Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 



MEET OUR FACULTY
 
 
Anita Berson
Professor Berson is a born and bred New Yorker, teaching ESL and business English. She has an M.A. in Language and Literacy and a B.S. in Business. Anita has an extensive corporate background in sales, marketing, financial services, and ELL publishing. She has worked for IBM, Apple, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Gary Bjornson
Professor Bjornson has a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a B.F.A. and B. Arch. in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. His professional experience includes sixteen years of architectural practice in America and eleven years of teaching ESL in Japan and America.
Cindy Chwang
Professor Chwang has been teaching at the IALC since 1997.  She has a M.A. in Teaching ESL from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont and is a Master of the Rassias Method and Gategno's Silent Way.  Specialties include philosophy and advanced level academic presentations & public speaking.  International teaching experience includes Mexico and Germany (four years).
Amy Evans
Professor Evans has taught at the IALC since 2005. An award-winning playwright, she holds an M.A. in Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College of the University of London, and has taught drama at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her background in theater helps ESL learners build confidence, improve their pronunciation, and strengthen their writing skills. Prof. Evans leads workshops in intercultural communication and and advises faculty in helping students achieve success in a multilingual classroom.
Nancy Gear
Professor Gear has taught at the IALC since 2006 and has a M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Gear has extensive college level TESOL experience, and has taught overseas in Kenya and Spain. Her specialties include university preparatory writing & speaking.
Irene Gilman, Ph.D.
Dr. Gilman has taught at the IALC since 2002.  She earned her M.A. in English Literature and Ph.D. in Humanities Education from New York University.  For many years, she directed a high school English program in the United States and taught and supervised the ESL program at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.  She has taught at NYU's School of Education, the ESL programs of the School of Visual Arts and LaGuardia Community College, and at the American School in Japan.  Awards include a John Hay Foundation Fellowship in Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities Painting Seminar, and a Fulbright travel grant to study China's Arts in Transition.  Dr. Gilman has traveled to over 41 countries, including many in the Far and Middle East. At Fordham she has developed and taught content courses such as Issues in Contemporary America, American Culture through the Arts, and Psychology through Literature.
Laura Greeney
Professor Greeney has taught at the IALC since 2004 and holds an  M.A. in English from New York University. She also teaches writing and British & American literature at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Prof. Greeney works as an editorial consultant for corporate and private publishing clients. A classically trained soprano, she is the creator of a two-part program called Song and Story: Literature and Music, which was first presented for Fordham's College at 60 Program. Her specialties at the IALC include American fiction and University preparatory writing.
  Jerelle Kraus
A long-time New York Times art director, Professor Kraus is a writer and visual artist who provides learning opportunities for students to meet and interview colleagues in all the Arts. She has lived in Paris, Munich, and Buenos Aires and speaks French, German and Spanish.  A Fulbright scholar and the award-winning author of the book, Inside the New York Times, published by Columbia University Press, she writes for The New York Times and The New Yorker,  and is a guest lecturer at universities including NYU and Princeton.
  Bonnie Masiello
Professor Masiello has been teaching at the IALC since 2012 and holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University.  Her specialties include College ESL Writing, advanced grammar, and TOEFL preparation. She also works for Education Testing Service (ETS), where she has developed materials for the TOEFL, the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT) and English Language Proficiency Assessement for the 21st Century (ELPA21).
Nick Miraflores
Professor Miraflores has an M.A. in Language Teaching from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He has written textbooks in English grammar and reading for elementary and middle school English learners. Currently he is Deputy Director of Literacy Programs with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. He conducts monthly workshops for ESL teachers.
Barbara Oliner
Professor Oliner has been teaching at the IALC since 1998 and holds an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training, Brattleboro,Vermont.  Prior to teaching, Professor Oliner was a vice president and international lending officer for a major U.S. bank.  She has taught English, ESL, and photography at The New School, New York University, and Phillips Andover Academy.  In addition to teaching, Prof. Oliner heads up a real estate management company serving properties in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Her specialty is advanced level and university preparatory writing.
Marcia Pally, Ed.D.
Dr. Pally has been teaching at the IALC since 1994 and holds a doctorate in Multilingual, Multicultural Studies from New York University. She has written two books on ESL/EFL pedagogy and eight others on culture, politics, and religion. Dr. Pally currently teaches in NYU's Multilingual, Multicultural Studies program, is a visiting professor at Berlin's Humboldt University and has lectured widely at universities, institutes, and think tanks in the United States and Europe. Her specialties at Fordham are content-based ESL/EFL, advanced level grammar and preparation for university and law school studies.
Connie Sargent
Professor Sargent has an M.A. in TESOL from the New School and an M.B.A. from Columbia's Business School. She has extensive experience in corporate marketing, public relations, advertising, and non-profit Board governance. Her teaching specialty is advanced corporate communications and American business English.
Janet Shanks
Professor Shanks has been teaching at the IALC since 2008 and has been teaching ESL for over twenty-five years. She holds an M.Ed. in English Education, a Graduate Student Research & Writing Fellowship to Columbia Journalism School's Gannett Center, and a British Studies Writing Fellowship at Oxford's University College, and has completed two years of doctoral courses in Applied Linguistics. Her specialties include English for Professional Purposes, University Preparation, TOEFL, Advanced Writing, and Current Events. She has taught in Japan, France and England, and has written and edited several TOEFL/ESL books and materials.
Michelle Straussberg
Professor Straussberg holds an M.A. in TESOL and a B.A. in Spanish and Communications, both from Hunter College. She has taught in Mexico and Spain. Her specialties are writing, grammar and teaching ESL through film. Her interest in the Arts pervades the classroom and influences her creative teaching methods. In addition to teaching, Professor Straussberg has authored a number of children's books for which she is seeking publication.
Deborah Tacon
Professor Tacon has a B.F.A. and an M.A.L.S. in Dance from the University of North Carolina and Wesleyan University respectively. After a year of living in France with her family, Deborah completed a Post-Masters program for certification to teach both ESL and Dance in the New York City Public Schools. She has been teaching ESL in New York City for 10 years, and continues to teach dance as well.
Elees Woods
Professor Woods has an M.B.A. from Missouri State University. Prior to joining the IALC in 2012, Elees spent three years teaching Business English in China and Turkey. Prof. Woods has an extensive business background, including positions in the dental industry, financial institutions, and state regulatory agencies. Specialty: Business English.






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