Political Science, International Relations and Jewish Studies (CUNY, The City Collage of New York), in addition to a M.A in Intelligence Analysis
(American Military University). She is fluent also in Arabic (Classical and Darija), Hebrew and proficient in Russian. Sophia has accomplished the rare feat of combining the academic and the business world. As an entrepreneur, she works in the competitive field of start-up companies, evaluating the market value of ideas, coordinating the fund raising and commercializing technological inventions and services. “Nothing but gain can come from the intersection of both worlds.”  

🇪🇸 Spanish Level II

Gustavo Jiménez is a PhD candidate in Latin American literature and an adjunct faculty member in Spanish at Fordham University. He has taught peninsular and Latin American literature, Spanish and Latin American film at Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island and City College of New York, as well as several courses at the Instituto Cervantes in New York. He is a native speaker of Basque and Spanish, and writes fiction in both languages. He is the author of a novel for young adults in Basque, which was a finalist in the 2015 Basque Literary Awards.

🇩🇪 German Level I and Level II
Coordinator of the Language Reading Program

Diana Toman is a native German speaker whose studies and training have been in the sciences (Theoretical Physics, Princeton) as well as the humanities (Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Psychology (Fordham and Columbia Universities). She has taught Comparative Literature and Biometrics (NYU Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital), as well as all levels of German.  She has provided expert lectures for Smithsonian Journeys tours of Central Europe. “Learning another language, can bring about a profound understanding of one’s view of the universe and pave the way to compassion, tolerance and becoming more humane.”  

Updated February 2, 2021