Modern Languages Faculty
Dr. Montserrat Linares-Farras
Associate Professor of Spanish; Department Chair
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Dr. Montserrat Linares-Farras received her BA from the Universitat de Barcelona, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of Modern Languages Department at Elizabethtown College since 2002. She currently teaches Spanish and Latin American Literature, Spanish Advanced Grammar, and Conversation. Her research interests are the Spanish avant-garde novel and contemporary Spanish women writers. She co-edited the volume Women in the Spanish Novel Today: Reflections of Self in the Works of Three Generations of Writers, published by McFarland in 2009.
Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya
Associate Professor of Japanese
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Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya is an Associate Professor of Japanese and Asian Studies and has taught at Elizabethtown College since 2001. In the past she has held joint appointments with the departments of Modern Languages and Sociology and Anthropology. A native of India, she has taught Japanese in one of the premier institutions of India called Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU for short) in New Delhi for 13 years where she also got her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Japanese Language and Japanese Studies. Before coming to Elizabethtown College, she was a Visiting Fellow at University of Chicago and taught Japanese at DePaul University in Chicago and Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She was also the Director of the Women and Gender Studies program in the College and is a Co-Director of the Asian Studies program. Her research interests include postcolonial theory, women's studies, popular culture, language ideology, and second language acquisition.
Dr. Charla Lorenzen
Associate Professor of Spanish
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Dr. Lorenzen teaches Spanish courses and supervises the major in Spanish with Education Certification K-12 (Spanish Education) program. Her teaching and research interests include: foreign language teacher preparation, teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, and Service Learning as a teaching and learning method. The unifying theme across Dr. Lorenzen's teaching, research, and service experience is an intense interest in bringing linguistically and culturally diverse people together, through a shared love of learning about others' ways of expressing themselves and existing in our shared world, to engage in positive and productive ways.
Associate Professor of French
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Dr. Sharon Trachte holds a Ph.D. in French Literature from Binghamton University, New York. She teaches introductory and intermediate level grammar/culture, advanced reading of authentic texts, contemporary French society, and introduction to French literature. She teaches to empower students (major/minor/core) to reach specific outcomes in French. She teaches to empower them to continue learning after graduation, to make thoughtful decisions, and to participate in the global community. Her research interests support her teaching: connecting cognition, brain research, and second language acquisition to improve student learning. Theories that explain the learning process (constructivism, reader-response, reading comprehension, and the science of learning) inform her teaching. Empowerment begins with the careful construction of the learning experience, defined as how students engage with and process information, ideas, and concepts, outside of class and then in class.
Professor of English and German
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A native of Dublin, Ireland, Mark Harman is Professor of German and English. A prize-winning literary translator, he did his doctoral work at Yale University, and has taught at Dartmouth College, Oberlin College, Franklin and Marshall, and the University of Pennsylvania. Among his previous translations are Franz Kafka's novel The Castle, winner of the Modern Language Association's Lois Roth Award for literary translation; Kafka's first novel Amerika: The Missing Person; Hesse's selected letters, Soul of the Age; Robert Walser Rediscovered, which he edited and co-translated, and Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet (Harvard Univ. Press). He has also written extensively about modern German and Irish literature for newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post as well as literary and scholarly journals such as The Times Literary Supplement (London), New England Review, Sewanee Review, and Sinn und Form (Berlin). In addition to German language courses, he especially enjoys teaching literature, translation, and autobiography.
Dr. Kurt Barnada
Associate Professor of Spanish
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Kurt Barnada is an associate professor of Modern Languages. He instructs all levels of Spanish, including advanced-level courses on modern Spanish society and Spanish linguistics. He received his M.A degree in foreign languages from West Virginia University and his PhD in applied linguistics from Georgetown University. Early on in his career he was awarded a Dana Fellowship through Dartmouth College and the Charles A. Dana Foundation Collaborative Program. He later served as the College's first Director of International Studies, teaching and advising students from many places abroad. His current interests include work on aspects of Spanish dialectology and the interpretation and application of non-verbal behavior as an aid to enhanced second language learning.
Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi
Assistant Professor of Japanese
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A native of Japan, Dr. Nobuaki Takahashi is an Assistant Professor of Japanese. He received his BA in English from Kanda University of International Studies, MA in Asian Civilization with a specialization in Japanese Language Pedagogy from the University of Iowa, and PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Iowa. He currently teaches a various levels of Japanese language courses. His research interests include second language acquisition in Japanese, form-focused instruction, especially in error correction, and language learning strategies. He has teaching experiences at the University of Iowa, East Carolina University, Princeton in Ishikawa summer program, Middlebury College Japanese Summer School, Hokkaido International Foundation summer program, as well as K-12 education at Beaver Dam Unified School District in Wisconsin and Yujin Gakuen Japanese immersion program middle level in Eugene, OR.
Lecture of Chinese
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A native of China, Linye Jing is a Lecturer of Chinese in the Modern Languages Department. She teachers all levels of Chinese as well as courses on Chinese culture and society. Her teaching philosophy is to encourage student’s self-motivation and curiosity. She received her BA of Chinese language from Fudan University, and her MA of applied linguistics from Ohio University. Her research interests include second language acquisition in Chinese, working memory and language aptitude.