Faculty liaisons work in close conjunction with language assistants regarding their work for their language programs. Further, in the case of departments with language floors, faculty liaisons serve on the Language Floor Advisory Board and collaborate with the Office of Residential Life to help shape policy and decisions regarding the language floors.
Lecturer in Italian, Faculty Director of the Language Assistant Program
A clinical psychologist, Morena Svaldi has extensive research experience in the field. At Mount Holyoke, she teaches Italian at all levels, with a special interest in blended learning, teaching with technology, methodology and pedagogy in second language acquisition. Her research has been funded by several Five Colleges Mellon Grants. In 2014, Svaldi became the Faculty Director of the Language Assistant Program.
Reverend Joseph James Hilary Paradis Visiting Instructor in French
Visiting Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies
Daniel Brooks is a scholar of early twentieth-century and Soviet-era Russian culture, with a particular focus on literary criticism, memoir, and the visual arts. His first book project examines Russian literary portraiture, a genre that flourished at the turn of the century and survived, improbably, into Soviet times. Brooks has published articles on Aleksandr Blok’s poetry and mass culture; Vladislav Khodasevich’s scathing memoirs of his contemporaries; and Maksim Gorky, literary celebrity, and emotion studies (winner of a 2018 SEEJ award). He has taught the entire modern Russian cultural canon, including 19th- and 20th-century surveys as well as specialized courses on Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Russo-Soviet cinema, poetry, and nature writing.
Joanna Caravita's research focuses on native and non-native teachers of Hebrew and Arabic. Caravita is fascinated by the many reasons her students come to study Hebrew, the perspectives they bring with them and the myriad of ways in which they approach studying the language. She is interested in the historical and linguistic development of Hebrew, from its roots in the ancient world through to its emergence as the basis of a modern culture in Israel and beyond. Prior to coming to the Five Colleges, she taught Hebrew at the University of Texas at Austin according to an intensive, proficiency-based model of foreign language instruction.
Esther Castro Cuenca
Senior Lecturer in Spanish; Spanish Language Program Director; on leave Spring 2022
Esther Castro Cuenca is a Senior Lecturer and the language program director of the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, and interfaces between psycholinguistics and language learning/teaching. She teaches various levels of Spanish language as well as courses on linguistics, translation, and second language acquisition and pedagogy.
Professor of Asian Studies
Naoko Nemoto often travels to Hawaii… to be trained at the National Foreign Language Resource Center! She recently completed their summer institute on Project Based Language Learning. She is currently working on a video mini-lecture series that is supported by 5 College Blended Learning Grants for her content-based Japanese course. She is eager to transform her students to “21st Century” language learners.
Five College Lecturer in Korean
Kyae-Sung Park teaches Korean at all levels. Her research interests include first (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition, Korean linguistics, and language pedagogy. She is interested in the discourse effects of information structure on native and non-native speakers’ choices in word‑order alternations. Her research is concerned with whether properties pertaining to different linguistic and extralinguistic levels cause difficulties for L2 learners – and if so, how these difficulties can be theoretically explained and then practically overcome in the L2 classroom.
Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities; Chair of German Studies and Film Media Theater
Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and cultures of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and transnational contexts; German literature, film, and sites of memory within transnational contexts; 19th century critical social thought through the lens of contemporary social critics; and the interrelationship between national processes of transitional justice and the work of memory in films by the descendants of genocide survivors and perpetrators in non-western contexts.
Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies
Lisha Xu teaches all levels of Chinese, from beginners to advanced. Her research focuses on technology-assisted language learning, translation and language learning.