Writing Center Welcomes Jim Zvi, Assistant Director ELL

The Writing Center is delighted to introduce Jim Zvi, RISD’s new Assistant Director of English Language Learning (ELL). Jim will work as an educator and advocate for RISD’s ELL students and in partnership with faculty to enrich their academic experience.

Jim comes to us from Hong Kong Polytech, where he has been teaching ELL students in Design, Architecture, and Engineering majors for four years, before that, he taught English for Academic Purposes in Japan for seven years. He has a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language and research interests at the intersection of language, culture, student motivation, and curriculum design. Two of his paper titles give a sense of his innovative pedagogy: What Media Can Teach: Multisensory Activities in Academic Writing Classes and Humor, Controversy, and Avant-garde Delivery: An Approach to Teaching as a Performance.

While Jim will start full-time on 1st November, he was here last week for International Student Orientation and took a moment to record this short greeting for faculty.