Office Number: B 512

Office Tel: (718) 518-6766

Areas of Interest:

Professor Dicker came to Hostos in 1985 with a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. At that time, she joined a number of Hostos colleagues in working against the movement to make English the official language of the United States, which would greatly jeopardize bilingual education. This led to an academic interest in issues relating to the place of languages other than English in American society. The first edition of Languages in America: A Pluralist View, was published in 1996; a second edition appeared in 2003. She contributed a chapter to the book The Sociopolitics of English Language Teaching in 2000. Her articles on language pluralism have appeared in the journals College ESL, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Education and Society, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, The Educational Forum, and The Bilingual Journal/La Revista Bilingüe.

Click here for her article on Spanish-language loss or maintenance in the Dominican American community of Washington Heights.

Click here for her article on the history of Anglo-conformity in the United States and its effect on immigrant and heritage languages.

Courses usually taught:

Core English; Expository Writing; Literature and Composition; and Language, Culture and Society