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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 HorwitzElaine Horwitz, Ph.D.
Foreign Language Education, Illinois University at Urbana-Champaign

Professor, Curriculum and Instruction: Foreign Language Education
Director, Graduate Program in Foreign Language Education

Elaine Horwitz is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and director of the Graduate Program in Foreign Language Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in Second Language Acquisition, Second Language Methodology and Teacher Education, and is widely published in the areas of foreign language anxiety, learner beliefs about language learning, and language learning strategies.  Dr. Horwitz has authored several books, including her most recent work Becoming a Language Teacher: A Practical Guide to  Second Language Learning and Teaching, as well as numerous articles on individual differences and communicative approaches to language and teaching.  Dr. Horwitz also hold an MA from the University of Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign in Second Language Learning and Teaching.  Before moving to the University of Texas at Austin, she taught courses in French, language teaching methodology and bilingual education at the State University College of New York at Buffalo.



Professor Adi RazAdi Raz, Ed.D.
Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary

Clinical Assistant Professor
Texas Language Center, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Adi Raz has worked at UT since 2008. She has earned her Ed.D in Jewish Education at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2009. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on teaching Hebrew as a second language to students with language learning disabilities. Dr. Raz also holds an Ed.M in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University which she earned in 2004. She has worked as a learning specialist and Hebrew language teacher at various preparatory schools in the New York Metropolitan area and has also written and adapted educational curriculum to students with learning disabilities. She has developed courses on cross-cultural communication, pragmatics, and language learning styles, which she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


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