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Visiting Professor Plans Language Events

March 19, 2013

Beacons by the Sea visiting scholar Fatjona Lubonja will present “Second Language Acquisition: The Journey of Becoming Bilingual” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. The presentation will be held in Cafeteria B, C-building.

Her presentation will cover neurological studies applied to language development and learning, socio-cultural implications and other areas related to learning a second language.

The Northfield resident will lead a second presentation at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, on “Globalization & Multiculturalism: Influences in Our Language and Culture,” in Room 204 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

Lubonja speaks six languages and holds degrees in Visual Communication and Instructional Technology and Education from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is pursuing a master’s in Neuroscience & Education at Columbia University and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership at Rowan University.

“Ms. Lubonja was selected by the English as a Second Language and Modern Languages Department as our Beacons by the Sea Scholar since her expertise is in second language acquisition as well as neuroscience and language learning, which are areas vital to our field,” said Kristi Bergman, chair of the ESL department. “Her talents and experience in education are helping to shape our modern language and ESL courses. Additionally, she serves our college community by providing answers to questions raised by many educators as our classrooms are becoming more linguistically diverse.”

The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003. Other visiting scholars have included a poet, a judge and a veteran broadcaster.