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Faculty | M.A. in P-12 Multilingual, Multicultural Education

Julianne Bryant

  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages
  • Associate Professor of Modern Languages

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., Temple University
  • M.A., Marywood University
  • B.S.W., Cabrini College
  • B.A. Cabrini College

Julianne Bryant earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Social Work from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She also earned a Master of Arts in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed a master's degree and a doctorate in Spanish from Temple University with a specialization in Hispanic Linguistics. Her dissertation was...

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Luciano Cid

  • Interim Director of Elementary Education
  • Assistant Professor

    Luciano Cid grew up in Argentina until he was thirteen years of age. It was then when his parents made the complex decision to immigrate to the United States in search of a better life for their children. At the beginning, Cid struggled both socially and academically, which was something he had never experienced before. With time, he began to be able to communicate using his second language...

    Research Interests

    • Examining the interactions that exist between neurology, psychology, education, and spirituality/religion.
    • Investigating, designing, and implementing redemptive classroom management systems, investigating how teachers can parallel the ways in which the Judeo-Christian God has chosen to disciple rather than simply just discipline or punish His creation.
    • The role of empathy and grace in maintaining a child’s ability to develop well balanced interpersonal, intrapersonal, academic, and professional lives.
    • The lack of gender, ethnic, and multilingual diversity within the teaching staff of schools (in particular pre-schools and elementary schools), the impact that this lack of diversity has on students, and how policy could provide solutions for it.
    • The necessity to add a third dimension (i.e., appropriate pedagogical techniques) to the two-dimensional model introduced by Anderson, Krathwohl, et. al (2001) during their revision of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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    Carolina Serna

    • Associate Professor

      Carolina Serna began her teaching career in 1991 in the Culver City Unified School District as a third grade bilingual teacher. Her teaching experience at the elementary level in rural, inner city and suburban settings, and at the university level continue to inform her teaching and research.

      Her areas of research include literacy development in sociocultural contexts, teacher preparation and...

      Courses

      • SEED520/LEDU420 English Language Arts/Reading
      • SEED549/LEDU380 Children's Literature
      • SEED535/LEDU335 Child Development: Birth to Adolescence 
      • SEED541/LEDU341 Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Children

      Research Interests

      • Literacy/Biliteracy
      • Indigenous Students
      • Bilingual Education
      • Teacher Preparation
      • Education Policy

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      Nicholas Block

      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
      • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
      • B.A., Stanford University

      After beginning his career in education as a science teacher in Bogotá, Colombia in 1984, Nick Block has worked most of his years in the U.S. as a public school teacher in grades three to five in a variety of language settings. At Biola, Block has taught since 2014 in the undergraduate, graduate, and Induction/Clear Credential programs. He has mainly taught courses in philosophy of education,...

      Research Interests

      • Dual-language Schools
      • Vocabulary Development
      • Spiritual Lives of Teachers

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      Jenna Canillas

      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., University of California Riverside
      • M.A., Biola University
      • B.A., Bethel College

      Jenna Canillas specializes in the area of English learners and second language acquisition. Her professional roles have included professor, classroom teacher, District ELD Coach, Program Specialist for District English Learner Programs, Program Specialist for Gifted and Talented Education, and new teacher mentor as a BTSA support provider and academy instructor. Canillas holds a M.A. in Applied...

      Research Interests

      • Second language acquisition
      • Long-term English learners
      • Content area literacy
      • Technology in education
      • Strengths-based education
      • Gifted education

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      John Liang

      • Program Director of TESOL Department
      • Professor of TESOL

      • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
      • M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
      • B.A., Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

      A native of Canton, China, Dr. Liang loves language studies and enjoys exploring theory and practice in language learning and teaching! He currently teaches in the graduate and undergraduate TESOL programs that offer teacher education courses to both pre- and in-service English teachers. Before joining the faculty at Biola in 2001, he directed an ESL program in the University of California,...

      Research Interests

      • Pedagogical English grammar
      • Teaching second language reading and writing
      • Technology for language learning and teaching
      • Second language assessment

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      Michael Lessard-Clouston

      • Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL

      • Ph.D., University of Toronto
      • M.Ed., University of Toronto
      • M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary
      • Hons. B.A., York University

      Michael Lessard-Clouston aims to help equip students for a variety of careers that address language-related issues. Before coming to Biola in 2005, he served for 10.5 years as a professor of English and Language Education at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. His doctoral work was on second language education and literacy, and he is on the review boards for the Japan Journal of...

      Research Interests

      • Corpora in language learning and teaching
      • Second language acquisition
      • Vocabulary learning and teaching

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      Denise Reid

      • Associate Professor

      • PhD., Chapman University
      • Multiple Subject Credential, Hope International University
      • M.A., Cal State Fullerton
      • B.A., Cal Poly Pomona

      Denise Reid has her Ph.D. from Chapman University, an M.S. from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Reid holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has decades of educational experience.Here experience includes facilitating the successful transition of high school students to post-secondary settings. Additionally, she...

      Research Interests

      • Exploring the Lived Experiences of Individuals who Attended, Taught, or Served as Administrators at All-Black Segregated Schools during Jim Crow
      • Impact of Brown v. Board on Current Educational System
      • Higher Education Policy Related to the Disclosure Process of Students with Disabilities Transition to Postsecondary Education for Students from Marginalized Groups

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      Lorelei Coddington

      • Liberal Studies Chair
      • Associate Professor

      • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
      • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
      • B.A., Biola University

      Lorelei Coddington has served in numerous roles such as professor, classroom teacher, researcher, and curriculum consultant, which have enabled her to support teacher development through coursework taught at Biola University, Claremont Graduate University and Whittier College. She received her Doctor of Education from Claremont Graduate University in 2014. Coddington’s research examines teacher...

      Courses

      • Educational inquiry
      • Mathematical discourse in the context of the Common Core
      • Models and strategies for teaching and learning
      • Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
      • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Mathematics and Science
      • Learning and Learners
      • Multiple Subject Curriculum & Pedagogy: Language Arts with History-Social Science and visual and performing arts
      • Second Language Acquisition Theory and Methodology
      • Literacy Development in the Elementary Classroom
      • Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives in Education

      Research Interests

      • Teaching and learning contexts
      • Teacher cognition and identity — teacher knowledge, reflection and practice
      • Innovative designs for preservice teacher education and teacher professional development

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