Who I am as an instructor today is informed by a lifetime of experiences as a first-generation student in higher education. My teaching philosophy is rooted in Communicative Language Teaching and revolves around the major principles of:
FOSTERING INCLUSIVITY AND COLLABORATION
CULTIVATING APPRECIATION OF LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY
PROMOTING RESEARCH APPLICABLE TO REAL-LIFE
I have taught and designed courses that tackle different aspects of language and linguistics from introductory courses to advanced ones that focused on phonetics, phonology, and sociolinguistics.
Ander has a way of getting you excited about the topic at-hand, even if you had no previous interest in it [...] I was never a linguistics person, but Ander and his enthusiasm prompted me to create a project about the different sounds and accents of Spanish in Spain.
- Student in "The Sounds of Spanish"*
SPANISH IN THE UNITED STATES
THE SOUNDS OF SPANISH
To Ander, teaching a course means more than having students receive a good grade. It means engaging with students and igniting our own interests and passions through whatever we were learning.
- Student in "Spanish Composition"*
INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY SPANISH
INTRO TO SPANISH GRAMMAR
ADVANCED SPANISH GRAMMAR
SPANISH COMPOSITION FOR HERITAGE SPEAKERS
These courses were coordinated by supervisors who were in charge of syllabus design
*Testimonials have been provided with students' consent