Aarón Almendares‐Berman is Prof. Emeritus at Sonoma State University where he taught Spanish, English as a Second Language and Language Teaching Methodology for 24 years. He was the founder of Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) an intensive English language learning program for foreign students. In addition, he recently retired as acquisitions editor of Alta Book Center Publishers. He completed his B.A. in Education at the University of Miami; M.A. in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Michigan and studied in the Educational Doctorate program in Language and Linguistics at New York University. He was Fulbright Professor in Colombia and Mexico and later resided in Mexico for several years. He is interested in developing intercultural understanding through language learning.