Updates

Hello after a long hiatus! One of my goals for the summer, while my schedule is a little more flexible, is to post on the blog section of my site more often. Here’s some of what’s new around here:

  • I’ve got a new article coming out in the summer volume of Decimonónicawhich should be out soon. The article analyzes the nineteenth-century Spanish history painter Eduardo Rosales’ Isabel la Católica dictando su testamento in the context of Isabel II’s reign. I’ll link to the article from my
  • I’ve recently teaching with technology on and will be adding some posts on using technology in the language classroom. I’m teaching an online Portuguese course this summer, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the resources the web and different software packages of which language teaching can make good use.
  • I’ve updated my CV to reflect the last couple of years’ research, teaching, and service.

Here’s what’s coming soon:

  • Lots of posts on teaching, including the aforementioned technology posts as well as teaching film and using creativity in the classroom.
  • Some reviews of recent-ish Spanish and Catalan films and TV shows.
  • Some thoughts on feminism in the Hispanic tradition.

Thanks for staying tuned!

Using Videos in the Language Classroom

This is the third post in a series on using technology in the language classroom.

Using web-based technologies into your language teaching can be a good way to capture student interest by using products that students enjoy in their leisure time – in other words, it can bring a ludic element into learning. A really simple way to integrate web technologies into your language curriculum is to use videos. Read More

Using e-Commerce Sites in Language Teaching

This post is the second in a series on using technology in the language classroom.

A while (quite a while) back, I published a post on using Google maps to practice the imperative mood and to acquaint students with the layout of cities in countries where the target language is spoken. My examples used Spanish and Madrid, but, of course, you can adapt the exercise for any language where the language you teach is spoken. This is a nice way to go outside the textbook to give students some language practice while giving them a degree of exposure to the target culture.

If you’re looking for additional ways to break free of the textbook and make use of resources readily available and accessible via the Internet, consider using e-commerce sites to have your students practice certain vocabulary sets.

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Using Google Maps in Language Teaching

This is the first post in a series on using technology in the language classroom.

A quick idea that language teachers can use both in and outside the classroom using something that we all probably use every day: Google Maps. Read More

Enhancing Language and Culture Education Through Technology

I’ve long been interested in how technology can enhance education, particularly second language acquisition and cultural studies. As an undergraduate, I worked in Scripps College’s Language Lab, which had a variety of language-learning software designed to enhance students’ aural comprehension, use of accents, spelling, sentence structure, and pronunciation in addition to films that served to expose students to authentic speech and culture. Now, as a teacher, I’m constantly looking for ways in which the technology that govern students’ everyday lives can be used to help them learn about other languages and cultures in ways that will be useful both to them and to our global community. Read More

Some Updates

Long time no post!  I have been busy with various projects and haven’t had too much time to post. I’m hoping to be able to post on a more regular basis, now that some of these commitments are winding down. I have some upcoming posts on teaching and on my research. Read More

The 2007 MLA Report and the Need for More Interdisciplinary Courses in Language Departments

Many of us who teach in language and literature departments in the United States are used to a system in which student must complete language courses prior to enrolling in language and culture classes. This is, of course, not without reason: in order to understand and participate in courses taught in the target language about the target culture(s), one should have a solid grasp of said target language. Read More

First post!

Watch this space for exciting updates about my research on turn-of-the-century Spanish culture.