Kenneth Romeo

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Curriculum Vitae: 

Ken Romeo, Ph.D. is the Academic Technology Specialist for the Stanford Language Center and an instructor in English for Foreign Students.


BA Applied Physics, Rice University

MA Education, Stanford University

PhD Education, Stanford University

English for Foreign Students

Phil Hubbard

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by appointment
Curriculum Vitae: 
English for Foreign Students

Vivian Brates

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Pigott Hall 228
Stanford University, CA 94305

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Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus in Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as an International Consultant in Washington DC in roles such as Human Rights Observer (with the United Nations/OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti), Election Monitor (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala), advocate, and lobbyist. She has volunteered for the International Red Cross, and more recently for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, and the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the citizenship exam. In addition to her professional and volunteer pursuits, she enjoys traveling with her husband and teenage children, watching movies and plays, swimming, and working out.


Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
M.A. Degree, Latin American Studies Program. 1990.
Concentration on Economic Development

Johns Hopkins University / School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.
Course work on Politics of the International Economy. Summer, 1989.

University of California at Santa Barbara, California.
M.A. Degree, Spanish and Latin American Literature. 1987.

University of Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Argentina. 1981-1984.

Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bachiller, 1980.



  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interviewer, Full Certification

  • ACTFL Writing Proficiency Tester, Full Certification


Lisa Barge

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Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature


 Lisa Barge is a native Californian who earned her BA in German and BS in Physics at Arizona State University in 2008 before coming to Stanford to pursue an interdisciplinary project in the German Studies Department. She is interested in exploring those points at which science, technology and culture meet, and in bringing philosophical texts written by scientists into a broader humanistic context with an eye to creative nuances. Her dissertation is titled Beyond Objectivity: Questioning Shifting Scientific Paradigms in Erwin Schrödinger's Thought.

Currently on exchange at the Free University of Berlin, Germany.



Teaching Assistant/Instructor. German Language First-Year Sequence (3 Quarters), taught in German. Meets M-F. Responsibilities included bringing novice and intermediate speakers to the intermediate-mid level in German through a concentration on oral proficiency and exposure to authentic reading and listening materials; use of Deutsch: Na Klar!, multimedia (incld. films, online videos, web content), computerized oral and written exams, and oral proficiency interviews. Winter, Spring and Autumn 2011. 

Volunteer Instructor. Beginning German Conversation at Haus Mitteleuropa. Taught in German. Meets once per week. Responsibilities include helping novice speakers improve oral proficiency through activities designed according to student interest.  Spring 2009.

Tutor. Language and Orientation Tutoring Program. Responsibilities include meeting weekly with non-native English speaking graduate students to help them with oral communication (conversation and presentation skills), professional and casual writing, and American cultural literacy. Spring 2011 - Summer 2013

Arizona State University:

Teaching Assistant. Physics III: Waves, Thermodynamics & Optics. For majors. Responsibilities included grading and holding a weekly office hour. Spring 2008.

Teaching Assistant. University Physics III: Electricity and Magnetism. For non-majors. Responsibilities included grading, setting up and testing labs,  and guiding students through experiments during their weekly lab hour. Spring 2008.

Teaching Assistant. General Physics I. For non-majors. Responsibilities included grading and conducting a weekly recitation hour, which covered new concepts in greater detail. Fall 2006 and Spring 2007.


School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, Summer 2012    


Graduate Student Coordinator for the Language and Orientation Tutoring Program, Stanford University, 2012-13 AY

Stanford Ignite, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Summer 2013


Modern Languages Association

German Studies Association

The International Association for Philosophy and Literature 



Arizona State University:

B.A. in German Studies, May 2008                                                                      

B.S. in Physics, May 2008

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