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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff
  • Languages & Cultures

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Hall, John
    Faculty, Spanish Education
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279F
    Phone: 218.477.2916
    Email: halljohn@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    John Hall, Professor, Spanish Education; Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education, M.A. in Spanish Pedagogy, B.A. in Spanish; John has been a life-long learner of languages. He grew up in Argentina, where Spanish and English were his two languages in daily life. Over his career, John has been a teacher of Spanish, French, ESL, and education across multiple ages and locations. He has taught preschoolers, high schoolers, and college students, and he has trained teachers in Minneapolis and Moorhead.

  • Houts-Smith, Linda
    TESL Program Coordinator
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279B
    Phone: 218.477.4059
    Email: houtsli@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Linda Houts-Smith, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, TESL; Ph.D. in English, M.A.T. in ESL, B.A. in Classics and Medieval Studies; Linda began her career in ESL as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, and she has taught in six different states as well as three foreign countries. Now Linda not only teaches in but also coordinates the TESL program. Although a generalist, Linda’s greatest expertise probably lies in syntax and the nature of oral language.

  • Mita, Takanori
    Faculty, East Asian Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 279C
    Phone: 218.477.4063
    Email: takanori@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: