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English Language Institute

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Location

163 William St., 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
United States

Telephone: (212) 346-1562

The English Language Institute is located at Pace University’s Lower-Manhattan campus at 163 William Street, 21st Floor. The building entrance is located on William Street between Ann and Beekman. All visitors must bring a government issued Photo ID to enter the Pace campuses. View the Pace University New York City Map.


Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00pm

We invite prospective students and families to schedule a one-on-one appointment with an Admission Counselor before visiting the New York City campus. Schedule a NYC campus visit with Admissions.


Visiting the ELI Office by Subway

Not all trains run at all times and subway schedules are subject to change. For current schedules, weekly service advisories, and maps contact the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) at (718) 330-1234 or visit the subway section of the MTA Web site.

  • 2 and 3: Take 2 or 3 trains to either Park Place (then walk east across City Hall Park to the campus) or to Fulton St. Station.
  • A and C: Take the A or C trains to Fulton St. Station. Exit at Fulton and William St.
  • 4, 5, and 6: Take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station (last stop on the 6). Take exit marked City Hall.
  • J and Z: Take the J or Z trains to Fulton St. Station. Exit at Fulton and William St.
  • R: Take the R Local to City Hall Station, then walk east across City Hall Park to campus.

You can find subway directions to Pace University from your current location by using Citymapper.


Meet the Staff:

James Stakenburg
Executive Director of the English Language Institute

E-Mail: jstakenburg@pace.edu

James has over 20 years of experience in English language education and education management.  He originally worked as an accountant, before leaving his native Australia to embark on his world travels.  He has since visited almost 80 countries and began his teaching career in Japan, where he lived and taught English for 3 years.  He has also worked as an Assistant Director of Studies, a Teacher Trainer, a Trainer of Trainers and Head of Teacher Training.  He has presented at TESOL International, English USA, NYS TESOL, and IATEFL conferences.  James has a B. Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and an MA TESOL from the University of New South Wales in Australia. In addition to traveling, he enjoys running, swimming, reading, cooking and eating food from around the world.


Brian Hickey
Director of English for Professionals and International Partnerships
E-Mail: bhickey@pace.edu

For the past 35 years, Brian has been involved in ESL teaching, administration, and professional activities. He has taught ESL in the United States and Japan and served as Academic Coordinator and Director of intensive English programs at the University of Georgia and Manhattanville College. More recently, Brian has held several positions in the Pace University English Language Institute (ELI), including instructor, academic advisor, Assistant Director of ELI Westchester, and University Director of ELI. In addition, Brian served for four years as Regions Coordinator and NYC Region Chair on the New York State (NYS) TESOL Executive Board and two years as Vice President for Standards at the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), now EnglishUSA. He holds a B.A. in German from Fairfield University, an M.A. in German from New York University, and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Brian enjoys gardening, music, sports, traveling, and learning languages. He speaks German, a little Dutch, French, Japanese, and Spanish, and is currently studying Mandarin.


Lisa Kraft
Director of Academics and Recruitment
E-Mail: lkraft@pace.edu

Lisa manages academic development and recruitment efforts for the New York City and Westchester campuses. She holds a Master of Arts in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University at Albany-SUNY. Lisa has served on several professional boards including NAFSA Region X, EnglishUSA, and NYSTESOL and has presented at TESOL, EnglishUSA, NYSTESOL, NAFSA Region X and AIRC conferences. Her 25 years in the field has taken her to teaching positions in South Korea, Turkey, and the United States. She loves to travel, read and enjoy time with family.


Daniel A. Lenkowsky
Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Life
E-Mail: dlenkowsky@pace.edu

Daniel is one of the first ELI staff members that students meet when joining our New York City program. He has been working with adult and international students at Pace University since 2004. A Pace University alumnus himself, Daniel spent time during his undergraduate studies overseas conducting research in Peru and Poland on access to mental health care in prisons. He oversees the Admissions process to the ELI, is the main contact for F-1 Student visa holders, and runs the Student Life activities program which includes a volunteer English Conversation Partner program. He holds dual B.A. degrees in Psychology & Criminal Justice from Pace University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Daniel loves volunteering, scary movies, and traveling.


