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Christina Frei is Senior Lecturer and Director of Language Instruction at the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Penn. She also is the Academic Director, Penn Language Center.
Teaching represents the most immediate and rewarding venue of combining Christina Frei’s research projects, application of technology and language education. She received the 2010 SAS Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty
Her research project analyzes discourse strategies in a computer learner corpus (CLC), creating a stable and longitudinal CLC by using text-retrieval software for assessing new descriptions of L2 language. Frei designed and implemented the curriculum of the language program at the Freie Universität Berlin international Summer and Winter University (FUBiS), the department’s summer study-abroad venue. In addition, Frei regularly offers courses in Second Language Acquisition (GRMN 516), Teaching and Learning with Technology (GRMN 517), and directs all courses in the two-year language program.
Frei received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis with a Special Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. She specializes in new approaches to the teaching of German and diverse applications of technology in the foreign-language classroom and has co-written “Co-Constructing Learning: The Dynamic Nature of Foreign Language Pedagogy in a CMC Environment”. Current projects include the expansion of the Homo.Cyber site and research in the development of students’ discourse competence within threaded discussion, in particular Blackboard.
Carlos Menendez is Group Executive, Global Debit, for MasterCard Worldwide. In this position, Mr. Menendez is responsible for innovation, commercialization and development of market strategies for the global portfolio of MasterCard debit products, including Debit MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands.
Mr. Menendez has extensive consumer banking experience—spanning Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas— and prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Menendez held a number of positions at Citigroup, where he worked for more than 14 years. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer for Western Europe, responsible for a full range of consumer banking products across four European countries (UK, Belgium, Spain and Greece). Before this, he was the EMEA regional cards director and divisional consumer head for the Nordics. As the regional cards director, he was responsible for the cards business strategy and execution for more than 18 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr. Menendez also was the CFO of Citi’s affinity/agent card business in Delaware and Portfolio manager for Citicards in Brazil. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Menendez worked in Brand Management with Procter & Gamble and with a law office in Washington DC.
Mr. Menendez holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.
Dr. Pomerantz began her career teaching Spanish and Latin to middle school students. She later taught Spanish to undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania for six years, where she coordinated the department’s elementary and intermediate language programs. In addition to developing numerous language courses, she worked closely with newly arrived graduate students on their teaching portfolios and pedagogical practices. Dr. Pomerantz has also taught English as an additional language in a variety of university settings, focusing primarily on the acquisition of academic literacy. Since 2001, she has been teaching at Penn GSE in the TESOL, Intercultural Communication, and Educational Linguistics programs. She is also the founder and director of the GSE Writing Coach Program, which provides one-on-one support for international students across the school struggling with academic writing.