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Language Center

Director: Elizabeth Bernhardt

Associate Director: Joan Molitoris

Assistant Director: Patricia de Castries

African and Middle Eastern Languages

Senior Lecturers: Khalil Barhoum (Coordinator, and Minor Adviser: Arabic Language and Literature), Vered Shemtov (Jewish Language and Literature)

Lecturers: Salem Aweiss, Estee Greif, Jon Levitow, Selina Makana (Fulbright Scholar), Khalid Obeid, Gallia Porat, Ramzi Salti, Galen Sibanda

Catalan Language

Lecturers: Joan Molitoris (Coordinator and Associate Director, Language Center), Todd Mack

Chinese Language

Coordinator: Chao Fen Sun (Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures)

Lecturers: Marina Chung, Michelle DiBello, Sik Lee Dennig, Nina Lin, Yu-hwa Liao Rozelle, Huazhi Wang, Jingning Xu, Hong Zeng, Youping Zhang, Qi Zhu

English for Foreign Students

Director and Senior Lecturer: Philip Hubbard

Senior Lecturer: Beverley McChesney (on leave)

Lecturers: Robyn Brinks Lockwood, Carole Mawson, Andrea Kevech, Kenneth Romeo, Constance Rylance, Seth Streichler

French Language

Lecturers: Jane Dozer-Rabedeau, Heather Howard, Tanya Shashko (Coordinator), Maria Cristina Urruela, Thomas Villemonteix

German Language

Lecturer: Paul Nissler (Coordinator)

Senior Lecturers: William E. Petig, Kathryn Strachota

Italian Language

Lecturers: Marta Baldocchi, Anna Cellinese (Coordinator), Alessandra McCarty, Giovanni Tempesta

Japanese Language

Coordinator: Yoshiko Matsumoto (Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures)

Senior Lecturer: Kazuko M. Busbin

Lecturers: Hisayo O. Lipton, Momoyo K. Lowdermilk, Emiko Yasumoto Magnani, Kiyomi Nakamura, Yoshiko Tomiyama

Korean Language

Lecturers: Hee-Sun Kim (Coordinator), Soomi Pak (Fulbright Scholar)

Portuguese Language

Senior Lecturer: Lyris Wiedemann (Coordinator)

Slavic Language

Senior Lecturer: Rima Greenhill

Lecturer: Eugenia Khassina (Coordinator)

Spanish Language

Senior Lecturer: Irene Corso

Lecturers: Vivian Brates, Loreto Catoira, Citlalli del Carpio,Irene Corso, Alice Miano (Coordinator), Joan Molitoris (Associate Director, Language Center), Paul Nissler, Carimer Ortiz Cuevas, Consuelo Perales, Veronika Reinhold, Candy Renfro, Kara Sanchez, Cintia Santana, Ana M. Sierra, MarŪa Cristina Urruela, Hae-Joon Won

Special Language Program

Lecturers: Anubha Anushree (Fulbright Scholar), Sneha Desai, Cathy Haas, Eva Prionas (Coordinator, Modern Greek Language and Literature), Janeth Seno (Fulbright Scholar)

Tibetan Language Program

Lecturer and Coordinator: Robert W. Clark

Language Center Offices: Building 30

Mail Code: 94305-2015

Department Phone: (650) 725-9222


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Language Center are listed under the following subject codes on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site: AMELANG (African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures), CATLANG (Catalan Language), CHINLANG (Chinese Language), EFSLANG (English for Foreign Students), FRENLANG (French Language), GERLANG (German Language), ITALLANG (Italian Language), JAPANLNG (Japanese Language), KORLANG (Korean Language), PORTLANG (Portuguese Language), SLAVLANG (Slavic Language), SPANLANG (Spanish Language), SPECLANG (Special Language), and TIBETLNG (Tibetan Language).

The Stanford Language Center oversees all language instruction at Stanford. The center's charge is to guarantee that Stanford language programs are of the highest quality; to develop and administer achievement and proficiency tests needed to implement the language requirement; to provide technical assistance and support to the graduate students, lecturers, and faculty who deliver Stanford's language instruction; and to take leadership in research and development efforts in language learning. The Language Center is a unit within the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

The African and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures Program (AME) offers classes in Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili, and African languages not regularly taught at Stanford. Based on current funding and student requests, the courses planned for 2009-10 are listed below. Additional languages may still be offered upon request, provided funding is available. Requests for the 2010-11 academic year should be made by Spring Quarter of this year at the AME program office by email to All beginning-level, three-unit courses are offered on a S/NC basis only. Intermediate-level and four-unit courses are offered with a grading option. Beginning and intermediate each refer to an academic year's sequence of language study. Most three-unit language courses are offered for a two-year, three quarter sequence: 'A' suffix courses are taught Autumn; 'B' suffix courses are taught Winter; 'C' suffix courses are taught Spring. Those who have taken courses in the relevant language at another institution, or have previous knowledge of the language, can request to be tested. Tests are comprised of two parts, written and oral. Students must display first-year proficiency in the requested language to fulfill the requirement. Testing is guaranteed only for languages currently offered. Students planning to take a test must contact the AME program no later than the Spring Quarter of their sophomore year. To submit a request for language testing or to request that a language be taught, and for further information on the program, see Language courses may not be repeated for credit and must be taken in sequence.

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