Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

My overall teaching goal is to sharpen my students’ critical thinking while motivating them to become lifelong learners. I also encourage my students to speak their minds while dialoguing with key texts of Hispanic cultures. Starting from multiliteracies as a platform, they also learn to improve their intercultural skills and to communicate effectively in a challenging environment. I use teaching methodologies like the communicative approach, e-portfolios, and the socratic method to achieve these goals.

Teaching Interests

Human rights narratives in Latin American literature. 20th – 21st century Latin American & Latinx literature. Critical theory and affect theory in Latin American literature. Literature on migration. Violence in literature and film. Ecocriticism. Spanish as a Second Language.

Colby College. Spanish Department

Visiting Assistant Professor

Struggle, Memory, and Truth: Human Rights in Latin America

An overview of human rights literature and culture in Latin America. Exploration of literary works that reveal the contradictions and complexities stemming from human rights’ discourse and their relation to different kinds of violence (structural, gender-based, slow). Students will study how writers, filmmakers, and artists examine criticisms of the logic of human rights and the humanitarian, hierarchical, or therapeutic view it contains. By reading genres like testimony, post-conflict, and post-dictatorship literature we will examine the importance of the cultural representation of human rights violations as part of the different processes of mourning, justice, and historical memory, while we reflect on the limits of literary language regarding the representation of certain types of violence.

Intermediate Spanish I  (Fall 2019)

Through an intensive grammar review, students develop skills for independent and creative interactive communication. Designed to refine students’ major skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as to provide insight into the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore. Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Visiting Assistant Professor

Intermediate Spanish I (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

A systematic consolidation and expansion of the students’ acquired abilities/proficiencies in the language to broaden their understanding of the Hispanic culture and literature.

Intermediate Spanish II (Fall 2018, Spring 2019)

This capstone course reviews and reinforces language skills learned in previous courses to help students attain the intermediate level as defined by ACTFL. It includes heavy use of language in context, with discussion in Spanish of literary readings, films, and news from the Hispanic world.

University of Connecticut, Hartford.

Instructor 

Basic Spanish I, II. (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Development of basic communication and cultural skills in Spanish adapted for nontraditional students in a highly diverse academic environment.

University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department.

Instructor 

Film in Spain and Latin America (Online course, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, with professor Jacqueline Loss)

Film language and genre in Spanish and Latin American cinema.

Courses Designed and Taught

Spanish Conversation – Cultural topics: Derechos humanos en el cine y la música (Spring 2015, 2016)

From the analysis of films, songs, archive documents, and cultural readings on human rights issues in the Spanish-speaking world, students obtained an in-depth development of their speaking skills through group discussions, podcasts, videos, and oral presentations.

Cultura española. Study Abroad Program in Granada (Fall 2015)

Using an experiential learning approach, students gained a first-hand contact with the diversity in the Spanish culture, both past and present, through on-site activities, lectures, and cultural trips in which they explored history, politics, art, religion, and cuisine from different regions of the country.

Courses Taught (as Teaching Assistant)

Intermediate Spanish I and II (Spring 2013. Summer 2016)

Further development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural setting. Readings to enhance cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Advanced Composition (Fall 2014)

A W course. Exercises in translation and free composition. Stylistic analysis of texts chosen from Spanish or Latin American authors, newspapers, and magazines. Treatment of the finer points of Spanish grammar.

Spanish Basic Composition (Fall 2014)

A thorough review of grammar and methodical practice in composition leading to command of practical structures and vocabulary.

Basic Spanish II (Fall 2012; online course in summer 2017).

Development of ability to communicate in Spanish, orally and in writing, to satisfy basic survival needs within a cultural setting.

Guest Lectures 

University of Connecticut. El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.

Latinos in the US. (Spring 2015). A lecture on Guatemala during the Cold War.

Understanding Testimonial Literature. (Spring 2015). Several classes on testimonio as a literary genre and Elena Poniatowska’s La noche de Tlatelolco.

Sections in large lecture courses

Greek Mythology (Online course. Fall 2013, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Roman Civilization (Spring 2014)

Academic Administrative Positions

Resident Director. UConn Study Abroad Program in Granada, Spain. (Fall 2015)