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Welcome to the Modern Languages Department!

The Modern Languages Department at East LA College is committed to the teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures as an indispensable part of a curriculum that aims to foster linguistic and communicative competence in order to compete in a highly interconnected world. By adhering to student-centered teaching, we hope to develop the skills and instill the values necessary for students to pursue life-long learning as essential to their personal and professional development. Our programs promote multilingualism as a valuable tool necessary to operate effectively in our global context. Most importantly, our courses can serve as a platform that allows students to see themselves as stewards of the rich linguistic and cultural landscape that characterizes Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. 

Norma Vega, Chair

Contact Information
Chairperson Email Phone # Office
Dr. Norma Vega (323) 780-6799 E3-143
Irene Mah y Busch (323) 780-6798 E3-100E
American Sign Language
Dr. Tomás García (323) 780-6841 E3-127
Prof. Nicholas Zerlentes (323) 780-6748 E3-131
Dr. Lily Chang (323) 265-8873 E3-117
Prof. Rongwen Liu (323) 780-6839 E3-121
Dr. Mary Ellen Eckhert (323) 265-8874 E3-133
Dr. Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg (323) 415-5022 E3-135
Prof. Hiroko Furuyama Chao (323) 265-8871 E3-125
Prof. Sanae Jennings (323) 780-6749 E3-123
Prof. Elva Hernández (323) 265-8872 E3-130
Prof. Sara Maga (323) 780-6745 E3-137
Prof. Othón Olivas (323) 780-6803 E3-122
Prof. Eldy Palencia (323) 780-6840 E3-145
Dr. Lynn Vogel-Zuiderweg (323) 415-5022 E3-135