Education

  • 1999 TESOL/CLAD/TEFL Certificate, UCLA Extension, Lifelong Education Dept.
  • 1984 Ph.D. in Foreign Language Pedagogy, Foreign Languages Department, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • 1969 M.A., Romanian Language and Literature and English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages Department, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • 1967 B.A., Romanian Language and Literature and English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages Department, University of Bucharest, Romania

Publications

Literary Translations (1996 to present)

  • Forthcoming. A Balkan Tapestry: Women’s Stories from Southeastern Europe. (Co-editor, contributing translator). New Orleans: University Press of the South.
  • 2015. “Seven Romanian Poets” (Co-translator). In: Cardinal Points Journal. Vol. 5. New York: StoSvet Press.
  • 2011. “The Hour Commute” by Gabriela Adamesteanu (Co-translator). In: E. Schimmel (Ed.) Writing from Postcommunist Romania. New York: Dalkey Archive Press.
  • 2011. “Death in Seven Acts” by Marius Oprea (Co-translator). In: Ehren Schimmel (Ed.) Writing from Postcommunist Romania. New York: Dalkey Archive Press.
  • 2006. “From A Day without a President” by Carmen Francesca Banciu (Translator). The Third Shore. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.
  • 2006. “The Story of the Traveler with Cherries” by Mihai Ursachi (Co-translator). The Pedestal Magazine. August 2006.
  • 2006. The March to the Stars. Poems by Mihai Ursachi. Bucharest and New York: Vinea Press. (Contributing translator).
  • 2005. “The Crown of Straw” by Mihai Ursachi (Co-translator). Notebooks Tristan Tzara. Moinesti, Romania. 2005: 270.
  • 2003. Nichita Danilov. Secol. (Contributing translator). Iasi: Junimea.
  • 2001. “Poems by Mihai Ursachi.” (Co-translator). Archipelago. Vol. 5, No. 3/2001.
  • 2000. Ioana Ieronim. The Fool’s Triumph. (Co-translator). Bucharest: Paralela 45 Press.
  • 1999. Day after Night. 20 Romanian Poets for the 21st Century. (Contributing translator). Norcross, GA: Criterion Publishing.
  • 1998. “Poems by Ion Muresan.” (Co-translator). Apostrof: Romanian Writers’ Union Journal No. 6/1998.
  • 1998. Gail Kligman. Nunta mortului. (Contributing translator). Iasi: Polirom.
  • 1997. Mircea Eliade. “The Captain’s Daughter.” (Co-translator). Suitcase: A Journal of Transcultural Traffic. UCLA. Volume Two/1997.
  • 1996. The Phantom Church and Other Stories from Romania. (Co-editor, co-translator). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Language Teaching Materials (1973 to present)

  • Forthcoming. Beginner’s Romanian. New York: Hippocrene Press
  • 2013. Self-monitored online activities for First-year Romanian, Common Collaboration and Learning Environment, UCLA.
  • 2005. Touchstone. Workbook 2. (Co-author). Cambridge University Press.
  • 2005. Americans Past and Present. Bucharest: Paralela 45 Press.
  • 2003. English Time. Teacher’s Book 5. (Co-author). Oxford University Press.
  • 2002. English Time. Teacher’s Book 3. (Co-author). Oxford University Press.
  • 2001. Let’s Go. Teacher’s Books 5-6. (Co-author). Oxford University Press.
  • 2000. Let’s Go. Teacher’s Books 1-4. (Co-author). Oxford University Press.
  • 2000. English Grammar Exercises and Tests. (Co-author). Bucharest: Paralela 45 Press.
  • 1998. Tiny Talk. Teacher’s Book 3. (Contributing writer). Oxford University Press.
  • 1995. English through Exercises. (Co-author). Bucharest: Niculescu.
  • 1992. English Grammar for Schools. (Co-author). Bucharest: Omegapres.
  • 1990. ELT Ideas and Resources. (Co-editor). Bucharest University Press.
  • 1987. English Grammar Exercises. Bucharest: Albatros Press.
  • 1985. English Language Achievement Testing. Bucharest University Press.
  • 1983. The English Language. Textbook for the Third-Fourth Years of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1982. English in Conversation. (Co-author). Bucharest: Scientific and Encyclopedic Press.
  • 1982. The English Language. Textbook for the Second Year of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1981. The English Language. Textbook for the First Year of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1979. English Verb Tenses. Bucharest: Albatross Press.
  • 1977. The English Language. Textbook for the Seventh Year of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1976. The English Language. Textbook for the Sixth Year of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1975. Handbook for the Teaching of English in Middle Schools. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1975. The English Language. Textbook for the Fifth Year of Study. (Co-author). Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1974. The English Language. Textbook for the Fourth Year of Study. Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1973. English Poems and Games for Children. Bucharest: Educational Press.
  • 1973. The English Language. Textbook for the Third Year of Study. Bucharest: Ed. Press.

