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Clinical Specialist Isabel Kentengian


Clinical Specialist, Spanish
Office: Bliss Building 324
Phone: (609) 771-2699

Isabel Kentengian – CV – September 2020

Isabel María Kentengian began her career teaching languages in Madrid, Spain, and has taught at TCNJ since 2004. As a bi-national, she became interested at an early age in questions of cultural and national identity, heritage language maintenance, individual and societal bilingualism, and intercultural understanding. Her research is situated at the intersections of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and international education. For her doctoral dissertation she focused on Hispanic/Latino students’ experiences and identity positionings studying in Spain. Other research focuses on the use of linguistic landscapes in language teaching, heritage language learning, community engagement in the language classroom and other critical engagement with language and culture for engaged citizenship.

In addition to her academic work, Isabel serves as a volunteer trip administrator for Healing the Children New Jersey. Since 1999, she has led 18 medical-surgical teams to Ecuador, Thailand, Bolivia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.


  • SPA 101-102-103: Spanish for Beginners I, II, and III
  • SPA 210: Spanish for Bilingual (Heritage) Speakers
  • SPA 211: Spanish Composition and Grammar Review
  • SPA 216: Current Events Across the Spanish-Speaking World
  • SPA 219: Spanish for Medical Purposes
  • SPA 270/370: Topics: Hispanic Immigration – The Human Face of Globalization
  • SPA 270/370: Topics: A Field Methods Approach to Uncovering Cultural Patterns


  • B.A. – Bryn Mawr College
  • Certificate – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • M.A. – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D. – New York University


  • A Sense of Place: Creating Spaces for Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad – with Ann Warner-Ault and Jon Stauff
  • Mi idioma”: Heritage speakers’ language varieties and identity positioning during study abroad – with Meghann Peace
  • Exploring Difficult Topics with SHL Peers Across North America: Three-Way Virtual Conversation Exchanges – with Angela George and Meghann Peace
  • Developing Critical Perspectives Investigating Linguistic Landscapes in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Class
  • Sólo hablamos inglés aquí”: El uso del español en los espacios públicos de Nueva Jersey
  • La realidad lingüística del español en los Estados Unidos
  • Integrating Community Engaged Learning (CEL) in the Spanish for Heritage Speakers Class
  • De pueblo emigrante a país de inmigrantes: un análisis de la representación del “otro” en España en la cinematografía contemporánea
  • Junior Year in Madrid: The 1958 Beginnings of NYU as a Global Network University.
  • Improving Students’ Writing Skills Through Peer Review
  • Facilitating Global Citizenship: The Earth Charter in the Language Classroom
  • Culture in the Language Classroom: An Intercultural Approach
  • Sustainability and Impact of International Medical Volunteer Programs

Isabel Kentengian – CV – September 2020