Prof. Tomonori Nagano publishes a book chapter on modern language enrollments at community colleges

Prof. Tomonori Nagano has published a book chapter on modern language enrollments at community colleges. His chapter is in the volume titled Language Program Vitality in the United States, which addresses the current enrollment challenges in modern languages and proposes different approaches to invigorating the modern language programs in the U.S.

Prof. Nagano’s chapter is available at

  • Nagano, T. (2023). World Language Enrollment at Community Colleges in the U.S. between 1960 and 2010. In E. H. Uebel, F. Kronenberg, & S. Sterling (Eds.), Language Program Vitality in the United States: From Surviving to Thriving in Higher Education. (pp. 44-55). New York, NY: Springer.

ELA Department Open House in Fall 2023 (11/15/2023)

The Education and Language Acquisition Department is hosting its annual open house event on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Please share this information with your students.

  • Title: ELA Department Open House in Fall 2023
  • Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Place: E-Atrium
  • Description: Please encourage your students to attend and learn about ELA courses, majors, 4- year college transfer opportunities, and possible career opportunities in the ELA majors.
  • Contact: For more information about this event, contact either​ Walter Sistrunk or Julio Rosario


CSin6: Tuition-free CS courses for DOE teachers in Spring 2024

In partnership with NYC DOE, CUNY Teacher Education is providing NYCDOE teachers and permanent paraprofessionals with an opportunity to participate in a tuition-free 6-credit sequence of courses to develop their technical, pedagogical, and content knowledge in computing education. NYC DOE Teachers and permanent paraprofessionals who complete the courses may also receive a micro-credential. These 2 courses are appropriate for NYC DOE teachers and permanent paraprofessionals of Grades K-12 and can be taken in any order.


At LaGuardia Community College, we are offering Computing Fundamentals (MAC100), and Introduction to Education Technology (ELE150) for this 6-credit sequence. Our Spring 2024 session begins March 1, 2024 and ends June 13, 2024. Teachers may apply for one or more of these courses until February 26, 2024. NYC DOE teachers and permanent paraprofessionals interested in this opportunity should complete the following forms.

  • ​CS in 6 Micro-credential LaGuardia Application Form:
  • DOE Eligibility Brief Tuition Sponsorship Form:
  • Applicants will also need to complete a Non-Degree Application. This will be emailed to applicants after we receive their CS in 6 Micro-credential LaGuardia Application. ​

NYS Court Interpreter Internship Program (Fall 2023: Oct – Dec 2023)

The NYS Unified Court System offers an intensive 20-hour internship program to bilingual students in Fall 2023. 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.


Prof. Maria Savva receives $176k grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s UISFL Program

Prof. Maria Savva has received an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) two-year grant in the amount of $176,134.65. The UISFL program is part of the U.S. Department of Education, which provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. The grant supports the project titled “The Community College Internationalization Initiative: Outreach, Pedagogy and Professional Development in International Studies.” The other grant team includes Arthur Lau (ELA), and Tomonori Nagano (ELA), Olga Aksakalova (English), and Anita Baksh (English).

See the college’s press release for more information (


Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio’s recent publication: Una visa por tus sueños: Finessing the Dominican Dream

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio has published an essay titled “Books, a Love of Languages, and School” in the anthology Una visa por tus sueños: Finessing the Dominican Dream. The essay is available online at and a copy of the anthology can be ordered at


Bilingual volunteer opportunity at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is seeking bilingual volunteers to offer legal aid to low-income new immigrants. They are looking for volunteers who are fluent in Spanish, Farsi, Dari, Bangla, Arabic, Korean, or Mandarin. This provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in pursuing legal careers (but note that this volunteer position is unpaid). The volunteer program is scheduled from September 2032 to June 2024. See below for more information. Here is the link to the application form:

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio’s recent publication in Latin American Literature Today

Prof. Luis Guzmán Valerio has published a translation of the essay ““Ritual in Body and Word: Poetry Written by Afro-Colombian Women” by Angélica Hoyos Guzmán in the latest issue of Latin American Literature Today. Congratulations, Prof. Valerio.


USED grant to support the early childhood special education program at LaGuardia Community College

With five other sister CUNY institutions and the New York City-based Kennedy Children’s Center (, the Education Program at LaGuardia Community College received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop courses in early childhood special education (ECSE). The partnership, which will be led by Borough of Manhattan Community College, will include Bronx Community College, Kingsborough Community College, Hostos Community College and LaGuardia Community College and aims to increase the number of teachers who are certified to teach early childhood special education classes.

The ECSE associate-degree programs that the community colleges will develop include provisions that allow students to transfer, without losing any credits, to a bachelor’s degree program at Brooklyn College, which prepares early childhood teachers to work with students with disabilities. The partnership also will provide a career pathway for teacher assistants and paraprofessionals currently working in the field, helping to address a critical shortage of ECSE teachers, as well as a scarcity of male teachers in the field.

For more information, contact Prof. Michele De Goeas-Malone, Program Director of Education Program at LaGuardia Community College, at / 718-482-6050.

NYC Men Teach Application 2023 (deadline on 9/15/2023)

Men Teach is a program Mayor de Blasio created to recruit minority male teachers to teach in the city’s public schools. While males of color make up 43% of students in the city’s public schools, only 8.3% of the city’s teachers are Black, Latino or Asian.

To help increase the diversity of the city’s public school teaching force, the city is providing financial and academic support to students who are interested in becoming teachers.

To be accepted into the Men Teach program applicants should have completed 12 credits towards an associate’s degree with reasonable GPAs.

The application link is The application deadline is Friday, September 15th, 2023.