Shoba Bandi-Rao

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Associate Professor
Academic Literacy and Linguistics


Office: N-481

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Phone: +1 (212) 346-8547

Shoba Bandi-Rao received her Ph. D in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from New York University. Her dissertation Rule Learning in Second Language examined the underlying cognitive mechanisms involved in the acquisition of the regular and irregular past-tense forms in English by adult language learners. Bandi-Rao has a Master’s degree in Language Arts Education from Western Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in the Humanities from Bangalore University, India.
Currently, Bandi-Rao teaches Linguistics and English as a Second Language to undergraduates. Prior to joining BMCC, she taught ESL/Developmental Writing to college freshmen at NYU’s Higher Educational Opportunity Programs, and she also taught Linguistics to graduate students at NYU’s school of education and at the College of New Rochelle.
Bandi-Rao is interested in the emergence of new literacies in formal/informal learning to address the college readiness gap. Her research examines how mobile technology and social media are changing the way students learn and use language(s). She has worked on digital storytelling (i.e., the art of combining narratives with multimodal media such as images, sound, video and text to create a short story in interesting ways) to engage students to craft stories in interesting ways.
In her free time, Bandi-Rao avidly reads up on evolutionary linguistics, dabbles in amateur astronomy, and from time to time, ponders on alien communicative systems. If interested in stargazing, join the amateur astronomers on Tuesdays evenings (dusk to 10:00 PM); location–The High Line at 14th street (April through October).


Second-Language Acquisition, Second Language Writing, Linguistics, Language and Literacy, Freshman writing pedagogy, Educational Technology, Bilingual Education, Applied Linguistics


  • B.A. Bangalore University, English Literature, Psychology, Home Science,
  • M.S. Western Illinois University, Language Arts Education,
  • Ph.D. New York University, TESOL/Applied Linguistics,

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