“Práctica realista y motivadora: pedagogía de enseñanza de lenguas basada en tareas”. Accepted for presentation at AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 9-12 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19).
“Task-Based Pedagogy: Moving from Practicing to Doing”. Presentation at ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Co-presented with Anne Becher (Colorado University). November 23, 2019.
“Teaching to Learn, and Learning to Teach”. Presentation at the Wesleyan Symposium The Power of Language. April 7, 2018.
“Input y prensamiento crítico en español intermedio.” Presentation at ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Co-presented with Virginia Adán-Lifante. November 17, 2017.
“Spanish Language Portfolios Using Mahara,” Light round presentation at the NERALLT (New England Regional Association for Language Learning and Technology) 2017 Annual Conference. Presented with Louise Neary. October 19, 2017.
“Wespañol: An intermediate-level online program for independent learners.” Light round presentation at the NERALLT (New England Regional Association for Language Learning and Technology) 2017 Annual Conference. Presented with Louise Neary. October 19, 2017.
“Engaging Input to Foster Critical Thinking in Intermediate Spanish.” Webinar for the Professional Development Webinar Series organized by McGraw-Hill. Co-presented with Virginia Adán-Lifante (University of California, Merced.) October 17, 2017.
“Between a Classroom and a MOOC: An Open Source Program for Spanish”. Presentation at ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Co-presented with Louise Neary. Boston, November 19, 2016
“Keeping It Focused…and Communicative: Real Language Use Right Away”. Webinar sponsored by McGraw-Hill Higher Ed. Co-presented with Thalia Dorwick. March 10, 2016.
Workshop on foreign language writing, as part of instructor training involved in the Early College Experience. University of Connecticut. March 9, 2016
“We Are Flipping or We Have Flipped”. Presentation sponsored by McGraw-Hill at ACTFL 2012 (Denver, 11/15/12)
“Puntos Video: Authentic, Accessible, Segmentable”. Presentation sponsored by McGraw-Hill at ACTFL 2011 and as webinars.
“Cultural Competence: Making Culture the Core of a Language Class.” NECTFL (Northeast Conference for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.) New York, April 2009.
“Cultural Area Studies – On Site: Implications for Study Abroad of the MLA Report on the
Foreign Language Curriculum.” Panel at The Forum on Education Abroad Conference. April 2008.
“Una clase de castellano: viaje “virtual” al mundo hispanohablante.” Mock class for Hispanic families during Para la Familia weekend at Wesleyan University. December 2007.
“Home School Language Policies and Language-Focused Study Abroad.” Panel at NAFSA (Association of International Educators) Annual Conference & Expo. Minneapolis, May 2007.
“Lengua y cultura: un binomio inseparable.” Mock class for Hispanic families during Para la Familia weekend at Wesleyan University. November 2006.
“Cultural Competence in the Spanish Language Classes.” AATSP Conference: New York, July 2005.
“En una palabra”: un ejemplo de tecnología al servicio del aprendizaje de la cultura.”Primer Congreso Internacional FIAPE (Federación Interancional de Asociaciones de Profesores de Español): Toledo, Spain, March 2005.
Published in the Actas del Primer Congreso FIAPE, in Red Electrónica de Didáctica Español Lengua Extranjera, Número especial, Mayo 2005.
“En una palabra: Student-Centered Courseware to Facilitate Cultural Understanding.” With Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret. ACTFL: Philadelphia, November 2003.
“En una palabra: CDROM de español para aprender cultura.” Asamblea Anual de la Asociación de Doctores y Licenciados Españoles en los Estados Unidos (ALDEEU Simposium): Jaen, Spain, July 2003.
“Teaching Culture in the Digital Millennium”, presentation at the University of Central Oklahoma and Tulsa Community College, September 2003.
“Digital Video Finds a Place in the Classroom.” Panel presentation. Wesleyan University: ATR lunches, March 2003.
“En una palabra.” With Emmanuel Paris. Wesleyan University: ATR lunches, October 2003.
“En una palabra: Spanish Culture CD-ROM.” With Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret. Northeast Conference. New York, April 2002.
“What’s in a Word” En una palabra CD-ROM: Presenting Definitions from Native Speakers to Think about Culture.” (in absentia) With Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret. CALICO, Davis, California, March 2002.
“A Web-based Syllabus: More for the Students, More for the Instructors.” With Octavio Flores. Presentation in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. May 2000.
Spanish for Native Speakers: Focus on Materials (Session co-leader with Alicia Ramos). Northeast Conference. Washington, D.C. April 2000.
“How Do We Know If It Worked? Evaluating a CALL Initiative”. Paper with Claire Bradin. CALICO ’99 Symposium, Oxford, Ohio. May 1999.
“Special Interest Session: Heritage Languages: Focus on Materials.” (Session leader). Northeast Conference. April 1998, 1999.
“Spanish for Native Speakers: Issues and Options.” Workshop co-presenter with Manuel Martín. Northeast Conference. April 1997.
“Special Interest Session: Heritage Languages.” (Session Co-leader with Manuel Martín). Northeast Conference. April 1997.
“Reports on Mellon Project: The Use of E-Mail and Web Resources in Spanish Language Courses.” Technology Fair: CTW Mellon Project for Language Learning and Technology. Trinity College, April 1997.
“The OPI in our classrooms.” (Co-presenter). Connecticut Council of Language Teachers. Fall Conference, 1995.
“Video in the Spanish Class: Never Too Early, Never Too Hard.” Connecticut Council of Language Teachers. 1994 Fall Conference.
“Nuevos enfoques metodológicos: implementación de los métodos comunicativos en los programas de lengua.” Yale University, February 1994.
Intensive Training Workshop for Spanish T.A.s. Emory University, May 1993.
Workshop on the use of video in the foreign language classroom. Wesleyan University, 1991 and 1992.
“Ideas for Students’ Oral Presentations.” Conference of The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, San Antonio, Texas, 1989.
I teach and coordinate Spanish language courses:
Advanced Intemediate (113)
Spanish for Heritage speakers (203)
My interests include all issues related to acquisition and pedagogy of Spanish as a second language. I am particularly interested in cultural competence, the use of technology to advance language acquisition, and study abroad.
I am a native of Seville, Spain.