J. Thomas Means

Assistant Professor
Modern Languages

Email: jtmeans@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: S-601V

Office Hours: TH, 1:00-2:00; F, 11:00-1:00

Phone: 212-220-8000x5275

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Professor J. Thomas Means, Modern Languages Department, BMCC/CUNY, is an expert in foreign language learning and teaching.

He holds a Ph.D. in Italian and Second Language Acquisition from Rutgers and he has published widely in the field of foreign language pedagogy. He is trilingual (English, Italian, Spanish) and also has basic competency in French and German. His research and practice focus on how languages are best learned and maintained, including the role of technology in language learning and teaching.


Second-Language Acquisition

Courses Taught

Current Projects


Current Interests

Task-based language teaching

Instructed second language acquisition

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I have always been passionate about languages, travel, and teaching. I hope to share some of this excitement with my students, in the hopes of pushing them to new experiences and understandings.

Honors & Awards


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