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Lee B. Abraham

Lee B. Abraham
Lecturer Language Program Director / Co-Director Spanish Language Program Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Address
    402 Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
    612 West 116th Street
    Columbia University
    New York, NY 10027-0079
  • Office Hours
    Spring 2019: Monday & Wednesday 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. and by appointment
  • Phone
    (212) 854-3764
  • Fax
    (212) 854-5322
  • Email


Lee B. Abraham (PhD in Educational Linguistics, University of New Mexico) joined the Department in the Fall 2012. He serves as Co-Director of the Spanish Language Program with Angelina Craig-Flórez.

He has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Spanish language and linguistics, applied linguistics, foreign language teaching methods, and instructional technology at Penn State-Abington, Temple University, and Villanova University. He also served as a Language Program Coordinator at Villanova and Temple.

Lee also served on the Modern Language Association's Executive Committee / Forum of the Division of Applied Linguistics.

Academic Statement


He believes in the importance of understanding the relationships between cultures, communities, and communication. He strives to create a classroom environment that encourages critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

Lee organized, along with his colleagues at Columbia and Barnard, a 2-day workshop focusing on the use of urban and linguistic landscapes in language teaching and learning, which was sponsored by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning and many departments, centers, and institutes at Columbia University and Barnard College.

Click here to see the workshop's schedule and the facilitators' bios.  Click here to view the plenary videos.


His current research, aligned with his teaching, focuses on assessment, urban studies, interdisciplinary approaches to language learning and teaching, multiliteracies, and the use of new media.

He co-edited with Lawrence Williams, Electronic Discourse in Language Learning and Language Teaching (John Benjamins), a volume that analyzes language use and communicative practices in new media. His work has appeared in Language Teaching Research, Hispania, Foreign Language Annals, and Computer Assisted Language Learning.