Sarina Molina

Sarina Molina

Phone: (619) 260-4685


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Sarina Molina

Assistant Professor
Learning and Teaching
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
English as a Global/International Languag

Sarina Chugani Molina currently serves as assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching. Her dissertation research focused on teacher development and cultural competence as it relates to their work with culturally and linguistically diverse students. She brings with her experience of teaching Japanese as a foreign language and English as a second language primarily to adults at the community college and university level. She has taught multilevel English learners at the noncredit sector in Palomar College and was a credit instructor for the academic reading and writing courses at MiraCosta College. She also serves as the program director and trains teachers internationally in TESOL, a program she designed for the English Language Academy at the University of San Diego. She teaches "Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Theories" and "Methods of Teaching Literacy for ESL" courses in the M.Ed. in Literacy, Culture and TESOL program and the "First and Second Language Development and Structure for the Classroom Teacher" course for all credential students in the Learning and Teaching department, School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Her research interests include language acquisition, multicultural education, adult development.

Educational Background

  • EdD, University of San Diego, Leadership Studies
  • MA, University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Linguistics, Second Language Pedago
  • BA, University of Hawai'i, East Asian Languages and Literature: Japanese; Minor: Comparative Religion


  • Molina, S. C. (2013). The Value of Meaning-Making and Cultural Knowledge for
  • Teachers Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts. Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 1(1), pp. 1-16.
  • Molina, S. C. (2013). Romanticizing culture: Teacher’s perceptions of the role of culture in the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. CATESOL Journal, 24 (1).
  • Molina, S. C. (2013). Family, school, community engagement and partnerships: An area of continued inquiry and growth. Journal of Family, Schools, Community Partnerships: An imperative for k-12, and colleges of education in the development of 21st century educators.
  • Molina, S. & Lattimer, H. (2013). Defining global education. Policy Futures in Education. Volume 11(4).
  • Molina, S., Lagedrost, J. M., & Sundmacher, D. (2012). Scaffolding second language writing instruction for international students in a graduate level TESOL program in the United States: An Action Research Study. Second Language Writing News, International TESOL organization.
  • Inoue, N. & Molina, S. (2011). Lost in translation: Strategies Japanese language learners use in communicating culturally specific expressions in English. CATESOL Journal, 22 (1).
  • Molina, S. C. (2008) A homeless refugee. Tidepools: A journal of ideas, Vol. 22. Oceanside, CA: Mira Costa College Press.
  • Molina, S. C. (2007) Creating Classroom Community: Activities for a Computer Lab. A collection of gifts: Great ideas for teaching, No. 3. Oceanside, CA: Mira Costa College Press.
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