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Professor Thomas GarzaThomas Garza, Ed.D.
Foreign Language Education, Harvard University

Director, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor
Texas Language Center, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature

Thomas Garza is the Director of the Texas Language Center and Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, where he teaches Russian, foreign language pedagogy, and Russian popular culture. He has been traveling to Russia since 1979 and has lived in Moscow for over five years. A native Texan, Dr. Garza received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1987. During his twenty-plus-year tenure at the University, he has received several prizes for undergraduate teaching, including the Texas Excellence Award, the President’s Associates Award, the Harry Ransom Award, and the Burnt Orange Apple Award. In 2004 he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and in 2009 was named a Regents’ Outstanding Teacher in the UT System.



Professor Elaine HorwitzAnn M. Keller-Lally, Ph.D.
Applied Linguistics/Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Professor, German

Ann Keller-Lalley is a Language Training Supervisor in the division of European and African Languages at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State in Washington D.C.  She holds a Ph.D. (2006) in Germanic Studies with a concentration in applied linguistics and pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught German in a variety of contexts since 1998 - as a teacher at Colorado High School, an instructor at Aims Community College, an assistant instructor at UT-Austin, and as an assistant professor of German at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.  She also served as a Russian linguist in the US Army Military Intelligence Corp from 1986-1990.



Professor Christina HoffmanChristina Hoffman

Director of Continuing Training and Testing
School of Language Studies
Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State

Christina Hoffman has been managing the Continuing Training and Testing Division since its inception in 2001.  Her state Department career started in 1981, as a Romanian Language and Culture instructor.  Subsequently, she applied her formal Romance Linguistics background to curriculum development and staff training, multilingual computing, registration database administration, publications and copyright, technology and foreign languages, language testing, distance language learning production and delivery, and continuing education through post language programs.  Christina co-chairs the Interagency Language Roundtable Testing Committee, and has presented at many U.S. and international conferences.
Among many internal state department publications, the Romanian Reference Grammar that Christina wrote as a lunch break activity to help students understand a grammatical structure that is close to classical Latin was pirated by a publisher and remains the only such grammar on the market.


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