Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca

Clinical Assistant Professor

English Language Institute

  • BA, Skidmore College
  • MA, School for International Training
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Suzanne Kaplan-Fonseca is a Clinical Assistant Professor and has served as TESOL Certificate Program Coordinator at the English Language Institute (ELI) and Languages Program Coordinator at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). At NYU since 2012, Suzanne earned an M.A. in TESOL from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, with a concentration in Teacher Training and Development. She has also completed coursework in Learning Design at NYU SPS. For her B.A., she designed her own major in Language and Early Childhood Development (magna cum laude) at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY with a minor in French, and a concentration in Japanese. She was previously a Lecturer at The New School and Parsons.

Suzanne has taught English in the U.S., Japan, and Mexico to nonnative speakers of all ages and levels. She specializes in teaching listening, speaking, and grammar, as well as intercultural communication strategies. Her teaching engages students in lessons designed to foster authentic communication, and she challenges all learners to use observation and reflection as their most valuable tools. 

In addition to teaching English to speakers of other languages for more than fifteen years, Suzanne has developed learning materials, mentored teacher trainees, and presented on her original teaching methods at regional, national, and international conferences. Suzanne is a 2019 NYU SPS Outstanding Service Award recipient.