Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Janusz Solarz

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Lecturer of ESL

Morrison Hall 201

Research Interests

  • Social, political, moral and ideological aspects of second language education.
  • Writing as an identity-forming practice
  • Jewish literature in Eastern Europe
  • Translation of poetry


  • ABD 1993, Comparative Literature, New York University, New York
  • 1991/1992, Summer School of Yiddish Language and Culture, Columbia University, New York
  • M.A. 1989, English (American Literature), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • 1984/1986, EFL Teacher Training Courses sponsored by the British Council
  • M.A. 1983, TESOL and English Philology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Personal Statement

In over 30 years of teaching, I have had as my students college faculty, soldiers, journalists, prison inmates, refugees, an assortment of immigrants from all over the world, future musicians and actors, American and international college students. Though I have been trained as an ESL generalist, I have spent close to twenty years teaching college writing, mostly to international students. Here, at Indiana University, I am slowly inching my way, even if only in my own mind, toward the status of a national hero in China. In an average year, over 200 hundred Chinese students pass through my Academic Literacy Development classes. When I occasionally step back from grading and preparing for classes, I realize that it has been an amazing learning experience for me as well.

In addition to teaching, my other passions are Yiddish literature as a paradigmatic minor literature and reading, writing, and translating poetry. Two recent translation projects have been translating the poems of Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur into Polish.

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.