Suwako Watanabe

Suwako Watanabe is a professor of Japanese in the department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University.  She has taught at PSU since 1990, and has the main responsibilities of teaching and curriculum supervision at the 300- and 400-level Japanese language courses.  Her research interests include discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, and language assessment. She is a certified trainer and tester of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, a nationally recognized assessment to measure language proficiency.  She has conducted a number of ACTFL workshops on OPI, Writing Proficiency Test, and Proficiency Guidelines Familiarization.   

Dr. Watanabe is passionate about working with real language data such as recorded conversation among students and recorded group discussion during class, encouraging graduate and undergraduate students to go out in the real world, collect discourse data, and transcribe it as a class assignment. Her publication, “Climactic effect markers in spoken and written narrative: Japanese conditionals tara and to,” (TEXT & TALK 2012) is a result of such endeavor.   

KyungAh Yoon

KyungAh Yoon is a senior instructor in the Department of World Languages & Literature at Portland State University. She oversees the Korean language program and teaches the language and culture. Prior to teaching at Portland State, She taught at Columbia University for seven years and instructed professionals as an adjunct at The Korea Society, New York City, where she also served on the selection committee for their scholarship programs. She also lectured at The Ohio State University and taught Korean language and culture. She is interested in designing technology-mediated instruction and developing online and mobile learning environments for Korean language. 

Ms. Yoon holds an Ed.M. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Language, Literacy, & Technology from Columbia University. She received an M.A. in East Asian Languages & Cultures with a concentration in language pedagogy from The Ohio State University, and earned a B.A. in Asian Studies from Williams College.

Anousha Sedighi

Dr. Anousha Sedighi is Professor of Persian and the Persian section head at Portland State University. Her areas of research are Persian linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, and Persian as a heritage language. Her second book Persian in Use: An Elementary Textbook of Language and Culture was published in 2015 by Leiden University Press & University of Chicago Press and is currently taught at numerous universities. Dr. Sedighi is the co-designer of the Computerized Assessment of Persian Proficiency Tests, a project of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon and the Kevorkian Center for Near East Studies at New York University. She is also the designer of the advanced and superior level Content Based instructional material as part of the CBI Path project of the Middle East Studies Center at PSU. Dr. Sedighi has had several leadership positions in nationally leading organizations. She was the president of the American Association of Teachers of Persian from 2014-2016 and she is currently serving in the executive board of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. Dr. Sedighi has been trained by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages on Oral Proficiency Interviews for Persian.

Duygu van Nellen

Duygu van Nellen (MA in TESL) has been active in the adult education field since 2007. She taught various adult literacy and language classes, in addition to second and third year Turkish language and culture courses at Portland State University. Her focus is culture-related, functional, content-based instruction.

Since 2013, Duygu has also been working as an instructional designer and e-learning developer, creating and editing online and face-to-face language instruction content for use by government agencies, language learning software companies and in academia, as well as non-language related elearning materials in the corporate sphere. Her current academic research interests include principles of e-learning and instructional design models.

Yasmeen Hanoosh

Yasmeen Hanoosh is a literary translator, writer, and associate professor of Arabic in the department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University.  She has taught at PSU since 2010, and has the main responsibilities of teaching upper-division Arabic courses, supervising the Arabic section, and curricular development of Arabic courses.  Her research interests include Arabic fiction, minorities in the Middle East, and proficiency-based language instruction.  She has created Arabic language online lessons on CBI-PATH, which are content-based and open-access. 

Dr. Hanoosh has been teaching the Arabic language for several years. Before coming to PSU she taught at the University of Michigan (2002-2009), al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco (2003, 2005); The American University in Beirut, Lebanon (2004); The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA (2003); and Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA (2007-2008).

Moshe Rachmuth

Dr. Moshe Rachmuth has a Ph.D. in Comparative literature from the University of Oregon and is a senior instructor II at Portland State University, where he has worked since 2012. His teaching and life interests include Modern Hebrew, Biblical Studies, creative writing, humor and chess.

Hsiao-Yun Shotwell

Hsiao-Yun Shotwell is an adjunct instructor in the Department of World Languages & Literature at Portland State University. She has taught first year, second year and third year Chinese courses at Portland State University since 2006. She established the Chinese Department at Portland Community College in 2009 and currently is the head of Chinese Department there. She has developed first and second year Chinese courses and two culture courses at Portland Community College. Hsiao-Yun Shotwell has a M.A. in TESOL. Her interests are in second language acquisition, teaching methods and community learning.

Yara Khoja

Yara Khoja has a M.A. in TESOL from Concordia University and has been an adjunct instructor in the World Languages and Literature Department - Arabic section at Portland State University since 2015. Yara has taught Arabic language and culture classes at different universities and schools around Portland, including Lincoln Highschool, Lewis and Clark College and Concordia University. 

Atefeh Oliai

Educated in a double immersion Franco-Perse program at Jeanne d'Arc, Dr. Oliai experienced learning a second language upon communicative method of instruction.She received her PhD in French Literature and Pedagogy form University of Wi. Madison and  since graduation has pursued regularly trainings for classroom practices and curriculum creation. After more than twenty five years of classroom and/ or private language instruction, Dr. Oliai believes  that there is no one method capable to answer the variety of students learning style and needs; therefore she tries to tailor her  techniques to each group of students ‘capabilities. Years of teaching convinced  her that extralinguistic factors are extremely important and the instructor’s enthusiasm is contagious. Students are more receptive to instructors who enjoy teaching, an asset which they detect very easily. 

"Among all the positions I have held, I feel education respond most to my calling, in fact for me research and  teaching is not a profession, but is what defines me most."

 Languages: Persian ( native) French ( Near native) Dari and Tajiki ( nea native) Iatlian ( reading knowledge) 

 Dr. Oliai created Persian language and Culture programa at UW.Wisc. Sand Diego State. U. Amercian councils for International Education : Tajikistan and Turkey. 

Author of: Iranian Panorama vol. II,III,and IV

Online Persian lessons: Langnet, Gloss, NYU, U.Wis. SDSU and many more...

Oral Profiiecny  Interveiwer  certified by ACTFL.

Atefeh Oliai

Subject Matter Expert   test developmentEducated in a double immersion Franco-Perse program at Jeanne d'Arc, Dr. Oliai experienced learning a second language upon communicative method of instruction.She received her PhD in French Literature and Pedagogy form University of Wi. Madison and  since graduation has pursued regularly trainings for classroom practices and curriculum creation. After more than twenty five years of classroom and/ or private language instruction, of Persian, French and English, as well as instructor trainings,  Dr. Oliai believes  that there is no one method capable to answer the variety of students learning style and needs; therefore she tries to tailor her  techniques to each group of students capabilities. Years of teaching convinced  her that extralinguistic factors are extremely important and the instructor’s enthusiasm is contagious: " Students are more receptive to instructors who enjoy teaching, an asset which they detect very easily. 

Among all the positions I have held, I feel education responds most to my calling, in fact for me research and  teaching is not a profession, but is what defines me most."

 Languages: Persian ( native) French ( Near native) Dari and Tajiki ( near native) Iatlian ( reading knowledge) 

 Dr. Oliai created Persian language and Culture programa at UW.Wisconsin. Sand Diego State. U. Amercian councils for International Education : Tajikistan and Turkey. 

Author of: Iranian Panorama vol. II,III,and IV

Online Persian lessons:ACTFL,NFLC,DLPT, Langnet, Gloss, NYU, U.Wis. SDSU and many more...

Subject Matter Expert ,online  test development

Oral Profiiecny  Interveiwer  certified by ACTFL.