| Email: CBarrera-Tobon@gc.cuny.edu
Razran 372 / Tel: (718)997-4609
I was born in Armenia, a small city in the heart of the coffee region in Colombia, and I moved to Chicago, where I was raised, at the age of six. I attended the University of Florida where I discovered my passion for languages and linguistics the summer before my senior year. After beginning my Masters at the University of Illinois at Chicago, life brought me to New York to pursue a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center. My research interests include language acquisition and sociolinguistics, especially languages in contact. I love learning languages; I speak Spanish, English, French, Italian and I just started my first German class this semester.
As a Graduate Teaching Fellow at CUNY I taught Spanish and Linguistics courses, including a graduate and an undergraduate level class at Queens on foreign language literacy. Since the Fall 2006 semester, I worked at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society where we worked towards an improved curriculum for New York City high school students with very low literacy skills in their native language, and consequently in English. Through this experience I have become familiar with the despair and frustration endemic to individuals struggling to communicate in a language other than their native tongue.
I hope to work on behalf of students by promoting critical thinking and literacy, and consequently helping students accomplish their highest aspirations. I believe that I bring a unique perspective to the WAC program at Queens not only as a linguist, but also as a
polyglot with a background in literacy and pedagogy, and that my experience as an English Language Learner (ELL) and a teacher of ELLs can be an important asset to the Writing Fellows program given CUNY’s diverse student body.