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 Spring 2021 Faculty

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท French Level I and II
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish Level I and II
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 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."         

๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German Level I and Level II
Coordinator of the Language Reading Program
Smithsonian Expert Lecturer

Diana Toman, 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, Biometrics (NYU Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital) as well as all levels of German. “Grammatical systems reveal the different ways of how different languages construct meaning. Learning another language, can bring about a profound understanding of one’s view of the universe.”  

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 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 Franรงaise and is now teaching Elementary French at Hunter college. “Every language is a world. Without translation, we would inhabit parishes bordering on silence.”

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 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.”  

Updated January 5, 2021