Language Resource Center
Faculty and Staff
Stéphane Charitos Director
Christopher Kaiser is the Associate Director of the Columbia University Language Resource Center. He received his B.A. in Italian and Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, his M.A. in Italian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Italian Literature from Yale University. His areas of interest include second language pedagogy, distance learning, artificial intelligence, inter-institutional collaboration, and language-learning advocacy. He is also the host of Said & Done, the LRC’s monthly podcast about language learning: https://www.lrc.columbia.edu/podcast/
Darcy PleckhamSystems Administrator
Simon Zuberek Educational Technologist
As the educational technologist at the Language Resource Center, Simon helps devise creative and effective ways of incorporating technology in language classroom.
Simon received his B.A. in Germanic Studies and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then went on to earn an M.A. in Germanic Studies and Second Language Acquisition, followed by an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Illinois Chicago. He is currently working on a degree in Computational Linguistics at the Graduate College at CUNY.
His academic work resides at the crossroads of formal and applied linguistics, and computer science. He is particularly interested in oral practice. Automated scoring of open-ended spoken responses, intelligent tutoring, grammatical error detection and correction, or spoken dialog solutions, are some of the classroom applications of NLP Simon has been investigating.
You can learn more about Simon here.
Shared Course Initiative Program Manager
Vera Felder is the Program Manager of the Shared Course Initiative, an inter-institutional collaboration between Columbia, Cornell, and Yale Universities for supporting and sustaining less commonly taught languages.
Before joining Columbia’s Language Resource Center, she earned her doctorate degree from the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. and B.A. in Linguistics from San Francisco State University. Her area of interest is cognitive linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition and teaching methodologies.