B.A. Italian Language and Literature: San Francisco State University
Studies in Italian at The University of Florence and Universita' per gli Stranieri, Perugia, Italia and Centro Studi Italiani, Urbania
M.A. English (Concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language), San Francisco State University
Born in San Francisco, California many years ago of immigrant parents from Northern Italy, about sixty miles north of Venice. Ever since I was a young student, I have loved learning about other cultures and languages. As a result of this passion, I have traveled around the world, attending university in Italy and visiting over 55 countries.
I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies at San Francisco State University. After receiving an MA in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in 1977, I trained teachers in Algeria at the Institute of Electronics and Electricity (1977-78) and then spent a year in Prishtina, Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Lectureship. In 1985, after spending seven years coordinating the SSALI program (Sonoma State American Language Institute) at Sonoma State University, I came to Santa Rosa Junior College, where I have mainly taught ESL classes in grammar, writing and oral communication. I also have taught beginning Italian conversation and English 100B and 1A with the Puente Program.
My wife, Julie, also teaches on this campus in College Skills math, but we try not to talk about work when at home. We have two children, a daughter who is a contracts attorney at the University of Hawaii and a son who is medical social worker at a skilled nursing facility in the East Bay. I enjoy traveling, especially leading study tours in Urbania, Italy during the summer months,and have spent a month in Southeast Asia, three weeks in Peru and Bolivia and two volunteer tours training teachers in Ambato, Ecuador. I have been to Cuba four times and am leading a tour there again in the spring of 2016, Also am leading a tour to Italy and France in May and possibly to Myanmar(Burma) in January of 2017.
Hope to see you in one of my classes. Good luck with your studies at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Professional Areas of Interest:
Phonology and Linguistics
CALL(Computers Applications in Language and Literacy)
Vocational ESL- especially Childhood Education and Horticulture
World Cultures Garden- an ESL-sponsored international study garden of medicinal/culinary herbs
Professional Involvement and Community Service:
TESOL(Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
CATESOL (California Teachers of English as a Second Language)
WSCA (Western States Communication Association)
Sonoma County Herb Association
North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation
YMCA International Programs Committee
Santa Rosa United Club Soccer
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