Miami Dade College

Wolfson Campus

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of World Languages at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, we extend a warm welcome to our department and invite you to explore the many opportunities to study a variety of languages with us. We strongly believe in preparing our students to be global citizens, enabling them to live, work, and succeed in the 21st century.  We specialize in helping you interact with people from your linguistic target language and supporting you beyond language learning to reach your academic and career goals.

At MDC, we not only talk the talk, we also walk the walk; we are truly a multilingual, diverse staff, Faculty and school.  We are nestled in a unique urban environment that has the capacity to create unlimited opportunities for you, serving as, a jumping point for your personal professional and linguistic development. We are lucky to have access to native English speakers and a highly international environment encompassing multilinguals from around the globe including Native Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian and Portuguese speakers. 

Our department offers language education programs in the following areas:

  1. English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
    The English for Academic Purposes program is for English language learners who are interested in earning a degree or certificate at the College. We offer courses via the traditional EAP, EAP+ and ACE Program.

    We take pride in a program which integrates the latest linguistic methodologies in grammar, writing, reading and speech, and are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty. Students also have access to state-of-the-laboratories, where students learn to master pronunciation and speaking skills, and the Writing Lab, where students reinforce their grammar, reading and writing skill

  2. Foreign Languages (French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish)

    Our offerings in Foreign Languages classes are designed to help students expand their world by learning to communicate in a new language, as well as to meet the language requirements of their respective programs of study. Our goal is not only to impart excellent knowledge of the language you wish to learn, but also, to give you a better understanding of the culture whose native language you undertake. Our conviction is that through communication with others, we together can achieve mutual understanding and ultimately a better world. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our program.  Act today to start your journey with us. 

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going." ‒ Rita Mae Brown


  • English for Academic Purposes

    The English for Academic Purposes Program fulfills an important mission in assisting the immigrant population in the Miami-Dade County area to learn the English language in order to facilitate continuing education and entry into mainstream America.

    For course descriptions see the College Catalog

    EAP Competencies
  • Foreign Language Program

    The Foreign Language Program emphasizes the instruction of languages other than English. French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish are the primary languages currently offered in the department. These courses enable students to expand their language skills.

  • ACE (Accelerated Content-Based English) Program

    The ACE program uses content-based instruction to teach English as a second language.

Name Email Telephone Office
Department Staff
Xuejun YuXuejun (Jim) Yu
Erika Balladares
Assistant to the Chair Department of World Languages
305-237-3764 1615
Sergio LeonSergio Leon
Academic Lab Manager
305-237-7420 1556-04

Yuddimila Santiesteban Perez
Part-Time Advisor

Mary Ramirez Sanguino
Part-Time Clerk
Department Faculty
Dorothy AvondstondtDorothy Avondstondt 305-237-7598 1638
Pradel FrankPradel Frank 305-237-3932 1636
Daphnee GillesDaphnee Gilles 305-237-7533 1626
Maria JofreMaria Jofre 305-237-3249 1649
Carol KrechCarol Krech 305-237-3708 1644
Corey MassCorey Mass 305-237-3442 1647
Maureen McCarthyMaureen McCarthy 305-237-7459 1634
Patricia NationPatricia Nation 305-237-3698 1640-2
Elizabeth RamsayElizabeth Ramsay 305-237-3786 1628
Norma Riccio 305-237-3207 1646
Angela Tavares-SogocioAngela Tavares-Sogocio 305-237-7545 1642

Writing Lab (1554)

Writing Lab personnel line up for a photo

The Writing Lab assists students with ESL-related writing goals through one-on-one tutoring and individual instruction by professionals in the field. Crafted tutorials and practice, aligned with the syllabus of each level, and challenging grammar and composition exercises are provided to students via Blackboard. Access to practice exercises and tutorials on the Internet is available for reinforcement purposes. The purpose of the writing lab is to enable EAP students to reach college level writing competency as well as reinforce learning of content delivered in writing courses. To accomplish this goal, the lab provides all sorts of material complementing the all-important syllabus of the classroom, the heart of the students' overall instruction. In addition, instruction on basic technology skills needed for research and educational purposes is provided by lab instructors right on the spot.

Speech and Foreign Language Lab (1555)

The Speech and Foreign Language Lab provides the ideal environment for students to practice audio-lingual skills on their own pace and time with the assistance of voice recognition software, lab instructors, and tutors. Language learning software is used to provide listening-speaking practice, videos and audio for listening comprehension training and an array of multimedia learning materials are available in order to improve speech and listening skills in English for Academic Purposes and Foreign Languages. Room 1555 is equipped to facilitate live interactive oral practice with lab instructors and tutors, and monitor students' performance. The Internet for educational purposes and other learning materials on the Web are available to students. In addition, instruction on basic technology skills needed for research and educational purposes is provided by lab instructors right on the spot.