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Staff Directory

Stanley Van Horn, Ph.D.
Director

Education

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis: Linguistic Creativity and Professional Discourse Strategies: an intercultural perspective
M.A., Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Linguistics, B.S., French, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Year of study abroad at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland

Interests

Applied linguistics for language learning, English for Academic and Specific Purposes, Intensive English program administration, World Englishes, Cross-cultural communication, Business and professional Communication, Discourse analysis of oral and written genres, Pacific island literatures in English.

Publications

"World Englishes and Global Commerce" in The Handbook of World Englishes, edited by Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru and Cecil L. Nelson. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2006, pp. 620-642.

"Symposium on Ethics, Ideology and world Englishes: Introduction" in World Englishes 22:3, August 2003, pp. 215-216. Guest-editor of this symposium.

"Creativity and Ideology in Maori Literature in English" in Three Circles of English. edited by Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: UniPress, National University of Singapore, 2001, pp. 159-177.

"Linguistics, TESL, and Language Planning in Micronesia" in Literacy and Writing Systems in Asia. Special issue of Studies in the Linguistics Sciences 30:1, November 2000, pp. 185-200.

"Genre, Register and Sociolinguistics" in World Englishes 16:3, November 1997, pp. 321-336.

Joshua Snyder
Associate Director for Student Engagement

Raised in Buffalo, NY, Joshua Snyder completed a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Language and Literature from Buffalo State College, which included a year abroad at the University of Chile. After a year of teaching English to immigrants and refugees in Buffalo and to businesspeople at the Canadian-Chilean Centre in Santiago, Chile, he went on to get a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University at Buffalo.

He spent two years teaching English at the University at Buffalo's English Language Institute and its twinning program with Stamford College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After this, Mr. Snyder went to South Korea, where he taught for three years at the University of Ulsan and for eleven at the Pohang University of Science and Technology. He joined RIT's English Language Center in 2011.

Mr. Snyder's interests include cross-cultural communication and English for Academic Purposes, especially in the sciences, as well as American studies and Western New York history and culture.

Kristine Mook
Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction

Kristine Mook holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in TESOL from Syracuse University. She began her teaching career at the English Language Center in Syracuse University. She then taught Freshman Composition at Elmira College and was the Director of Instruction of the English Language and American Culture Institute at Elmira College for a summer. In 1990, Kristine spent three months teaching English to Ukrainian refugees.

Kristine has been teaching at the English Language Center, R.I.T for over twenty years. In addition to teaching, Kristine is also the Assessment Coordinator and Scheduling Officer for the ELC. She enjoys getting to know the students from different cultures and participating in off-campus activities with the ELC students.

Erin Karl
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Erin Karl received a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo and a Master's degree in Linguistics/ TESOL from Syracuse University. Before teaching English at Syracuse University for two and a half years, she studied Spanish in Costa Rica while tutoring students in English. In addition to teaching classes at the ELC. Erin currently supervises the writing and reading curriculum and oversees the learning lab and tutoring program.

Rebekah Lees
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Becky received Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and French Language and Literature from Susquehanna University in 2006. She completed her Master’s degree in Field-based TESOL from Azusa Pacific University while teaching full-time at the gymnasium level at C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School in Bratislava, Slovakia. Three years later, after seeing its first class graduate, she returned to Rochester, where she has worked or volunteered with various ESL teaching, tutoring and TESOL teacher training programs closer to home. Throughout her career, she has travelled to over 20 countries to study, teach, and do humanitarian work. In 2013, she was selected by Linkages of Rochester to conduct a 2-week seminar for English teachers in Veliky Novgorod, Russia. Becky has taught at the English Language Center since 2010 and is now the curriculum leader for Inquiry-based language tasks as well as the consultant for project-based instruction and special programs at the ELC.

Irina Malova-Parker
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Irina Parker received a Bachelor's degree in TESOL and a Master's degree in Linguistics from the Moscow Pedagogical University, Russia in conjunction with the University of Surrey, the U.K. Prior to working at the English Language Center, Mrs. Parker worked in Cambodia and Russia. In Cambodia, she taught in the International School of Phnom Penh. In Russia, Mrs. Parker worked at the Moscow Pedagogical University and served as vice principal of the British International School. Her interests are languages, cultures, and music (singing).

Tanya Schueler-Choukairi
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

After completing her BA in Psychology at the University of Southern California, Ms. Schueler moved to Morocco, where she taught children in American elementary school programs and English to adults in language schools. She returned to the United States in 1992 and has been teaching at the English Language Center, RIT since then. In addition to teaching , Tanya coordinates cultural trips and social activities for the English Language Center students.

Before coming to Rochester, Ms. Schueler was Assistant Director of Studies at the British Centre, a private English language school in Casablanca. She holds the Royal Society of Arts diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (RSAdipTefla) and an M.A. in teaching English as a Second Language (M.A.TESOL) from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Ms. Schueler is fluent in French and reasonably communicative in Moghrabi (the North African dialect of Arabic). Her interests are language, cultures and travellin

Lisa Swovick
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Lisa Swovick completed her Bachelor's Degree in Germanic Studies/Education at Nazareth College of Rochester, which included a year of study at the University of Vienna, Austria as well as German language studies at various Goethe Institutes of Germany - in Goettingen and Priem am Chiemsee, respectively. Upon graduation, Lisa received a Fulbright for work in Graz, Austria where she taught students English as a foreign language at the 'gymnasium' level.

Upon returning to the United States, Lisa received her Master's Degree in Education/TESOL from Nazareth College. During her graduate studies, she received a scholarship for studies in Berlin, getting a closer look at the effects of the division between east and west on the city, both politically and socially.

Lisa has taught English as a Second Language and German in the Monroe County area, including BOCES #1, Greece and the East Irondequoit Central School Districts. Lisa has also been a volunteer tutor for refugee groups and general education students throughout her career. Lisa's interests include teaching language for academic purposes - especially in history and the sciences. She also enjoys music, genealogy and travel.

Karen J. Valentine
Senior Staff Assistant
Cheryl Zielinski
Senior Financial Assistant

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