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ESL Faculty

We take pride in the diversity and decades of expertise our faculty bring to their work in the classroom. Our TESOL instructors have taught English all over the world, from Asia to the Middle East to Latin America. They are published scholars, accomplished artists, workshop leaders, and business owners. They are New Yorkers in the truest sense: tough, compassionate, and ready to bring out the best in you. Explore the menu below to read more about our faculty and their specializations.

Anna Ciriani Dean, MA

Anna Ciriani Dean has been an Instructor and Assessment Specialist at Fordham’s Institute of American Language and Culture since 2017. She has taught courses in academic writing, oral communication, grammar, and business English. In addition, she also works as a writing consultant at Baruch College’s Writing Center and as a content developer for language tests at Educational Testing Service. She holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in French and German from Dickinson College. Her research and teaching interests include second-language writing, task-based language teaching, writing-center pedagogy, and assessment. She speaks four languages (English, Italian, French, and German) and enjoys traveling, reading, drinking tea, and cats.

Sarah Custen, MA

Sarah A. Custen is a Utah native whose career has centered around public service, writing, and education. She has taught English, Spanish, literacy, Special Education and dramatic arts to diverse groups of learners in the U.S., Spain and Japan. Sarah is an advocate for the use of self-publication and multi-modal composition as a means to foster social change, reinforce educational concepts, and instill a sense of agency and confidence in learners and writers of any age. She holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Utah and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School.

Irene Gilman, PhD

Dr.Gilman joined the IALC faculty in 2002. She earned her PhD. in Humanities Education from New York University. Prior to supervising the ESL program at Robert College, a bi-lingual prep school, in Istanbul, she directed a US high school English program for many years. She has also taught in the ESL programs of the School of Visual Arts and LaGuardia Community College as well as at NYU's School of Education and the American School in Japan. Awards include a John Hay Foundation Fellowship in Humanities, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Painting as Text, and a Fulbright-Hay Seminar Abroad to explore China's Arts in Transition in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. Dr.Gilman has travelled in more than 41 countries, including many in the Far and Middle East. At Fordham, in addition to teaching writing/reading/grammar/vocabulary, she has developed and taught content courses that focused on American arts, culture, literature, history, and sociology as well as modern short fiction, creative writing, and psychology through literature.

Marisa Granizo, MA

Marisa Granizo has a Master's degree in TESOL and Linguistics from New York University and has taught undergraduate and graduate students for over 10 years. Throughout the past ten years, she has taught at NYU, Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute and Pace University, where she is currently an adjunct professor of Academic and Critical writing. She also established initiatives for the accreditation of a prominent language school in New York City, where she was Academic Director and CEA Coordinator.

Margaret Ibasco, MA, EdM

Margaret Ibasco teaches Intercultural Skills at Fordham University.  She also teaches at Lehman College (CUNY) and at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).  She completed Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Education (ED.M.) at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been teaching ESL to adults since 1985. She has taught at different institutions in the US and abroad. In 2001, she was chosen as one of the Fellow Grant Awardees by Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology (CTLT) at New York Institute for Technology, New York, NY.

Hie-Myung Joy Jo, EdD

Dr. Jo has been teaching English to linguistically and culturally diverse students (K-12, post-secondary, adult) in all levels for more than decade. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, and three MA degrees in TESL, TEFL, and Educational English Language. Her specialties include intercultural communication, second language acquisition theories and methodologies, multicultural education, educational technologies, functional linguistics approach, English for Academic/Specific Purposes, Literacy, iBT TOEFL, and Business English.

Bin Kong, MA

Bin Kong holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University. She had experience in working with adult English learners who are both linguistically and culturally diverse. Her previous teaching sites include Community Impact in Columbia University and CLIP program in CUNY. She is also a chair adjudicator for British Parliamentary debate certified by China Debate Education Network.

Csilla Korbl, MA

Matledra Krakowski, MA

Professor Krakowski has been teaching at IALC since 2011. She has a Masters of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Hunter College. She has been teaching ESL to adults since 2004. She has taught at various institutions, both academic and community-based. These include New York Institute of Technology, City College of New York and Westchester Community College. She has also worked with Oxford University Press and ETS, assessing TOEFL Speaking. She has studied at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She specializes in Reading and Writing courses and web-based instruction.

Annette Lee, MA

Shélynn Riel-Osorio, MA

Shélynn Riel-Osorio holds a Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Rhode Island College. In 2017, Shélynn served in Argentina as an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, facilitating teacher training and professional development of in-service teachers. Prior to her time abroad, Shélynn was the Coordinator of ESL Intensive Programming at Rhode Island College, and the Director of Education at the Refugee Dream Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She has taught learners of all ages and levels, hailing from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is currently teaching college composition and academic communication skills to ESL students at Fordham University.

Michael Roberts, MA

Takako Sato, MA

A graduate of Barnard College, Professor Sato earned her TESOL Certification and an MA in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to teaching, Takako, known as Tata, spent decades in advertising and marketing communications, where she came to appreciate the critical role of language in an increasingly complex, globalized and transnational context. Along with deep respect for diverse cultural values, attitudes and social relationships acquired as a TCK in Asia, the Middle East and East Africa, she has strong interest in social justice and equality through literacy development, multilingual education and promotion of human rights.

Julie Shuchman, MA, MPhil

Julie Shuchman teaches Advanced ESL Writing and Speaking at Fordham University's IALC and at NYU.  She also teaches English Composition at St.  Francis College in Brooklyn.  From 2009-2011, she served as Master Teacher and Curriculum Developer for a College Bridge Program at CUNY.  In 2011, she presented at the League for Innovation Conference in San Diego, California and in 2013, she authored the Instructor's Manual for Read to Achieve, published by Longman.  She  has served as a consultant for international post- doctoral students and professionals at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and at NYU Dental School's Department of Clinical Research.  Julie  Shuchman has an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University and an M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from the CUNY Graduate  Center.

Rita Taryan, MA