Lee B. Abraham
Lee B. Abraham (Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics, University of New Mexico) joined the Department in the Fall 2012. He serves as Director of the Spanish Language Program.
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He has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Spanish language and linguistics, applied linguistics, foreign language teaching methodology, and instructional technology at the Pennsylvania State University-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.
Lee 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 review the workshop's schedule and the academic profiles of the workshop facilitators. Click here to view the plenary videos.
A May 2019 talk titled Culture, Memory, and Identity: Engaging the City to Transform Language Education in a Diverse, Mobile, and Interconnected World at the Annual Symposium of The Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning’s titled “Language Education in a Time of Crisis: Innovation, Adaptation, Transformation” focused on the importance of curriculum development that purposefully and meaningfully involves students' active dialogue, collaboration, and engagement with multicultural and multilingual communities outside of the classroom for making the world a better place for everyone.
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.