Associate Professor of Spanish
Department Chair

Education

BA, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 1975
MAT, COE COLLEGE, 1996

Courses

Fall 2011

Spanish 102 – Elementary Spanish II
Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.
Spanish 201 – Intermediate Spanish I
A review of grammar and intensive oral practice. Prerequisite: Span 102 or equivalent.
Spanish 303 – Spanish Composition I
A thorough review of Spanish grammar with exercises in composition. Prerequisite: Span 201
Spanish 400 – Special Projects
Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved for Spanish majors.

Spring 2012

Spanish 102 – 01 & 02 – Elementary Spanish II
Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning. Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or equivalent on Placement Exam.
Spanish 305 – Culture of Hispanic World
Course focuses on culture, history, literature and music of the Hispanic world, with particular emphasis on Spanish-speaking SST locations. Comprehensive experience in written and spoken Spanish. Prerequisite: Span 201
Spanish 400 – Special Projects
Projects vary from studies in literature, history, the local community, to advanced practice of language skills. Reserved for Spanish majors.

May Term 2012

MCLL 410 – Senior Integrating Seminar
For Spanish majors. Topics studied include vocations in foreign language, and other issues related to faith as it pertains to a life-long study of language, culture, and literature in a diverse and multilingual society.
SPAN 199 – Conversation in Spanish
A course for ASL students who will be participating in the Fall 2013 SST unit to Peru.

Historic Courses

Spanish 101
Basic skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Spanish for beginners; class work includes collaborative learning.
Spanish 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
Reading and discussion of short story, drama and topics in Spanish culture. Major emphasis on improving reading, writing and conversational skills. Prerequisite: Span 201 or equivalent.
MCLL 375 – Co-existence of Neighboring Cultures: Spain and Morocco
Set in Granada, Spain and Rabat, Morocco, students study the historic link between these two countries beginning in 711 AD and continuing to the present.

Grants & Fellowships

2004
Mininger Grant – Research grant in Lima, Peru to study rural to urban Andean migration patterns   during and following the Sendero Luminoso war in Peru.

2007
Mininger Faculty Development Grant to take a three week CIEE course in Spain and Morocco to study the historical, cultural and linguistic connection between these two neighboring cultures.

2010
CITL Grant to study El Camino de Santiago at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain for three weeks.

2012
Mininger Grant to develop a May Term course in northern Spain  – Pilgrimage as a Spiritual Discipline, El camino de Santiago.

Leadership of Study-Service Term Units

In the summer of 2005, my wife and I led the first SST unit to Peru, South America. I had spent nearly 6 years in Peru previously as initially a  Mennonite Central Committee volunteer in the Amazon region of eastern Peru and then later as a family with Wycliffe Bible Translators where I worked as a liaison in bilingual education with Wycliffe and the Peruvian Ministry of Education. It was a pleasure to set up the first Goshen College unit in this interesting country and see students become interested  as well to the rich history and culture that Peru offers.

Current Peru SST Blog