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Jane F. Hacking is Co-Director of L2TReC. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Toronto and is an Associate Professor of Russian. Her research is concentrated in two areas: 1) the acquisition of novel sound contrasts by second language learners, and 2) the effect of learner characteristics and learning contexts on the development of second language proficiency. She serves on the Utah Dual Language Research Advisory Board and the Russian Dual Immersion Steering Committee at the Utah State Office of Education

(801) 581-6688


Fernando Rubio is Co-Director of L2TReC and Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. He works in the areas of Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching Methodology and Technology-Assisted Language Learning. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and is the Co-Chair of the AP Spanish Language and Culture Development Committee.

(801) 581-4610

Catherine Scott is the Administrative Manager of L2TReC.  She has a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and has held university administrative roles (UC Berkeley, University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah) for twenty years.  She oversees L2TReC’s grant activities and manages the day-to-day operations of the Center.

(801) 585-9438


Lissie joined L2TReC as the center's Executive Secretary in 2014. Before joining the center Lissie served as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean and Chair of College of Human Development and School of Education at the Brigham Young University Hawaii for 7 years. 

Lissie holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Brigham Young University Hawaii.

(801) 587-8554

Elvis Ryan is the instructional Technologist/Curriculum Specialist of L2TReC. Elvis earned her M.Ed. in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii. She also has a Bachelor of Science in International Business Management.

(801) 581-7570

Jill Landes-Lee is the the Coordinator for Secondary Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs.   Her areas of focus are Second Language Acquisition, Literacy, Language Teaching Methodology, Professional Development and Coaching, and Educational Leadership and Policy.  Partnering with the Utah State Office of Education, she serves as the state Director for Secondary Dual Language Immersion curriculum, assessment, and professional development.  Her current projects include developing program supports for Utah’s grade 7-9 Immersion Programs in Chinese, French, and Spanish. She facilitates Utah’s higher education “Bridge Project”, a committee of university professors working to develop and teach upper division university language courses to high school students.

(801) 585-2682


Anne Lair holds a Ph.D. in French culture and literature from the Ohio State University. She currently teaches French in the Department of Languages and Literature where she also coordinates the French language program (lower level courses). She also works with the Utah State Office of Education to coordinate the secondary French Dual Language Immersion Program, building curriculum, assessment and professional development supports. Her research focuses on the teaching of culture, and the symbolism of food in literature and film. She is currently the President of the Alliance Française in Salt Lake City.

(801) 581-7737

Lucía Rubio received her M.A. in Language Pedagogy (Spanish) from the University of Utah. She teaches Spanish Advanced Grammar and Composition at the University of Utah and is the Advisor for the Spanish Teaching Major/Minor program. She coordinates the CLAC (Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum) program. Currently she is the 5 Honors coordinator for the Utah Dual Immersion Program. She is the co-author of a textbook, Tercer Milenio, Kendall-Hunt, 2009.

Johanna Watzinger-Tharp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah. She earned her MA and PhD L2 at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on L2 methodology and teacher education, variation in German, and dual immersion, and has been published in scholarly venues such as Foreign Language Annals, the Modern Language Journal and Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German. Her publications also include co-edited volumes and German language textbooks. In 2010, the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) awarded her the Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. She has served in leadership positions of national professional organizations and serves as the co-chair of Utah’s World Language Council, which produced the Utah Language Roadmap for the 21st Century that helped establish Utah’s Dual Language Immersion Program.

(801) 585-7148




Aziz Alzoubi

Abdulaziz Alzoubi (goes by Aziz) is a Ph.D. candidate. His primary research interests are Arabic sociolinguistics and sociophonetics, language and identity, language maintenance, and language shift. He is also interested in Arabic language teaching and TESOL. Aziz teaches Arabic 3010/3020 which aims at the development of communication skills. He also teaches Arabic 4040 which focuses on listening and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic from authentic sources.

  Email: Aziz Alzoubi

Shin Chi Fame Kao

Shin Chi Fame Kao is K-12 Chinese Outreach Coordinator in Confucius Institute at the University of Utah as well as Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program 7th-9th Grade Coordinator in Utah State Board of Education. She works in the areas of developing the curriculum and training teachers for the K-12 Chinese Dual Language Immersion program in Utah. She has 17 years of experiences in teaching Chinese language and culture to a diverse array of students of varying ages and abilities. Her research focuses on applied peer assisted learning strategies (PALS) to develop an effective Chinese reading program for Chinese language learners.
(801) 585-0988



Lily Alavi

Lily Alavi is an Associate Instructor of Persian language at the department of language and literature at the University of Utah. She has taught Persian Intermediate I &II and Persian Advanced I & II. She is also responsible for the Community Engaged Learning course of the department, which has a CEL designation (Community Engagement Learning) from the Bennion Center. This course entails lectures and readings, cross-cultural communications through simulation exercises, and community service in the Salt Lake City region.  Lily was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and lived there until 1993. She has a bachelor degree in French-Persian translation from Iran and a Master of Art in French Literature from the University of Maine, where she lived and worked for several years prior to moving to Utah in 2009.

Email:  Lily Alavi

Anne-Marie Traore

Email: Anne-Marie Traore

Takashi Ebira

Takashi Ebira is currently Associate Professor of Japanese at Salt Lake Community College.  He received both a B.A. and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Utah.  He also received a TESOL certificate when he completed his M.A. program in 2001.  Takashi was Assistant Professor of Japanese at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California.  While he was at DLI, he also served as an ILR OPI tester and conducted Japanese speaking tests for U.S. and Canadian military personnel.  Takashi's current academic interest is related to contrastive linguistics between English and Japanese, including pedagogical grammar and present-day usage of both languages.

Email: Takashi Ebira  


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Erika N. Stephens

Erika Stephens is currently an Associate Instructor of Portuguese at the University of Utah. She graduated from the University of São Paulo, Brazil with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and an M.A. in Linguistics and Grammar Theory with an emphasis in the Brazilian Portuguese language. Erika Stephens has taught at the University of Utah since fall of 2015, and since then, she has been teaching first and second year Portuguese courses in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and a course on Brazilian Civilization and Culture to military personnel with the L2TRec.

Email: Erika N. Stephens



Elena Grajinskaya

Elena Grajinskaya graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in Journalism, Literary Editing, and professional certification in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. Her research interests include international collaborations in the history of Russian journalism with a paper published about the Polish publicist and writer Jozef Ingacy Kraszewski in the Moscow University Annals (Vestnik MGU, Journalism series). Elena is a supporter of contextualized language instruction. She also obtained her M.B.A. degree from the University of Utah and co-founded an educational non-profit organization.

Monica B. Orcutt

Mónica B. Orcutt holds a M.A. in Spanish Language, Culture and Latin American Literature from Brigham Young University-Provo and has also completed post graduate course work at the University of Texas at Austin.

She received an Endorsement in Teaching English as a Second Language and has completed mediation courses.  She also has training in Legal and Medical Translation and Interpretation.

She has been dedicated to presenting her research at scholarly conferences and publishing of her work. Monica’s literary research includes Latin American Jewish literature, women writers, culture, Latin American theatre and creative writing. She is the author of the book, Claves en el teatro de Nora Glickman.

She has extensive experience developing curriculum and facilitating intensive courses for the military.

Email: Monica Orcutt







Last Updated: 3/2/17