Graduate Student Spotlights

Eric Zuarino

Foreign Language Education and TESOL

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I chose my program because NYU Steinhardt is the only school that offers a unique dual MA program in both TESOL and Foreign Language Education in French. I work full-time with TESOL and often freelance with French language education, so I wanted to develop my skills in both areas in a way that I could never do it in any other program.
My inspiration is:
My colleagues are my inspiration for this field.
I would like to be remembered for:
being passionate about what I do, and affecting change.
Something I collect:
TV DVDs. I have way more than I should.
Why I went to Graduate School:
To teach ESL and French to adults.
My best job ever:
Associate Development Editor for ESL textbooks at Cambridge University Press.
A hobby I have is:
riding my bike around Brooklyn.
The professor who influenced me the most:
My French thesis advisor, Marie-Pascale Pieretti, at Drew University.
My favorite place to study is:
If it's nice out, the lawn at Prospect Park. If it's not, a cafe? in Park Slope is great.
My best commuity service experience:
helping with LGBTQ rights through protests, PSAs, and marches.
My secret passion is:
foreign languages.
If I could take a year off I would:
travel the world teaching English.

Background Information

Where you grew up:
North Plainfield, NJ
What are your plans after you graduate?
I want to continue in educational publishing and teach English and French in the US and abroad.
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Specialized Honors in French, Drew University
Community Service and Other Activities:
The Power, Civil Rights Front, City of Hope, AIDS Walk