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World Languages and Literatures

Dear students of World Languages,

If you find the department office closed we will be able to address your 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 and, or leave a message at 718-982-3700 and someone will respond to you in a timely manner during business hours.

Information about placement exams can be found at this page: Fast Track Placement Examination Page

For the tutoring schedule visit here.

Professor Ruth Calderon-GutierrezRemembering Professor Ruth Calderon-Gutierrez

Ruth Calderon-Gutierrez was a Spanish professor at CSI from 1965 until her retirement in 2010. When she retired, she was the longest-serving member of our department, and possibly in the College as a whole. She taught hundreds, if not thousands, of students in all levels of Spanish language, civilization, and literature. She specialized in pre-Hispanic civilizations and shared her love of indigenous cultures with her students and colleagues. Ruth also organized poetry-memorization competitions for students. Her colleagues will undoubtedly remember her office, which was packed with artwork and artifacts from Latin America and around the world. She was instrumental in hiring many of the current members of our department’s faculty. She was also a native French speaker, in addition to Spanish. Her family had fled France in 1941, after her father escaped from a Nazi internment camp outside of Paris and, with the help of the International Rescue Committee, emigrated to the United States. She had a remarkable life and she is missed.

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

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


Alessandra Zavaglia
Alexandria Pucciarelli Miller
Anna Carter
Antonio Martinez-Meraz
Armando Escobar Gomez
Benedetta Cutolo
Bianca Masilowsky
Colomba Varriano
Damian Lambert
Dani Venditti
Filippo Fabbricatore
Gema Rodriguez Ibarra
Giuliana Ammavuta
Hager Abouelkhair
Jessica Wohlstetter
Jose Burbano
Juan Saborido
Kai Krienke
Laura Cassarino
Lorena Paz Lopez
Luis Escamilla Frías
Mara Salvati
Maria Corona
Maria Forlano
Marinetta Paone
Mohamed Badr
Mohamed Mashaal
Natalie Piccione
Oumar Toure
Paola Gambino Tranchina
Pauline Geudj
Raul Miranda
Roa Harizi
Sergio Alves
Solmaz Lee
Stelmach Spencer
Tinny Lai
Valbona Zylo-Watkins
Xiaoling Dong
Yu-Tsui Lin
Yurien Ribot
CSI Modern Languages Media Center

Modern Languages Media Center

The mission of the Modern Languages Media Center is to facilitate the integration of instructional technology into foreign language courses.

Français @ CUNY


Français @ CUNY is a French language education site to foster exchanges among French-language CUNY faculty across campuses.

English/World Languages and Literature Building
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contacts

Department Chair

Lucas Marchante-Aragon

Building 2S, Room 109
Email Lucas Marchante-Aragon

Coordinator of American Sign Language

Russel Rosen

Building 2S, Room 117A
Email Russel Rosen

Coordinator of Arabic

Sarah Pollack

Building 2S, Room 101
Email Sarah Pollack

Coordinator of Chinese

Jean Tsui

Building 2S, Room 110

Coordinator of French

Jeanne-Rachel Leroux

Building 2S, Room 210
Email Jeanne-Rachel Leroux

Co-Cordinator of Italian

Paola Ureni

Building 2S, Room 106
Email Paola Ureni

Co-Cordinator Italian

Chiara Ferrari

Building 2S-103
Email Chiara Ferrari

Coordinator of Latin

Gerry Milligan

Building 2S, Room 102
Email Gerry Milligan

Coordinator of Spanish

Francisco Salgado-Robles

Building 2S, Room 104
Email Francisco Salgado-Robles