Doctoral Student Spotlights

Robert Raymond

Multilingual Multicultural Studies

  • Robert Raymond
I chose this Doctoral Program Because:
Our doctoral program offered the best match for my research interests in early foreign language teaching in the New York metro area at the time I applied to PhD programs in 2004.
My academic passion is:
That my research serves the interests of early foreign language teachers
In 5 or 10 years I hope to:
Complete a monograph of early language teachers from around the USA, especially in the most unlikely locations around the country.
One of the things I enjoy doing in New York City when I'm not being a doctoral student:
Dining out
A hobby I have is:
Offroad, single-track MTBing
My favorite place to get coffee or eat around NYU:
Oren's Daily Roast
Focus of my research of scholarship:
The relationship between language education policy and K-5 foreign language teaching
I'm interested in this topic because:
I believe that the research community in foreign language teaching must develop strong partnerships with K-5 foreign language teachers
Academic or other experience that most influenced my choice of doctoral study:
Education policy making doesn't occur in a vacuum
Research or scholar I most admire:
Rick Donato from the University of Pittsburgh
Professor who has influenced me the most:
There are two - Rick Donato from the University of Pittsburgh and Patti Lather at the Ohio State University

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Cheyney, PA - 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia
Career Goals:
That my contribution as a teacher educator in foreign and second language education will help to galvanize early foreign language teaching in the preK-16+ curriculum
Other professional or service activities:
Served two and a half years as Co-Chair of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages-Language Learning with Children Special Interest Group from 2008-2010.  For more than 10 years, and in my capacity as a high school German teacher, I have coordinated interscholastic, intercultural educational exchange under the aegis of the German American Partnership Program, leading my students on month long exchanges in summer to the German partner school