Alison Wofford
Associate Director of Academics
E-Mail: awofford@pace.edu

Alison has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years, having taught in Italy, Zimbabwe and the United States. Alison develops curricula and assessments for the program, supervises the instructional team, serves as an academic advisor to ELI students, and teaches various courses in the program. She holds an M.A. in TESOL from the New School, a B.A. in English Literature from Gettysburg College, and Cambridge CELTA certification. She has presented on the use of corpora in the classroom, technology-driven ESL instruction, and academic challenges for Chinese university students, and critical thinking in ESL pedagogy. Alison loves cooking, traveling, music, film, and learning languages. She speaks Italian, French, and Ndebele and is currently studying German.


Patrick Russell
Staff Instructor
E-Mail: prussell@pace.edu

Patrick began his teaching career in Taipei, Taiwan where he taught English as a Foreign Language after graduating with a BFA from the University of Kansas. After Taiwan, he moved to New York City, obtained an MA in TESOL from the New School and has continued to teach English as a Second Language to people from around the globe. He is passionate about providing students with lessons centered around language-learning strategies that incorporate real world material (videos, reading texts, photos, corpus websites, etc.). He has given numerous presentations on this topic at various TESOL and teacher training conferences. Patrick works full-time at Pace as an ESL instructor and academic advisor while also helping to develop ELI’s curricula and assessments. Outside of work, Patrick loves riding his bike around NYC, taking photographs, going to concerts, seeing art and eating pizza.


Leah Braithwaite
Program Coordinator
E-Mail: lbraithwaite@pace.edu

Leah proudly joined the ELI Team in 2016 as the Program Coordinator after achieving a B.A. degree in English World Literature from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She further champions for the success of international students through the English for Professionals Program, assisting Program Director Brian Hickey. Outside of the office, Leah can be found rapidly flipping through classic and contemporary literature, jet-setting to exotic destinations, and catching up with close friends and family.


Meet the Instructors:

Rabab Ahmed
Instructor
E-Mail: rahmed@pace.edu

Rabab is originally from Bangladesh, but she has been living in the US for most of her life. She has been teaching ESL for more than 10 years in various capacities. Rabab received her BA in English from Stony Brook University, MA in English from Rutgers University, and CELTA from Teaching House. Aside from teaching ESL and discovering new cultures through her students, she loves to spend her time writing and reading fiction. Her other favorite activities include running, visiting beach locations, discovering new music, and spending time with her two fat cats.


Joyce Bloom
Instructor
E-Mail: jbloom@pace.edu

Joyce has taught at the Pace University ELI for the last 15 years and has also taught communication skills, negotiating, group dynamics, general business, interviewing skills and conflict solving at NYU, Berkeley College, and Rennert International among others. She holds a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in TESOL from NYU. Over the course of her careers in International Shipping and TESOL, she has been a public speaker on a variety of subjects and provided a host of private corporate, government and non-profit programs. With Mary Carpenter, she co-authored, Beyond the Academic Box: TESOL Outside the Classroom which was published in IDIOM. She is the author of the fable, All I Can See, published in 2006 by Remez Press.


Nadia Green
Instructor>
E-Mail: ngreen@pace.edu

Nadia has been teaching ESL since 2006. She has taught culturally and linguistically diverse students in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Nadia has a B.A. in English Literature from Stony Brook University, a Cambridge CELTA, and an MA in TESOL from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her academic interests include visual literacy, the role of discourse in the ESL classroom, intercultural education, and instructional technology.