Honors and Selected Presentations

HONORS

  • 1993-94 Co-Chair, English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL
  • 1992-93 Associate Chair, English as a Foreign Language Interest Section, TESOL
  • 1990-93 Fulbright Lecturer/Scholar, UCLA
  • 1974-90 Member, Foreign Languages Board, Ministry of Education, Romania

CONVENTIONS AND COLLOQUIA 1993 to present 

(* = co-presenter)

  • “Urban Folklore in the Romanian Language Class.” UCLA Language Alliance Symposium,
    UCLA, Los Angeles, May 16, 2016.
  • “Linguistic and Methodological Uses of Textbook Visuals.” 2016 AATSEEL Conference, Austin, TX, January 8, 2016.
  • “Romanian Culture in the United States in Post-Communism.” 14th International Symposium, Alexandru Philippide Institute of Romanian Philology, Iași, Romania, September 16, 2015.
  • “Authentic Texts or Authentic Communication? Dilemmas and Solutions in Teaching Romanian to American Students.” 13th International Symposium,
  • “Approaches to National Culture in Romanian Textbooks for Foreign Students.” 12th International Symposium, Alexandru Philippide Institute of Romanian Philology, Iași, Romania, Sept. 26, 2013.
  • “Romanian Language Textbooks for Foreigners: Traditional, Innovative, or Eclectic?” 11th International Symposium of the Alexandru Philippide Institute of Romanian Philology, Iași, Romania, September 19, 2012
  • “Language Textbook Writing: From Theory to Practice,” 6th UC Language Consortium, Conference on SLA Theoretical & Pedagogical Perspectives, UC San Diego, April 21, 2012
  • “Incorporating Visual Scaffolding in Reading Comprehension Strategies for Heritage Students,” First International Conference on Heritage Languages, UCLA, Los Angeles, Feb. 20, 2010
  • *“Re-traditionalization of Gender Roles in Post-Communist East-Central Europe,” From Totalitarianism to Democracy: Twisted and Unfinished Road. On the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Oct. 22, 2009
  • “East-West Encounters: Values in Conflict in Balkan Short Stories,” 35th Southern Comparative Literature Association Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, Oct. 1, 2009
  • “From Funny Pictures to Second Language Acquisition,” 4th UC Language Consortium Conference on Theoretical & Pedagogical Perspectives, UC Santa Barbara, April 26, 2008
  • “On-line Teacher Training Manual,” Heritage Language Workshop, UCLA, May 1, 2005.
  • *“Learning from Learners through Informal Evaluations,” 39th TESOL Convention, San Antonio, TX, April 1, 2005.
  • *“A Round Table on a Web-based UC Heritage Language Teacher Training Project,” 2nd UC Language Consortium Conference on Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives, UC Santa Cruz, March 27, 2004.
  • “A Needs Analysis of Romanian Heritage Speakers,” Center for Romanian Studies 6th International Conference, Iasi, July 5-8, 2000.
  • “Romanian Language Studies at UCLA,” Center for Romanian Studies 5th International Conference, Iasi, June 28-July 1, 1999.
  • *“Laying the Foundations of Academic Writing,” 33th TESOL Convention, New York, March 12, 1999.
  • *“Working with ‘Insights One’: An Integrated Approach,” The 1998 UCLA/USC Conference on Second and Foreign Language Education, UCLA, January 30, 1998.
  • “Toward a Sheltered Communicative Approach to Romanian Language Teaching,” Society for Romanian Studies, Seattle, November 19, 1997.
  • “Teaching Romanian to Heritage Speakers: Suggestions for a Methodology,” California Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, UCLA, May 4, 1996.
  • “The Spirituality of Objects in Ioana Ieronim’s ‘The Fool’s Triumph,’” Modern Language Association, San Diego, December 30, 1994.“Boundary Breaking in Romanian Heroic Epic Songs,” 23rd International Ballad Conference of the Commission for Folk Poetry, UCLA, June 1994.
  • *“Creating New Materials for EFL,” 28th TESOL Convention, Baltimore, March 11, 1994.
  • “How We Survived Communism: A Romanian’s View,” Society for Romanian Studies, New York, February 18, 1994.
  • “Textual and Contextual Language Teaching,” California Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, UCLA, May 15, 1993.
  • *“Assessing EFL/ESL Settings: What Matters Most for Students,” 27th TESOL Convention, Atlanta, April 17, 1993.
  • “Current Trends in Foreign Language Teaching,” California Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, UCLA, May 17, 1992.
  • *“EFL Textbook Writing: An Impossible Dream?” 26th TESOL Convention, Vancouver, BC, March 5, 1992.

