Irene Villarin Gonzaga

Irene has two decades of extensive experience in teaching Filipino language to students of varied nationality, age, professional or educational background. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Filipino from De La Salle University in the Philippines. She then joined the faculty at DLSU-D teaching Filipino language and literature courses. From 2005 to 2010, Irene served as host to Fulbright scholars in the Advanced Filipinos Abroad Program of the University of Hawaii – Manoa who came to the Philippines for cultural immersion. This experience sparked her passion for teaching Filipino as a heritage language.

In 2017, she migrated to California and continued her career and advocacy in teaching Filipino language and culture. Today, she is a Filipino language lecturer in the Southeast Asian Languages Department of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she has been teaching three levels of Filipino language and culture classes. Irene also served as Filipino language instructor in the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and as Filipino language instructor for San Diego State University’s Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC) which fosters effective teaching and learning of world languages through research-based design and delivery of language and culture programs for U.S. Military Personnel. She is currently undergoing certification as an ACTFL OPI Tester.

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