Coalition Language Representatives

  Shahnaz Ahmadeian has been involved with the SDSU-STARTALK program (San Diego State University) since 2008. Since 2013, she has directed a variety of STARTALK student and teacher training workshops. She is also the vice-principal of the Iranian heritage school in San Diego, one of the biggest and oldest Persian heritage schools outside Iran, with over 250 students every year. She has co-authored six textbooks specifically designed for heritage students for the school’s beginner to advanced level courses, many of which are used by other heritage schools worldwide. She holds a Master’s degree in Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia. She is working toward a Ph.D. in Education at the Joint Doctoral Program at Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, heritage language teaching and learning, and teacher education and preparation. She is the Director of Programs at SDSU-LARC (Language Acquisition Resource Center), where she supervises the beginner-level language courses offered by the center and directs two grant-funded programs (STARTALK and SAILN). In her role as the director of the Southern Area International Languages Network (SAILN), one of the California World Language Project’s sites, she manages and leads their professional development programs and other ongoing activities. She has many years of experience in developing, overseeing, and administering professional development programs for language teachers.

 Farrokh Farrokhzad, Ph.D., holds a Bachelor and Master of Art in English Language and Literature and a Doctor of Education. He represents Persian (Farsi) and Azerbaijani Turkish (Azari) with the Coalition. He managed and directed language schools in the Middle East for 15 years and taught, supervised, and trained teachers Middle East public and private schools for 12 years. He is proficient in English, Persian, Azerbaijani or Azeri, also known as Azerbaijani Turkish (his mother tongue), and familiar with Arabic and French. His concentration in his doctoral research was on Phenomenological Insights into Farsi Heritage Language Maintenance Among Second-Generation Iranian Americans. He has been active with Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), TESOL Arabia, Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario Canada (ATIO), National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Alliance Language Network. Farrokh has been teaching English literature as an adjunct professor, English Language Art and Reading (ELAR), and writing, English as a second language (ESL), English as a foreign language (EFL) in the United States since 2104.

 Soheil Mansouri, Ph.D., teaches Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) courses at Webster University in Missouri, having taught previously at Florida State University. He earned his master's degree in Foreign and Second Language Teaching with the focus on TESL, and his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Foreign and Second Language Education from Florida State University. His research interests include heritage language learning and motivational factors in maintaining a heritage language; specifically, Persian heritage language maintenance, TESL methods, and second language motivation and maintenance. He has also served as a co-director and instructional lead of two fully granted STARTALK Programs, and site visitor and consultant for the STARTALK programs, which focuses on promoting the acquisition of critical languages in the United States. Dr. Mansouri has more than 15 years of teaching experience between the United States and Iran, including EFL instruction in elementary schools, ESL adult instruction at the university level, and TESL courses for both pre-service and in-service teachers seeking TESOL certification.

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2019