INVITED LECTURES 1993 to present (* = co-presenter)

  • “Using Word Cards in Foreign Language Teaching,” Slavic 495, UCLA, Nov. 5, 2001.
  • “Vocabulary Teaching Techniques,” Slavic 495, UCLA, November 7, 2000.
  • “The Romanian Educational System,” Peace Corps Training, Bucharest, July 2000 & 2001.
  • “Women Writers and the Legacy of Communism in Southeastern Europe,” Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA, July 30, 1996.
  • “Issues of Concern for Women Authors of Southeastern Europe,” Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA, July 26, 1995.
  • “Romanian Women Poets,” Foreign Fulbright Faculty Day, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, October 21, 1993.
  • “Gender Roles in Eastern Europe,” Center for the Study of Women, UCLA, May 12, 1993.
  • *”Ethnic and Sectarian Conflicts in the Balkans,” UCLA’s Fulbright Program, May 1993.
  • “Romanian Women and Society,” University of Miami, April 19, 1993.
  • “Present-Day Changes in the Romanian Educational System,” Ohio State University, April 9, 1993.
  • “Women Writers in Romania and Eastern Europe,” Univ. of Pittsburgh, April 5, 1993.
  • *”The Impact on Education of the Political Transitions in Eastern Europe,” Phi Beta Delta 7th Annual National Conference, Long Beach, April 1, 1993.
  • “Teaching Grammar Creatively,” Slavic Department, UCLA, February 16, 1993.
  • “Authentic Texts in Teaching Grammar,” TESL Department, UCLA, January 25, 1993.

 

Employment and Professional

1997 to present Continuing Lecturer, Romanian Language, Literature, and Civilization
Dept. of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

Courses taught – Ro 101 A-B-C / Ro 103, Elementary Romanian
– Ro 187 A-M, Advanced Language Tutorial Instruction in Romanian
– Ro 152, Survey of Romanian Literature
– Ro 90, Introduction to Romanian Civilization

2015 to present Guest lecturer to Slavic Fiat Lux Seminar “Language, Identity, and Power
in Post-Communist Eastern Europe”

New courses – proposed, developed & taught
– CEE STD 91, Culture and Society in Central and Eastern Europe
– CEE STD 191, Women and Literature in Southeastern Europe
– Ro 102 A-B-C, Advanced Romanian
– Fiat Lux seminar: Slavic 19, Politics and Literature in Eastern Europe
– Applied Linguistics 119/219, Teaching Heritage Language Speakers

1998-2013 Teacher educator & course developer, UCLA Extension Lifelong Education Dept.,                      CLAD/CTEL & TESL/TEFL Certificate Programs

Courses taught – Foundations and Methods of English Language Development*
– Language Development and Acquisition*
– Language Structure and Usage*
– Linguistics for ESL Educators*
– Advanced Study: Provisions and Strategies for English Learner Instruction*
– Assessment of English Language Learners*
– Teaching English as a Foreign Language*

New courses – proposed, developed & taught
– Teaching English to Children*
– ESL/EFL Materials Design*
– Using Different Media in the Language Classroom

Note: The courses marked with an asterisk were also taught online.

1994-99       Curriculum Coordinator, ESL Credit Courses, ALC, UCLA Extension
1993-2001   ESL Instructor, ESL Credit Courses, ALC, UCLA Extension

Courses taught – Intermediate & Advanced Academic Writing (33B & 33C ESL Credit courses)
– Beginning Grammar & Listening Comprehension (Intensive ESL courses)

1992-93   Fulbright Scholar, Dept. of Applied Linguistics & TESL, UCLA
1990-92   Fulbright Lecturer, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA
1990        Associate Professor, Foreign Languages Dept., University of Bucharest
1974-89   Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages Dept., University of Bucharest
1971-74   English Teacher, C. A. Rosetti High School, Bucharest
1969-71   English Teacher, Middle School No. 5, Bucharest

 

PROFESSIONAL

  • Member, Society for Romanian Studies (SRS), USA
  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)