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Note: Paul McPherron is currently on leave from the ESL Coordinator position until Fall 2019.

If you are a Hunter student interested in ESL courses, please contact Interim Coordinator, Cindy Wishengrad, at:

Ms. Wishengrad has over fifteen years of experience teaching all types of ESL courses and holds a Master's Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.



Paul McPherron is an assistant professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he also coordinates the undergraduate ESL program and teaches classes on English linguistics, sociolinguistics, ESL, and the structure of English. He is a socio/applied linguist whose research interests involve questions about English language learning in relation to identity, globalization, and teaching policies, particularly in China and the United States.

He has most recently co-written a book published by TESOL Press entitled, Cat Got Your Tongue?: Recent Research and Classroom Practices for Teaching Idioms to English Learners Around the World. This book examines learning and teaching idioms from research, teacher, and student perspectives. In earlier work, he co-edited a book on discourses of health and bodies published by Mouton de Gruyter, entitled Language, Body, and Health: Intersections, Limits, and Experiences, and he published articles and reviews in TESOL Journal, the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, CATESOL Journal, and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

He is currently working on a project investigating the professional uses of English among university graduates in China and a project analyzing ESL policy changes in the CUNY system and the effects on services for emergent bilinguals at CUNY.

Paul has held academic and teaching positions around the world including at Southern Illinois University, Stanford University, Shantou University (Guangdong, China), and UC Davis. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania where he taught English at two high schools in Sibiu, Transylvania.

As Coordinator of the ESL program at Hunter College, Paul organizes the semester classes (ENG 002, ENG 005, and the ESL sections of ENG 120 and ENG 220). He also coordinates the immersion courses offered during the winter and summer breaks, and he runs a small tutoring program for ESL background students in composition courses. For his full CV click here

Again, Paul is currently on leave. In the interim, please contact Cindy Wishengrad for current information or questions regarding ESL programs for Hunter students:

Note that this ESL program is only for matriculated Hunter students. If you would like to take ESL courses and you are not a Hunter student, you must reach out to the International English Language Institute at Hunter.

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