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  • Education and Language Acquisition Department


    The Education and Language Acquisition Department at LaGuardia Community College exposes you to new perspectives and new paths in global awareness. It offers rudimentary and advanced courses in several world languages, national literatures and histories; as well as classes in education practice and theory, and urban studies.


    For more information, please visit the Education and Language Acquisition Department website.

     

    Click here  to download the ELA e-Guidebook.


    Chair of Department

     Dr. Wenjuan Fan
    (718)-482-5371
    fanwe@lagcc.cuny.edu 


    The Department offers courses in the following areas: (or list of all courses offered)
     

  •  Communication Skills

    Communication Skills

    LaGuardia Community College embodies New York City's guarantee that all its citizens have the opportunity to get a college education. LaGuardia, begun with only a handful of students and faculty in 1971, was named for a mayor who cared about all New Yorkers, whatever their station in life. The college is another in a long tradition of original educational experiments in the United States, a world leader in public education.

    To help fulfill the promise of Open Admissions and to serve all New Yorkers, LaGuardia accepted the challenge of teaching language skills, not only to the large numbers of high schoolgraduates who did not possess college-level reading skills, but to a large foreign language population. The Communication Skills courses were created to serve these students and our central goal has always been to prepare students for the challenges of academic reading.

    It should be obvious that reading is fundamental to education; it should also be clear that college students do an enormous amount of reading, and that reading is, for lack of a better word, a "skill" that requires constant reinforcement and refinement. Higher education demands differing levels of reading proficiency. A 50-page paper in graduate school requires reading hundreds of pages of text; a dissertation, thousands of pages. Experienced readers recognize degrees of difficulty and levels of comprehension; they recognize that reading is referential, that reading is always grounded in content. And, despite the wonders of technology, reading is still fundamental, literacy still required.

    The Communication Skills courses are at the heart of LaGuardia's mission - to give New York City's citizens access to higher education. Our mission within the college is to insure that once students have been admitted, they succeed.

    The mission of the Communication Skills courses is to help students acquire the necessary cognitive tools to read, comprehend, and retain the wide variety of college-level materials necessary to succeed in LaGuardia's degree programs, and/or to move on to four-year schools. We are committed to providing students with the background knowledge and critical reading and thinking skills necessary to become an educated person.

    The focus of a CSE course is exposition though we incorporate other forms as well. Our courses prepare students for their introductory courses in the majors. Thus students engage with content, vocabulary, and study skills that they use to read their textbooks, to listen to class lectures, and write class assignments. Our classes consist of lively discussions, arguments, careful listening and thinking.

    Our reading courses are theme-centered. They focus on one or two themes per term; the readings, writing assignments, projects, and research are all related to the topic; students are held responsible for the content of their reading. Class and home assignments are geared to all levels of cognitive activity - starting with simple comprehension and moving up the ladder to sophisticated thinking tasks such as analyzing arguments, synthesizing multiple ideas, and evaluating claims. Theme-centered instruction gives the students a solid background, allowing them to gain in-depth knowledge and a firm grasp of complex topics and arguments. Moreover, we are aware that writing is the other side of reading, and crucial to success in college. Therefore, our students are asked to respond to what they read by writing response papers, summaries, and essays; they use the library; they research their papers.

    Many students' reading competence needs to be reinforced after exiting from compulsory basic skills courses. To prepare truly college-ready readers, we offer students a range of electives that are designed to refine their skills. Our aim is to produce critical, flexible, and fluent readers.

    The CSE courses participate in community projects, high school-college collaborations, learning communities, conferences, scholarly research, grants, and events throughout the college, CUNY and the community. The faculty is innovative and includes nationally recognized experts in the field. If CUNY is the gateway to a wider world for our students, the Communication Skills Program is the threshold.

    The study of foreign languages and literatures has been at the core of liberal arts studies for centuries. Following that tradition, the Modern Languages and Literatures Program emphasizes the development of cross-cultural communication, appreciation of literature, multicultural understanding, and analytic and interpretive capacity. The Modern Languages and Literatures Program offers students the opportunity to study more than a dozen different languages and national literatures (i.e., American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Tibetan, Polish, and Portuguese).

    For more information about the Education Program, please visit the ELA website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ela/cs/index.htm


    Program Director:

    Dr. Arthur Lau
    CSE & Education Programs Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-5626
    Room: B-234 F
    alau@lagcc.cuny.edu


     Education

    Education

    The Education Program at LaGuardia Community College prepares individuals interested in transferring to education programs at four-year institutions or in pursuing paraprofessional positions in the school system. The program prepares knowledgeable, caring individuals to teach in diverse communities through coursework in educational foundations, language and literacy development, child development, and fieldwork. Students study effective instructional models, with an emphasis on student-centered and culturally relevant methods, and explore resources for curriculum development and instruction.


    For more information about the Education Program, please visit the ELA website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ela/education/index.htm 


    Program Director:

    Dr. Arthur Lau
    Education Program Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-5626
    Room: B-234 F
    alau@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    Ms. Paula Zimmermanne
    Education Fieldwork Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-5230
    Room: B234 P
    pzimmermann@lagcc.cuny.edu 


     ESL (English as a Second Language)

    ESL (English as a Second Language)

    The primary mission of the Academic ESL Program is to provide language instruction and support to students whose first language is not English so that they can succeed in accomplishing their educational goals at LaGuardia Community College. The Program has as its primary aim the teaching of academic writing and integrating into this instruction the other language skills of reading, listening, and speaking. Academic ESL also provides its students with language support in their non-ESL courses by offering learning communities that integrate courses in other disciplines and English as a Second Language and provides non-native speakers of English throughout the College with language tutoring in support of the Writing in the Disciplines program.

    For more information about the Education Program, please visit the ELA website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ela/esl/index.htm  


    Program Director:

    Dr. Hyun-Joo Kim
    ESL Program Co-Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-6095
    Room: B-234 M
    hkim@lagcc.cuny.edu 

    Dr. Monika Ekiert
    ESL Program Co-Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-6097
    Room: B-234 V
    mekiert@lagcc.cuny.edu 


     Linguistics

    Linguistics

    Education and Langauge Acquisition Department offers a small range of linguistics courses, including Introduction to Language (ELL101), English Grammar Syntax (ELL110), Normal Language Development (ELL114/HUC114), English Morphology (ELL210), and Introduction to Sociolinguistics (ELL220).

    In these courses, students are introduce to the science of language, which can be applied to careers such as education, computer science, speech therapy and publishing. These courses cover the basics of linguistic theories, prepare students for further study of language-related disciplines, and provide insights into their own language experience.

    For more information about the Education Program, please visit the ELA website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ela/lang/index.htm


    Program Director:

    Dr. Tomonori Nagano
    Modern Languages and Literatures & Linguistics Programs Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-5484
    Room: B-234 FF
    tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu 


     Modern Languages and Literatures

    Modern Languages and Literatures

    The study of foreign languages and literatures has been at the core of liberal arts studies for centuries. Following that tradition, the Modern Languages and Literatures Program emphasizes the development of cross-cultural communication, appreciation of literature, multicultural understanding, and analytic and interpretive capacity. The Modern Languages and Literatures Program offers students the opportunity to study more than a dozen different languages and national literatures (i.e., American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Tibetan, Polish, and Portuguese).

    For more information about the Education Program, please visit the ELA website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ela/ml/index.htm


    Program Director:

    Dr. Tomonori Nagano
    Modern Languages and Literatures & Linguistics Programs Coordinator
    Tel: 718-482-5484
    Room: B-234 FF
    tnagano@lagcc.cuny.edu 


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