Identidadesoffers a content-rich communicative presentation for students entering Intermediate Spanish - meeting you where you are and moving you realistically to higher proficiency levels. Drawing on skills students have developed in other course areas,Identidadesfurther develops these abilities by taking a process-oriented methodology to skill building. Rich in cultural content,Identidadeshelps you draw parallels between your own identity and the cultural identities of the Spanish-speaking world.
JUDITH LISKIN-GASPARRO earned her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently Associate Professor and Director of the General Education Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa. She is also Co-Director of FLARE (Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education), which operates an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition. Her research interests include discourse strategies of second language learners, language acquisition during study abroad, and the acquisition of narrative skill in a second language. She has published extensively on oral proficiency testing, language curriculum and program development, and second language acquisition. Since 1999 she has served as the Associate Editor for Reviews of the Modern Language Journal. In 1994, she was honored by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Modern Language Journal with the Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education. In 1999 she received ACTFL’s Florence Steiner Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education. Dr. Liskin-Gasparro is co-author of the first level Spanish textbook Entradas, published by Heinle & Heinle.
PALOMA LAPUERTA graduated from the University of Salamanca, Spain and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University and a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Teachers of Spanish at CCSU. She has 20 years of teaching experience at higher education institutions around the world, including Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, and the United States. She has taught Spanish language, culture, and literature at the University of Geneva, University of Salamanca, University of Natal, University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, and Middlebury College Spanish School in both Spain and the United States. She has been awarded several Connecticut Quality Partnerships to organize seminars for Connecticut Teachers of Spanish on the integration of culture in the language classroom. Dr. Lapuerta is co-author of the first level Spanish textbook Mosaicos, and the Spanish composition text La escritura paso a paso, both published by Pearson.
ELIZABETH GUZMÁN holds a BA in English from the University of Santiago, a Master’s degree in English as Second Language from West Virginia University, and she is close to completing her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, where she has been responsible for redesigning the core curriculum and coordinating the language program. She has extensive experience teaching Spanish and English (to foreigners), Spanish Linguistics, and Foreign Language Education at the university level both in Chile and the United States. She co-directed the Spanish language program at The University of Michigan (3 years) and directed the Spanish program at Yale University (5 years). For approximately 10 years, she taught and coordinated the elementary summer language program at Middlebury College, one of the most successful and renowned language immersion programs in the world. Professor Guzmán is co-author of the first level Spanish textbook Mosaicos, published by Pearson.
MATILDE OLIVELLA DE CASTELLS (deceased) received her Ph.D. from the University of Havana. She had over 25 years of teaching experience at Rutgers University and California State University, Los Angeles where she received the University’s Outstanding Professor Award and Merit Award. She was also the coordinator of second level Spanish at the Middlebury Spanish Summer Language School, a member of the Spanish Development Committee of the College Entrance Examination Board, and Chairperson of the Advanced Placement Committee. She had given presentations at the AATSP and ACTFL conventions and conducted numerous workshops at universities around the country. Professor Castells had authored and co-authored several Spanish texts, including La lengua española and the first level Spanish textbook Mosaicos, both from Pearson.