Previously Taught Courses @GMU

SPAN 210: Intermediate Spanish: Continuation of the development of basic components of the language, with focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Introduces students to the cultures and histories of Spanish-speaking regions.

SPAN 250: Gateway to Advanced Spanish: Integration of advanced intermediate-level Spanish reading, writing, listening ,and speaking skills, as well as the development of critical thinking about authentic texts from around the globe.

SPAN 305: Spanish in Context I: Integrated content-based approach to the study of Spanish, designed to promote oral and written abilities, as well as critical understanding of Latin American, Latino, and/or Spanish histories and cultures. Includes vocabulary-building activities, grammar review and practice, assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films.

SPAN 315: Spanish for Heritage Speakers: Designed for students who have some communicative ability in Spanish, normally acquired in the home, who want to improve their reading and writing abilities while developing a critical understanding of Latin American, Latino, and/or Spanish histories and cultures. Course components include orthography and vocabulary activities, grammar review and practice, assigned readings in a variety of genres, critical cultural analysis, in-class discussions, written essays, and the viewing of films.

SPAN 324: Study Abroad in Spanish: Intensive Spanish course in Quito, Ecuador (January 5-20, 2013) at Universidad de San Francisco de Quito: Language and Culture.

Spanish 370: Advanced Composition and Stylistics in Spanish. Improves writing skills by covering formal and stylistic concepts of the Spanish language. Includes practice and exposure to different textual genres in an interdisciplinary fashion. Includes common doubts concerning spelling, expression, and style; business Spanish; journalistic Spanish; academic Spanish; and creative writing.

SPAN 430: Spanish in the United States: Covers both formal and sociolinguistic aspects of Spanish in the U.S. by discussing demographic aspects and a historical overview of the varieties of Spanish spoken in the United States. Gives a foundation in issues such as linguistic variation, language choice, the relationship among race, ethnicity, and language; official language policies; individual and societal bilingualism; and language diversity in education.

Selected Presentations

Blending ESL and the Visual Arts Through Voice Thread. TESOL 2016. April 5-8, 2016. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Fired Up! Creativity Seminar. Buenos Aires, Argentina. March 12, 2016: A four-hour seminar for teachers of English. Topics include: Brain-Based Learning, The Arts in Education, Educational Technology, and Drama Techniques. The Buenos Aires Creative English Institute.

Visual Literacy for the Language Learner. The 2015 VATESOL Conference in Newport News, VA. October 10, 2015.

Grammar in the Communicative Classroom: a Friend or a Foe? FLAVA (Foreign Language A. of VA). Williamsburg, VA. September 24-26, 2015.

The Flipped Classroom Approach. GWATFL (Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign  Languages). Washington D. C. November 8, 2014.

Drama Techniques in Language Learning. FLAVA Foreign Language Association of Virginia.                Williamsburg, VA. September. 25-27, 2014.

The Educational Value of Drama Techniques in Language Learning. 7th Annual Polyglot                Performances. George Mason University. April 8, 2014.

Facing our Fear of Writing. NECTFL, Boston, MA. March 28-30, 2014.

Identity, Empowerment & Technology: Spanish for Heritage Learners. 2013 ACTFL (AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES) Convention and World Language Expo. Nov. 22-24, 2013. Orlando, FL.

Voces conversas de un viaje en el Cinquecento: La Lozana Andaluza de Francisco Delicado (1528). SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION. November 9-11, 2012 Research Triangle, North Carolina, where I also acted as the panel secretary.

Connections though Writing: Writing Workshops in the Classroom and Beyond. NECTFL (North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Baltimore, MD. April 20-23, 2012. 

La Lozana andaluza (1528): Innovación lingüística, cultural y literaria en la obra cumbre de Francisco Delicado. SOUTH ATLANTIC MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION. Atlanta, GA. Nov. 4-6, 2011.

La Lozana andaluza (F. Delicado, 1528): Itinerario y transformación en una obra precursora de la novela moderna”. 17th Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. Chapel Hill, NC. March 24-26, 2011.

Promoting Cultural Awareness, Creativity and the Use of Technology in the Language Class. The SHARE Convention for Language Learning. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 29-30 July, 2010.

Global Learning. NECTFL (North East Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). New York, New York, April 2009 and March 2010.

Global Learning: Blogs, Wikis, Skype & Voicethread in Class. MFLA (Maryland Foreign Language Association): Arnold, MD. October, 2009.

Learners as Creators of the Global Language Community (a three hour workshop). NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). NYC. April, 2009.

Web Toolbox for Creativity in Class. FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia). Richmond, VA. October, 2008

Creating through Multiple Intelligences and Technology. VCCS (Virginia Community College Systems) New Horizons 2008 Conference. Roanoke, VA. April, 2008.

Creativity and Technology Applications for the Language Class. GWATFL (Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages). Washington D. C. March, 2008.

Multiple Intelligences in the Language Class. Northern Virginia Community College, Power Up your Pedagogy Conference. Annandale, VA. January, 2008.

A Multiple Intelligences Approach to Language Teaching and Learning. Fairfax County Public Schools Countywide Foreign Language In-service. Lorton, VA, September, 2006.

Creative Thinking in the Language Class. IATEFL -International Association of Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. Recife, Brazil. October 1999.

The Art of Language Teaching. IATEFL. Santiago, Chile. May, 1998. 

My Road So Far… in a Nutshell

Born in the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, I’m a city girl through and through. I’m also completely obsessed with education, personal development, and traveling. In 1988, I graduated as a teacher of English from the Profesorado Superior Joaquín V. González. A few years after my graduation, I specialized in Pedagogy and Foreign-Language Methodology under the guidance and supervision of Prof. Ana María Armendáriz. In that field, my emphasis has always been on teacher development through reflective practices, life-long learning and collaboration with colleagues across disciplines and geographical locations. I served as a Methodology Teaching Assistant at Joaquín V. González (1991-1997) and a Methodology lecturer at the Profesorado del Sagrado Corazón (1999-2002) in Buenos Aires. During that time (1991-2001), I presented at several Language Teaching Conferences in Argentina, Chile and Brazil, and I led teacher workshops at my own studio, the Creative Learning Center in Buenos Aires.

In 2002, I made a decision that would change my life completely since it took me all the way to the United States, where I became a Spanish teacher at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia. I then achieved my M.A. in Foreign Languages from George Mason University (2006), followed by a Ph.D. in Early-Modern Spanish Literature from the Catholic University of America (2013) as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL from George Mason University (2016).

Currently, I am a teacher trainer in the area of language acquisition and creativity with over thirty years of experience in the classroom. I am fluent in English & Spanish, and I travel the world with my Creativity Workshops for Language Educators. I also work as an adjunct instructor (Spanish) at George Mason University.

This path and the  wise counsel of a good friend has led me to become a Toastmaster at Burke Toastmasters, where I serve as the 2017-2019 Vice-President of Education. In that leading role, I make sure our meetings run smoothly by organizing a team of speakers and officers every two weeks. Together, we hone our skills to “listen, think critically, plan, manage time, facilitate, motivate, and mentor” (TM Competent Leadership Manual).

On a more personal note: City girl meets country boy… and here we are, somewhere in-between with Abby, our beautiful yellow Lab, who changed our lives forever in April of 2014.