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Queens College classes will occur on-line beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. For the latest COVID-19/Coronavirus updates, please click here.

The Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders brings together specialization in theoretical, experimental and applied linguistics with leading clinically based research on speech language pathology and communication disorders. We incorporate current research in these fields into teaching on our highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs.


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American Sign Language Course Offering

In Summer Session 1, we are offering Introduction to American Sign Language under the “topics” number LCD 191.

In that class you will learn not only how to communicate with our Deaf friends and neighbors, but you will also learn about fascinating Deaf culture and how Deaf people developed this language.

This course will fulfill the College Option: Language requirement.


Scholarship Opportunity for CSD Majors

We are pleased to announce the JFEW Scholars Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders for the Fall 2020 semester – thanks to a generous grant from JFEW.

You may be one of the lucky recipients! Apply before June 15, 2020!

More Information          Application


Faculty News

Karen Ball has been reelected to the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She will continue to be chair of the Applications Committee for Specialty Certification for Swallowing Disorders.

The department welcomes Mara Steinberg Lowe, our new Assistant Professor of Communications Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology.

Michael Newman was interviewed on the pronunciation of Roosevelt Avenue in the Queens Eagle

Michael Newman was interviewed on WCBS Radio to talk about the CUNY Corpus of New York City English. 

Elizabeth Ijalba’s co-edited volume Language, Culture, and Education: Challenges of Diversity in the United States, has been released by Cambridge University Press.

Elizabeth Ijalba spent the summer collaborating with researchers and teaching workshops at universities in Japan, China, and Uruguay. 


Department Office
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours.

Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or video-conference. For Spring 2020 office hours, click here.

 For all other matters, please send an email to the department, or leave a phone message.

Acting Department Chair: Robert Vago

Department Chair: Michael Newman

Associate Department Chair: Arlene Kraat

Director of Linguistics and TESOL Programs: Kate Menken

Department Secretary: Maria Cadme

Queens Hall, Room 300A
Phone: 718-997-2870
Fax: 718-997-2873

To reach us by public transportation, use the Q20A/B, Q44, or Q88 buses. Queens Hall is located at 65-21 Main Street (formerly the CUNY Law School). Visitors must enter using the rear entrance by walking around the south end of the building.

To reach us by walking from the main campus, exit from Gate 6 to Gravett Road (see map) and follow the signs to Queens Hall.

Mail to the department must be addressed to:

Queens Hall, Room 300A
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597

Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Program Director: Arlene Kraat
Administrative Assistant: Eileen Sprague
Office: Gertz Building
Phone: 718-997-2930 or 718-997-2946
Fax: 718-997-2935

Associate Program Director and Graduate Admissions Coordinator: Patricia McCaul
Office: Gertz Building
Phone: 718-997-2936

Undergraduate Program Coordinator:
Karen Ball

Office: Queens Hall 301C
Phone: 718-997-2946

To reach us by public transportation, use the Q17, Q25, Q34, or Q88 buses. The Gertz Building is located between King Hall and Rathaus Hall on the northeast corner of the campus (see map). The entrance is behind the G Building.

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