Nicole Gunn
Instructor
E-Mail: ncgunn@pace.edu

Nicole received a B.A in Political Science from Rutgers University and an M.A in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Teachers College, Columbia University. She tutors and teaches English as a Second Language courses in speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and business writing at Pace University. In addition, she gives workshops and tutors students individually in the Tools for Clear Speech Program at Baruch College. Prior to becoming a teacher, Nicole worked as a senior human resources professional for more than a decade, and she enjoys incorporating her business experience into her teaching when working with students to help them succeed.


Elizabeth Garrett Kramer
Instructor
E-Mail: egarrett@pace.edu

Elizabeth graduated from Clark University with a double major in Communications and Culture and Psychology and holds an M.A. from The New School in TESOL, as well as a TESOL certification from The Boston Language Institute. Her love for teaching English started while she was traveling in West Africa and was asked to fill-in for a sick instructor at a small high school. Since then, she has taught in South Korea and at various colleges, universities, and non-profit programs throughout New York City. She has been an instructor in the English Language Institute at Pace University for three years and specializes in teaching writing and grammar. She has recently started co-writing a textbook to help academic ESL students develop writing skills. Liz enjoys hiking, skiing, baking, and exploring New York City.


Marcella Massa
Instructor
E-Mail: mmassa@pace.edu

Marcella has been an ESL professional for more than 9 years.
She holds a B.S. in Arabic and Arab Studies from Georgetown University, a Cambridge CELTA certification, and an M.A. in TESOL from the New School. In her previous career, Marcella was a Graphic Artist and worked in Television covering current events and breaking news. She loves to watch old movies, ride her bike and is learning to kayak. She also enjoys taking road trips. She speaks Italian, French, and Spanish.


Stephanie Moses
Instructor
E-Mail: smoses@pace.edu

Stephanie Moses has taught ESL for about 20 years and has been an instructor at Pace since 2008. She received her B.A. in International Studies and Russian from Miami University of Ohio, an M.A. in Russian Linguistics from Ohio State, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Stephanie loves learning languages and has studied Spanish, Russian, German, Polish and Chinese. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, hiking, music, and film. One of her favorite courses to teach at Pace is the American Culture through Film course, which allows her to share her love for movies and indulge in one of her favorite pastimes.


Saada Muntasser
Instructor
E-Mail: smuntasser@pace.edu

Saada has been an ESL educator for more than 15 years, having taught in the Middle East and New York City. She holds a Cambridge TKT Certificate and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University; she also intends to complete a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies. Saada has a great passion for language teaching and meeting students from different parts of the world. She is also fluent in numerous Arabic dialects such as Modern Standard Arabic.


Susan Neri-Friedwald
Instructor
E-Mail: snerifriedwald@pace.edu

Susan has over 40 years’ experience in ESL instruction and development in the Institutional, Corporate, Government and Private sectors. She is proud to work at Pace University and CUNY and is Founder of the Language Exchange and the New Behavior Institute. Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in ESL and her Master’s degree in Mental Health. Her research interests include the psychology of learning, especially for second language learners. Susan has been written up in The New York Times, quoted in The Hartford Courant, University of Connecticut Health Center, The Standard, Southern Utah University Journal and Greater Northwest Medical Directory, among others, been on national radio and hosted her own radio show on Voice of America. Susan brings her extensive experience and expertise to stimulate her students to self-correction and motivation in an atmosphere of spontaneity and fun. She loves helping people understand the nature of learning, so they grow through joy and succeed.


Rebecca Olerich
Instructor
E-Mail: rolerich@pace.edu

Rebecca has been an ESL educator for over 20 years, first having taught in Poland as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and then later in Mexico, Sweden, and the United States. She holds a B.A. in English and Latin from Iowa State University, an M.E d. in Curriculum Development and an M.S. in Labor Relations--both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a recent M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on the history of Chinese and European science from the CUNY Graduate Center. Rebecca likes Renaissance literature, modern fiction, traveling, urban hiking, and biking. She speaks some Russian and Polish and reads Latin. She currently has begun studying Mandarin at the Confucian Institute at Pace.


