MCLL Faculty and Staff
Lecturer, SpanishOffice: LA 439
Interests: The work of...
Peter Neill: "Peter Neill is the Director of the World Ocean Observatory. He served as president of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York for twenty years. He edited the literary anthology American Sea Writing. He is the author of The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society." http://www.alternativeradio.org/collections/spk_peter-neill# (2016)
Film Suggestion: Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014)
"The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border." Whoisdayanicristal.com (2016)
I teach mainly first and second year Spanish. I have taught advanced conversational Spanish in the past. I also supervise student teachers.
A few things you should know about me: My mother is from Guadalajara, Mexico and my father is from Missouri, USA. I grew up speaking Spanish and spoke Tagalog as a child. I love science and the idea of interdisciplinary studies and language studies coming together. In part, this interest drew me to participate in the PBLL (project based language learning) institute. I like the idea of creating learning situations that are meaningful and that reach beyond textbook learning and hope that our department will consider this in developing curriculum plans for the future.
Some ideas that have influenced my teaching have come from Bill VanPatten and his work on processing instruction and teaching language in context. If you would like a quick overview of his work, please see TESL-EJ 12/05, V.9:3 at http://www.tesl-ej.org/ej35/r5.pdf . I also have been influenced by The Green Thread workshop that I attended. The focus of this workshop included ideas for incorporating sense of place and environmental awareness in the classroom. I would like to see topics like these be more common in language classes.
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction
Asian Studies Minor
Supervisor for Student Teachers
2016: National Heritage Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa: Project Based Language Learning Institute
Reflections West Piece: Bear http://www.reflectionswest.org/episodes/ep87_gignoux.php
CALICO: I attended the CALICO conference in Hawaii in May of 2013. The picture above was taken above Hanauma Bay and near Koko Crater.
Hiking, Art, Poetry