Welcome to the UCP classroom
Each semester breeds new challenges from the diverse dynamics of my students and beyond the passion for my field, it is actively engaging in this interaction of the learning process while broadening our horizons together as a partnership that is most rewarding. Personally, the art of teaching reaches far beyond linguistic competence and towards a social competence that is sensitive to the very diverse body of student backgrounds, race, class, age, learning styles, personalities, etc. The lessons of adaptability and multiculturalism afforded by extensive abroad experiences coupled with the exposure of two decades of formal language education have provided me with an invaluable perspective through experience into my own methodologies as a Spanish instructor. Although there is no one approach that serves as the foundation to my teaching philosophy, rather it is a mosaic of many, I have found one thing to be true: Enthusiasm is contagious. And a passionate enthusiasm is exactly what I have contracted. A genuine excitement to share my passion and the process of language acquisition with others serves as the cornerstone upon which my teaching philosophy rests.
Beyond my Hispanofilia, it is actively participating with the students in the bridging of cultural barriers through language acquisition that captivates me most. My goals for the students reach beyond the classroom and into the active engagement of a broader worldview, a curiosity to dig deeper; and to ignite a sense of collective identity that spans linguistic barriers. My personal goals as an instructor are to leave a similar impression in my students as my professors left for me; to bestow a key to an otherwise closed door, or to provide long term support in the construction of their bridges. It is in this sense that I aspire to be a long-term resource to their journey.