In my teaching practice, understanding is an important notion. It involves the capacity of the students to “grasp what they have been taught and try to figure out what it really means in the ‘big picture’." (Kibunya, 86) Naturally, such learning is not a piecemeal, fragmented process, but is a holistic, integrative process. In this sense, I find the method of creating thinking routines, developed by Harvard University’s School of Education, quite insightful. The steps to follow to create a thinking routine are: a) asking deep questions (think, puzzle, explore), b) making connections (connect or extend), c) generating explanations (claim, support), d) challenging ideas and shifting perspectives (identify and explore alternative points of view and try to explain the whys). What I like the most about this kind of approach is that it turns the students into active and self-conscious participants of the learning process. In sum, classes with diverse activities, interactions and assignments directly connected to the real life are what I seek when I teach a student, precisely because they not only promote an active role for the learner but also an authentic understanding of multiple phenomena at many levels.
I am a PhD student in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (Spanish, English, and Chinese) with nine years of teaching experience. I have two masters: one in Chinese Language and Literature and the other one in Comparative and World Literature with emphasis on Latin America. I also hold a BA in Classical Philology. I am currently working as a Research Assistant for the Spanish Department of the UofA, in a project related to the creation of materials for the teaching of Spanish as a second language. Before coming to the UofA I worked as a Research Assistant in The Dictionary of Mexican Spanish, as a Spanish teacher in different schools in Mexico City as well as the province of Wuhan, China, and as an English/Latin-Spanish translator and proofreader.
PhD. Modern Languages and Cultural Studies: Comparative Literature (Spanish, English and Chinese)
University of Alberta
MA. Comparative Literature and World Literature (Emphasis on Classical Reception and Latin American Literature)
Central China Normal University
Chinese language course
Central China Normal University
MA. East Asian Studies: Chinese Language and Literature
El Colegio de México, COLMEX
BA. Classical Philology
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM
Spanish TBLT Beliefs / Course Materials Intermediate Spanish, Prof. Xavier Gutierrez, University of Alberta
Analyze students’ responses, design online materials (moodle)
September 2015-July 2017
Intern. Language teacher, curriculum developer
WuhanWenSi BaoTong Education
Designed curricula and taught Spanish
Taught the A1 and A2 level of Spanish, designed curriculum, administered exams, graded all written work and assigned final grades.
Latin-English translator/English-LA Spanish proofreader
IBF-International broadcast facilities
Proofread the translation of the subtitles for the DVD Pompeii from the British Museum
Dictionary of Mexican Spanish, Dr. Luis Fernando Lara, El Colegio de México
Created and maintained lexical databases, proofread and edited the Dictionary of Mexican Spanish
Teaching Assistant of Greek Literature I & II
Faculty of Philosophy, UNAM
Taught the units corresponding to Euripides and Archilochus. Graded all written work, administered exams and assigned final grades.
TransCom Global Ltd.
Translated and proofread psychiatric documents
Medicine Faculty, UNAM
Taught a course on medical Greek-Latin etymologies, medical technical vocabulary and Spanish composition. Administered exams, graded all written work and assigned final grades.
Reading and speaking competence in English and Chinese
Reading competence in Classical Latin, Ancient and Modern Greek, Italian and Portuguese
ACADEMIC SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE
President of the MLCS Graduate Students Association (Present)
Hispanic Cinema (Volunteer, 2018)
MLCS Graduate Student Conference (Host co-director and volunteer, 2018)
MLCS Spanish Movie Night (Co-organizer, 2018)
MLCS Teaching Awards Committee (Volunteer, 2017-2018)
University of Alberta Spanish Open House (Volunteer, 2018)
University of Alberta MLCS Open House (Volunteer, 2018)
The Day of the Death Exposition, Art Gallery of Alberta (Volunteer, 2017)
Teaching of Chinese as a Second Language Congress (Volunteer, 2011)
Tribute to the Greek poet Odysseas Elitis (Volunteer, 2010)
Green Teacher magazine (Volunteer English- Spanish Translator, 2009-2011)
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