Language & Culture
As a culturist* Spanish linguist I have dedicated my life and professional career to the advocacy and promotion of the multicultural experience through foreign language education, literature, translation, and cultural exploration. It is an honor and pleasure to consider myself part of a national team of language educators that strives to “nurture and develop indigenous, immigrant, and world language resources, and that the U.S. must educate students to be linguistically and culturally prepared to function as world citizens**.”
My professional career began in World Languages as a classroom teacher of the Spanish language, literature, and writing. This teaching experience formed my principle for the study of a foreign language as so much more than linguistics, language study includes the study of history, literature, and the culture of the community’s speakers, regional and universal. Along with the study of Spanish linguistics, my fervor for Spanish literature developed my teaching philosophy, within the classroom and in everyday life. I share with my language students the experience of the language folk soul through the study of the Spanish language and translation, as well as Hispanic literature, history, and culture.
I have over 15 years of professional experience in foreign language acquisition, ethnic literature & culture, translation & bilingual editing, and ethnic author & book promotion.
*The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines culturist (-noun) 1. one engaged in a culture, 2. an advocate of culture or of a particular method of cultivating mind or body.
**Taken, in part, from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ 2005 Vision Statement.