Teaching

I’ve spent my two decades of teaching in two kinds of classrooms: 1) college-level elementary and intermediate Spanish classrooms, and 2) methods, pedagogy, and second language acquisition courses for TAs, pre-, and in-service teachers. Along the way, I have also taught English for international students and study skills for academically struggling students, but most of my teaching has been teaching language to novice and intermediate students,  or teaching those who teach language.

I have written a teaching statement that summarizes my own approach to language teaching which you can read here: Teaching Statement

Current Teaching at Vanderbilt

SLA Theory and Research (SLS 7040) – Spring 2016, 2019

This seminar offers graduate students an opportunity to explore current theories and research in second language development. In addition to doing common readings, each seminar participant develops expertise in an area of particular interest and will document that expertise through a course blog. The final project for the course is a paper suitable for presentation at a professional conference and/or for submission to a professional journal.

Principles for Teaching ELL Students (EDUC 6510/3720) – Fall 2018

This course examines theoretically and empirically supported practices to support the education of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in classrooms. Consideration of how to attain more equitable outcomes for ELLs through schooling is a major focus of this course. This course is specifically designed for students who are not ELL majors and who do not wish to pursue an ELL endorsement.

EFL Methods (EDUC 6560) – Fall 2016, Spring 2017, 2018, 2019

By the end of the course, students will be able to confidently say:  1.) I can use my knowledge of L2 teaching methodology to plan instruction that promotes language acquisition and helps learners successfully communicate.  2.) I can gather and interpret information about learning and performance to promote the continuous intellectual and linguistic development of each learner. 3.) I can evaluate instruction based on my knowledge of language acquisition and methods. 4.) I can make a case for what constitutes excellent language teaching based on my own and others’ experiences as well as theory, research, and best practices.

Principles of Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (SLS 6030) – Fall 2016, 2017

This course touches on many topics related to language acquisition, people and cultures, the effect language learning has on college students, teaching as a vocation, and the role of teaching in our future academic careers. We work on answering the question, “What does excellent language teaching look like?” Over the course of the semester, students create a series of essays and lesson/unit plans that demonstrate their expertise and personal approach to language instruction.