Ken Raphael
Instructor
E-Mail: kraphael@pace.edu

Ken started his professional career as an attorney. He practiced law for more than 25 years before finding his true calling as an ESL professional. He has taught in Switzerland, England, Germany, and the United States. At Pace, Ken teaches courses in Academic Writing, Listening and Speaking, American Business Culture and English for Lawyers. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Oswego, a J.D. Degree from Brooklyn Law School, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester. Ken is also certified by Cambridge University as a qualified teacher of English as a Second Language. He has spoken about legal and Legal English matters at numerous seminars. In his spare time, Ken enjoys photography, traveling and watching baseball. He also speaks French.


Michael Roberts
Instructor
E-Mail: mroberts3@pace.edu

Prior to joining the staff at Pace University, Michael had been teaching English abroad since 2006. He holds an M.A. in TESOL from Georgetown University, a CELTA, and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Hampden-Sydney College. He has taught in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East to learners from all over the world. His research interests include task-based language teaching, needs assessment, language testing, and program evaluation.


Curt Tomao
Instructor
E-Mail: ctomao@pace.edu

Curt, a native New Yorker, graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, and then got a BA in Economics (minor in German) from NYU, followed by an MA in TESOL from Hunter College. A tutor since high school and an ESL teacher since 1989, Curt has taught preschool to adults in various parts of New York City as well as in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to main English skills, he has specialized in Pronunciation, Business English, Presentation Preparation, and Reports.


Tara Vassallo
Instructor
E-Mail: tvassallo@pace.edu

Tara has been an instructor at the English Language Institute at Pace University since 2009. She holds an MS in TESOL, Ed. & Sp. Ed. from Touro College, and a BA in Linguistics & Italian from the University of Wisconsin. Her primary instructional focus has been in Academic Writing and Research in both the Pre-Undergraduate and the Graduate programs. In addition, she is also passionate about Vocabulary and Grammar and enjoys teaching these elective courses. At Pace University, she has facilitated TESOL teacher training workshops to visiting international faculty. Training modules have included, building fluency, integrating skills, multiple intelligences, and creating a student-centered learning environment. Tara has worked as an ELA and ESL instruction and curriculum consultant for Brown University and the NYC Department of Education. Early in her career, she taught new arrivals at Liberty HS in New York City. She has also been a language trainer since 2007 for business professionals and their families relocating to the US. Tara has lived, studied, and taught in Italy, Brazil, and Africa.


Grace Walters
Instructor
E-Mail: gwalters@pace.edu

Grace has taught at Pace University since 2008. She holds a BA from the University of South Dakota and an MA from New York University. She enjoys staying in touch with her students by email.


Jubi Williams
Instructor
E-Mail: jwilliams3@pace.edu

Jubi has taught ESL for over 17 years. She has coordinated English Language programs for adult learners and professional development programs for teachers in Philadelphia. She has taught at Pace University's English Language Institute for 3 years. She has expertise in creating a curriculum based on learners’ lives and enjoys getting to know her students' interests. Jubi is also a certified personal trainer and likes helping people reach their fitness and health goals.


Judy Wong
Instructor
E-Mail: jwong@pace.edu

Judy serves as part of the ELI instructional team at Pace University in New York City. Also, she is an advisory board member of EFLtalks (an online English as a Foreign Language webinar group) and has been known to occasionally collaborate with her international colleagues in Armenia and Croatia. Judy holds a BS in Liberal Arts /Teaching Academics through the Arts and an M.A in TESOL from the New School University. Judy is a native New Yorker who is a visual and performing artist as well as a writer. She loves cooking, New York history, science, and learning languages. She grew up speaking American English, Ecuadorian Spanish and French as well as bits of Italian, German, Yiddish and Welsh.


Program Assistants

Lan Pang
English Language Institute - Chinese and Korean Speaker
E-Mail: eli@pace.edu

Nick Flores
English Language Institute - Spanish Speaker
E-Mail: eli@pace.edu