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.
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
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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 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