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Prof. Tomonori Nagano receives an NEH grant (2023-2025)

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $150,000 grant for “Oral History in Interdisciplinary Community College Pedagogy: Centering the Community in the Classroom.” Led by Thomas Cleary (Library; PI), Molly Rosner (LaGuardia and Wagner Archives), and Tomonori Nagano (Education & Language Acquisition), aims to empower faculty to bring oral history interviews into their own pedagogical practices through a series of year-long workshops. The faculty will engage in interviewing, deep listening, and analysis of oral history materials in their disciplines. Through this engagement, the faculty will explore how oral history practices can help re-center their teaching practices to the vantage points of individuals and communities of minority groups whose perspectives are often marginalized in published materials and media. The first of seven faculty seminar meeting will take place in September 2023.

See the project website (https://oralhistory.commons.gc.cuny.edu) for more information about the project.

LaGuardia’s Education Faculty Involved In Cutting Edge Technology Integration (CUNY CITE 2023)

Professors Caterina Almendral, Angela Cornelius, Monika Ekiert, Leigh Garrison-Fletcher, Michele de Goeas-Malone, Givanni Ildefonso, Bede McCormack and Maria Savva have joined a 14-million-dollar, four-year initiative that aims to support teacher educators in infusing computational thinking and computer literacy into their programs. Funded by Google, Gotham Gives, the New York City Department of Education and the Robin Hood Learning Technology Fund, the initiative includes adapting existing lessons and developing instructional units and courses for pre-service teachers, with a focus on equitable and culturally responsive computing education.

After completing intensive professional development centered around computational thinking, computer science and digital literacy through CUNY CITE each of the eight faculty members worked on projects to integrate computational thinking into coursework, in alignment with the New York State Computer Programming and Digital Literacy Standards.


On-campus job opportunity for Spring 2023 (Modern Language Lab; $15.61/hour)

The Modern Language Lab is looking for qualified individuals to work as part-time Modern Language Tutor (College Assistant) in the Modern Language Lab (B-206) in Spring 2023. The Modern Language Tutor should have working-level knowledge in a language other than English (such as Spanish). The pay rate is $15.61 per hour. This job is for an on-campus position (international students with an F-1 visa is eligible to apply).

The job responsibilities include:

  • Conduct in-person and/or online lab lessons for modern language classes, following instructions by the professor
  • Provide in-person and/or online individual and small-group tutoring on the target language
  • Submit weekly lab reports and tutoring reports
  • Submit the final lab report at the end of the semester

Applicants should have

  • fluency in English and a language other than English (especially in Arabic, ASL, French, or Japanese for Spring 2023).
  • familiarity with basic linguistic terms (such as parts of speech [noun, verb, adjective], subject vs. object etc.)
  • ability to explain basic grammar rules of the target language
  • maturity and an ability to follow detailed written instructions
  • familiarity with online conferencing programs (e.g., Zoom, Google Meet, MS Team etc.)

Each tutor works 4 – 12 hours per week, depending on the tutor’s and class schedule. The pay rate is $15.61 per hour and the salary range for this position is $15.61-$22.47.

Those interested should e-mail resume to Julio Rosario jrosario@lagcc.cuny.edu or stop by the Modern Language Lab in B-206.

On-campus job opportunity for Spring 2023 (Reading Lab; $15.61/hour)

The Reading Lab is looking for qualified individuals to work part-time as Reading Tutors in the Communication Skills Reading Lab (E-114) for the Spring I, 2023 semester. This job is for an on-campus position (international students with an F-1 visa is eligible to apply).

Applicants should have

  • Minimum of 20 credits completed
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
  • Grade of B+ or higher in ENG 102
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Blackboard a plus.
  • The pay is $15.61 per hour. The salary range for this position is $15.61-$22.47.

If you are interested, you can send your visit the Reading Lab website (https://www.laguardia.edu/ela/reading-lab/) and send an email to readinglab@lagcc.cuny.edu.

