Shondel Nero

Dr. Shondel Nero

Dr. Shondel Nero is Associate Professor and Program Director of Multilingual Multicultural Studies in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University (NYU) where she teaches graduate courses in TESOL, Bilingual, and Foreign Language Education. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada, and earned her master’s degree in TESOL and a doctorate in applied linguistics from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Dr. Nero began her teaching career as an English as a Second Language (ESL) high school teacher in New York City. Later, she taught graduate courses in linguistics, second language acquisition; language, culture, and communication; and dialects of English at St. John’s University prior to joining the NYU faculty. For the past twenty years, she has taught, researched, and published on the language and literacy needs of speakers of ESL as well as World Englishes, and Creoles, particularly Caribbean English Creole. Her research has also addressed language and identity and language education policy. She was a recent Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, where she researched the Jamaican Language Education Policy with respect to Creole speakers. Dr. Nero’s work has appeared in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Language and Education, World Englishes, and English Today. A native of Guyana, she is the author of Englishes in Contact: Anglophone Caribbean Students in an Urban College (2001), editor of Dialects, Englishes, Creoles and Education (2006) and co-author (with Dohra Ahmad) of Vernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities (2014).