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Spanish-English Legal Interpreting (non-credit) course at LaGuardia Community College in Fall 2024

The “Spanish-English Legal Interpreting” course at LaGuardia Community College is designed for individuals aspiring to become court interpreters. It covers interpreting techniques, legal terminology, and provides an overview of the U.S. legal system, specifically in preparation for the Court Interpreter Exam for the New York State Unified Court System. To enroll, candidates must pass a screening exam and demonstrate proficiency in both English and Spanish. The course is scheduled from August 17, 2024, to October 19, 2024, and will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The cost of enrollment is $1,125, with a payment plan option available. For more information or to register for the required screening, contact (718) 482-5481 or email aceprofessional@lagcc.cuny.edu. More details can be found on the course website.

Summer On-Campus Job Opportunity for Summer 2024 ($20/hour plus $10 lunch voucher)

The Reading Program (https://www.laguardia.edu/communication-skills-and-reading-lab/) is seeking student tutors for its summer course, CSE120: Reading the Biography. There are two sections of the course, and the ideal candidates are academically ambitious students with strong reading and writing skills. The class runs from July 1 to August 1, 2024, from 9 am to 1 pm, four days a week. Tutors will be paid at least $20 per hour plus a daily $10 LaGuardia food voucher. Interested students should contact Prof. Jose Fabara, the Director of the Reading Program, at fabarajo@lagcc.cuny.edu.

Language Career Fair with CCPD (5/7/2024)

The Language Career Fair will feature guests who will share information about their career paths. They will discuss their fields, personal journeys, and how they relate to languages other than English.

– Learn how the knowledge of a second language increases your marketability
– Meet presenters from a variety of fields

This event is a collaboration between the Department of Education & Language Acquisition and the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD).


Examining Gender and Migration through North African / Maghribi Film (6/6/2024)

Examining Gender and Migration through North African / Maghribi Film will take place on June 6, 2024, at LaGuardia Community College. The workshop aims to provide community college faculty with insights into North African culture and history through Amazigh film, emphasizing themes like indigeneity, women’s knowledge, migration, and cinematic expression. Participants will engage in discussions, group work, and brainstorming sessions to integrate these themes with their curricular goals. The workshop includes preparatory materials, a thematic bibliography, and a teaching module draft, with follow-up online support. Participants will receive a $150 stipend for their participation. Sign up at https://forms.gle/sMckyuCKvU67jkSk6.

  • Title: Examining Gender and Migration through North African / Maghribi Film
  • Date: Thursday June 6, 2024
  • Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Place: LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101)
  • URL: https://forms.gle/sMckyuCKvU67jkSk6

Language Career Fair with CCPD (5/7/2024)

Join us at the annual Language Career Fair on Tuesday, May 7th from 2:00pm – 4:30pm at E-111. The fair is designed to provide students with industry information on how the knowledge of a second language increases their marketability. We are excited to have speakers and organizations from a variety of industries. Students are encouraged to RSVP on Career Connect under Workshops < Language Career Fair.

Career Connect: https://laguardia-csm.symplicity.com/calendar/index.php?

For questions about the fair or any other events, please contact the Center for Career & Professional Development at (718) 482-5235 or career@lagcc.cuny.edu or Habiba Boumlik at hboumlik@lagcc.cuny.edu.

PSC-CUNY Grants 2024-2025 awardees

The following two ELA faculty were awarded the PSC-CUNY Research Award 2024-2025. The PSC-CUNY Research Award program seeks to enhance the University’s role as a research institution, further the professional growth and development of its faculty, and provide support for established and junior scholars.

  • Kenneth Yin: Representation of Indigenous Nanai Culture in the Works of Russian Far Eastern Writer Grigorii Khodzher, 1929–2006
  • Tomonori Nagano: Knowledge of Japanese compound words by second/heritage learners of Japanese

Prof. Leigh Garrison-Fletcher’s new edited book: “Humanizing Collectivist Critical Pedagogy: Teaching Humanities in Community College and Beyond”

Prof. Leigh Garrison-Fletcher co-edited a new book titled “Humanizing Collectivist Critical Pedagogy: Teaching Humanities in Community College and Beyond.”

The book introduces concrete examples of teaching that creates learning spaces with students, values their mutual agency, and invites everyone to play a leading role in remaking higher education. The book is co-edited by Sujung Kim, Leigh Garrison-Fletcher & Kaysi Holman, and co-authored with (in alpha order): Rafael Costa, Davide Guiseppe Colasanto, Araminta Poole, Mike Rifino, Katina Rogers, Micheal Rumore, Oliver Sage, Stefanie Sertich, and Eduardo Vianna.

There will be a book talk event on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. See https://www.eventcreate.com/e/sneakpreview/?uid=0318e9ee-51de-44f6-b3e4-bf3588650330 for more information.

Liberal Arts Options Open House Spring 2024 (4/16/2024 @ E-Atrium)

LaGuardia Community College offers a diverse array of Liberal Arts Options catering to various academic interests. Come and speak with the program representatives and learn about the curriculum, transfer, and career paths for the Liberal Arts Options. Meet faculty and students in the LA Option. Pick up a handbook and play some interactive games!

Each program is directed by a dedicated faculty member, ensuring specialized attention and expertise. The options include Applied Math, spearheaded by Prof. Tao Chen, and Deaf Studies under Prof. John Collins, highlighting the program’s inclusivity. Newly introduced in 2022, Ethnic Studies led by Prof. Rochell Isaac, and Health Humanities in 2023, directed by Prof. Christine Marks, reflect the college’s commitment to expanding its curriculum. Other options such as History, International Studies, Japanese, Latin American Studies, and Political Science, are directed by proficient professionals like Prof. Chelsea Del Rio, Prof. Maria Savva, Prof. Tomonori Nagano, Prof. Ana Maria Hernandez, and Prof. Anja Vojvodic respectively, showcasing the broad spectrum of liberal arts education at LaGuardia Community College.

  • Title: Liberal Arts Options Open House Spring 2024
  • Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Place: E-Atrium
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Volunteer opportunities for bilingual speakers for the NYS Seal of Biliteracy

NYS DOE’s Multilingual Learners Division is looking for bilingual volunteers for their Seal of Biliteracy programs. They need native speakers of several languages to be volunteer (non-paid) advisors for individual students in NYC Public Schools.

Here are the languages that advisors are needed for: Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Russian, Tagalog, Tajik, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yoruba

See the flyer below for more information. And here is the link to become a NYSSB Advisor: https://tinyurl.com/NYC-Advisor.

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NYS Court Interpreter Internship Program (Spring 2024: Apr – May 2024)

The NYS Unified Court System offers an intensive 20-hour internship program to bilingual students in Spring 2024. Interested students must be proficient in the English language as well as a second language, and interested in pursuing or exploring a career as a court interpreter. During the internship, students will learn about court interpreter ethics, the three modes of interpreting, the structure of the courts, different case types and lessons from a day in the life of a court interpreter.