ELA Department Open House in Fall 2022 (11/15/2022)

The Education and Language Acquisition Department is hosting its annual open house event on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Please Share this information with your students.

  • Title: ELA Department Open House in Fall 2022
  • Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Place: E-Atrium
  • Description: To commemorate our college’s linguistic and cultural diversity, we ask students and staff to wear their cultural grab or proudly don their country’s flag. Come and discover what career opportunities are available to you in:
    • Language Studies: American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Spanish Translation, Tibetan, and Uzbek.
    • Education: Childhood and Early Childhood, Secondary, and Bilingual Education
    • TESOL/Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages a Linguistics
    • International Studies
    • Latin American Studies
  • Contact: For more information about this event, contact either​ Walter Sistrunk wsistrunk@lagcc.cuny.edu or Julio Rosario jraroario@lagcc.cuny.edu.


College Association will support New York Forum of Amazigh Film in 2022-2023

Prof. Habiba Boumlik has secured funding from the LaGuardia College Association for the “New York Forum of Amazigh Film (https://www.nyfaf.com),” an event that she has been hosting for many years.

NYFAF provides an out-of-classroom opportunity to learn about the indigenous peoples of North Africa through documentaries, feature films and structured discussions. These discussions examine a variety of contemporary issues such as cultural communities and national borders, religious heritage and stereotypes, language and multilingualism, and the transformation of gender roles. NYFAF has established itself as a vibrant and pedagogically effective Festival through assignments developed by our team and shared with faculty.

Congratulations to Prof. Habiba Boumlik.

Prof. Maria Savva received an award from the U.S. Department of State

Maria Savva 6 Prof. Maria Savva has won an award from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to attend the Council of American Overseas Research Centers – American Institute of Indian Studies (CAORC-AIIS; https://www.caorc.org) faculty development seminar from January 1-16, 2023 in India.

Prof. Savva was selected for this highly competitive program from many applications from community college and MSI faculty from all around the United States. The two-week seminar will include visits to the Indian cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Lucknow to understand the varying economic, cultural, social, and environmental pressures confronting emerging cities as more and more Indians migrate to urban areas in search of work and opportunity. Prof. Savva is the Program Director of our International Studies Option, and has collaborated with Professors Olga Aksakalova and Tuli Chatterji on COIL and Learning Community projects.

New publications by Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio has recently published a few translation works in Latin American Literature Today (issue no. 23, September 2022). The first is an interview I translated by Antonio Díaz Oliva with Rafael Gumucio about Chilean literature. It is available by following this link: https://latinamericanliteraturetoday.org/2022/09/rafael-gumucio-with-the-death-of-nicanor-parra-the-happy-phase-of-chilean-postmodernity-is-over-by-antonio-diaz-oliva/. His second publication in this issue is a translator’s note to his translation of the short story “Life is Still the Same” by Dominican writer José Alcántara Almánzar. Both of these are available on this webpage: https://latinamericanliteraturetoday.org/2022/09/seeking-publisher-from-life-is-still-the-same-by-jose-alcantara-almanzar/. As you can tell from the title of the section, I am very much seeking a publisher for my translation of the short story collection Elusive Memory by José Alcántara Almánzar. Congratulations to Prof. Valerio!


BIPOC literary translation reading event (Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio) on 9/25/2022

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio will be reading this translated work, “Memoria esquiva (Elusive memory)” by José Alcántara Almánzar, at a BIPOC literary/translation reading event on Sunday, September 25, 2022. See below for more information.

  • Title: An Evening of Literature in Translation
  • Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022
  • Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Place: Q.E.D. Astoria (27-16 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105)
  • URL: http://qedastoria.com/

Short video introduction to the Language Across Curriculum initiative

Prof. Leigh Garrison-Fletcher and Prof. Lucy Mcnair (English) have developed a short video to introduce their Language Across Curriculum initiative at LaGuardia Community College. For more information about the Language Across Curriculum initiative, contact Prof. Leigh Garrison-Fletcher at lgarrisonfletcher@lagcc.cuny.edu.

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