7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays beginning September 26th for 8 weeks, 7pm – 8pm $130
If you live in the United States you probably don’t have to travel very far to come into contact with Spanish culture and language – there are over 50 million people who speak it as a native or second language, which makes the US the second biggest Spanish speaking country after Mexico. That’s right, more people speak Spanish in the US than in Spain! If you want to start learning a few Spanish expressions to travel to a Spanish-speaking country or to spend some time in your Hispanic community, what expressions should you begin with? This course is a fast, fun, and manageable way to learn the Spanish you need to travel around the Spanish-speaking world and to interact with the Hispanic community in the US. The course starts at the beginning level, assuming you know nothing about Spanish, and it takes you through, basic and simple lessons, until you feel comfortable accomplishing basic tasks, such as ordering food, reserving a hotel room, asking for directions to the beach, and even participating in a “mate” afternoon with Argentinians.
Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero, from Valencia (Spain), holds an MA in Foreign Language Education, an M.A.T in Teaching Spanish as Second Language from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in Language Teaching: Oral and Writing Skills from the Universitat de València, Spain. At the present moment, she is an assistant professor at Duquesne University where she co-leads the Spanish language program and teaches upper level community-engaged classes that involve the Pittsburgh Hispanic community. She has co-authored three textbooks for college students of Spanish, En Contexto: Manual de lecturas y películas, En Comunidad: Comunicación y conexión; and En Acción: Español, comunidad y aprendizaje, and published several research articles on language teaching approaches. She was recently awarded with her colleague Carmen A. Martínez the Duquesne Creative Teaching Award 2017. This award attests to the breadth and depth, the impact, and the curricular integration of her exemplary educational ventures, as well as the quality of the relationship with students and community partner. Her research interests include cooperative practices in the foreign language classroom; inductive teaching, and language learning through community engagement. She is also the mother of two young bilingual children who are active members of Regent Square Pittsburgh community.
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