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Daniel Rivas

Daniel Rivas


ESL Part-Time Faculty

About Me

I was born in Cuba and arrived in the U.S when I was 14 years old with my family, as political refugees. Although I had some rudimentary knowledge of English, it was quite a shock to discover that Americans did not speak the kind of English I was taught in school. Learning English was a lot of work, but it paid off. Languages have always been a fascinating subject for me. Although Spanish is my native language, I decided to major in French and had the opportunity to study, teach, and live in France. Along the way, I also studied German and Latin. I have a particular interest in French poetry, critical theory, and second language acquisition and have published in those areas. I love to travel and have been fortunate to do so in many countries in Europe, Korea, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

After many years of teaching, both at the university and the community college levels, teaching is still as magical and rewarding as it was when I first started. I love teaching ESL in part because I see myself in every one of the students I teach. Most of all, I continue to learn much from my students, just as I hope they will learn something from me.

Educational Background

  • B.A. (French), Marist College
  • A.M., Ph.D. (French), University of Illinois (Urbana)
  • TESL Certificate, University of California, Irvine
  • Diplôme de Langue Française, Institut Catholique de Paris
  • Diplôme, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, Université de Poitiers
  • Attestation de Stage, Centre de Linguistique Appliquée, Université de Franche-Comté ; Alliance Francaise (Paris) ; Institut Européen d'Études Françaises (Montpellier)


Rebecca Beck
Instructor, English as a Second Language
O: LA 218

Jeff Wilson
Instructor, English as a Second Language
O: LA 218

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