Special Announcement

Dear students of World Languages,

The department is closed but is addressing students’ inquiries via phone and via email. For matters pertaining to your particular language class please contact the coordinator of your language program listed on the side of this page. For general student questions email Paola.Ureni@csi.cuny.edu and Graceann.Rispoli@csi.cuny.edu, or leave a message at 718-982-3700 and someone will respond to you in a timely manner during business hours.

For information in regards to the Fast Track Placement examination, please click the link: Fast Track Placement Examination Page.

We appreciate your patience during this transitional time.

World Languages and Literatures Department Overview

The Department of World Languages and Literatures prepares students to flourish in our diverse city and interconnected world. Students who have majored in Italian and Spanish have gone on to successful careers, and they have been accepted at top Schools and PhD programs. We encourage all students to minor in a second language. Language skills and cultural competence provide the leading edge in the job market and advance intellectual and personal growth.


What are some obtainable jobs with World Languages and Literatures degrees?
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Export/Import
  • Manufacturing
  • Food Industry
  • Shipping
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Airlines
  • Banking
  • Diplomacy
  • Communications
  • Interpreting
  • Journalism
  • Telecommunications
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World Languages and Literatures Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty


Belmonti, Valeria
Director of the Media Center
Building 2S, Room 114
Phone:  718.982.3711

DeJesus, Melvin
Assistant Director of the Media Center
Building 2S, Room 114
Phone:  718.982.3711

Rispoli, GraceAnn
Cuny Administrative Assistant
Building 2S, Room 109
Phone:  718.982.3700

Martucci, Karen
College Assistant
Building 2S, Room 109
Phone:  718.982.3700


Adjunct Faculty

Alessandra Zavaglia
Alexandria Pucciarelli Miller
Anna Carter
Antonio Martinez-Meraz
Armando Escobar Gomez
Bianca Masilowsky
Colomba Varriano
Cynthia Soto Santiago
Damian Lambert
Dani Venditti
Daniele Gori Mariottini
Elizabeth McNelis
Filippo Fabbricatore  
Gema Rodriguez Ibarra
Giuliana Ammavuta
Hager Abouelkhair  
James Guido
Jeffrey Peer
Jennifer Smith
Jessica Wohlstetter
Jose Burbano
Juan Saborido
Katina White
Laura Cassarino
Lorena Paz Lopez
Luis Escamilla Frías
Mara Salvati
Maria Corona
Maria Porcell
Marinetta Paone
Mohamed Badr
Mohamed Mashaal
Oumar Toure
Paola Gambino Tranchina
Pauline Geudj
Pauline Guedj
Raul Miranda
Roa Harizi
Rosanna Forlano
Sergio Alves
Solmaz Lee
Stephen Ogumah
Tinny Lai
Valbona Zylo-Watkins
Viana Vassallo
Xiaoling Dong
Yu-Tsui Lin
Yurien Ribot

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Modern Languages Facilties

English/World Languages and Literature Building
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contacts

Department Chair
Lucas Marchante-Aragon
Phone : 718.982.3700
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of American Sign Language
Russel Rosen
Phone : 718.982.3700
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of Arabic
Oswaldo Zavala
Phone : 718.982.37002
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of Chinese
Jean Tsui
Phone : 718.982.3709
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of French
Jeanne-Rachel Leroux
Phone : 718.982.3883
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of Italian
Paola Ureni
Phone : 718.982.3707
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of Latin
Gerry Milligan
Phone : 718.982.3703
Contact Via Email
Coordinator of Spanish
Oswaldo Zavala
Phone : 718.982.3706
Contact Via Email