Donna Hertz tried to retire from teaching, but after a post-retirement year in Aix-en-Provence, knew that she wasn’t done with her dual mission to teach French and foster in her students, a deeper understanding of the complex multi-cultural world in which we live. The position as French Instructor and Coordinator for SILP was the right venue for this passion.
Ye Tian received his Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and Master’s degree in Chinese Philology from Beijing Language and Culture University. As a Ph.D. candidate majoring in education at the University of California, Riverside, he conducts interdisciplinary research on Chinese language education and Chinese culture study from the perspective of sociology.
Abdelkader Berrahmoun hails from Oran, Algeria in North Africa. After completing a B.A. in Philosophy from Oran University in 1991, he left Algeria to pursue a master’s degree at Creteil University in Paris, France.
Pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam
Pursuing my passion for languages and foreign cultures, I studied English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (Northwestern Spain) from which I received a “Licenciatura” (five-year degree) in 1991. I then decided to move to Oxford, U.K. in order to experience the British language and culture first hand; I worked as a translator for i-Tech Translations and tutored Spanish for University of Oxford’s St. Anne’s College.
Theoretical linguistics, English and Spanish grammar and composition, curriculum design, Integrating content and language in the L2 curriculum, Culture and Society in the Hispanic World.
I have a passion for languages and developing instructional materials to enhance students’ language abilities in different contexts.
Second language acquisition, Content and language integration, curriculum design, autonomy and motivation in L2 learning, Latin American culture and society
Ph.D., from the University of Granada, Spain.
DEA (Diploma Estudios Avanzados) University of Nebrija, Spain
M.A., Educational Leadership, East Carolina University
BA. Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado: University of Entre Rios, Argentina