Non-Credit Spanish Courses
Beginning Spanish (Non-Credit)
This class is a crash course in how to approach foreign language learning. Unlike the college courses, there will not be extensive grammatical lectures. This class will concentrate in oral practice. The participants will be required to practice conversation out of the classroom. Do not expect to become bilingual by this course. I will be providing weekly handouts and exercises from the workbook/textbook, which will be discussed and used in oral practice in class. Spanish courses are open to faculty, staff, TAMU students, and members of the community. Children (age 10 and above) may participate in the Beginning Spanish course if accompanied by an adult also taking the course.
FALL 2017 BEGINNING SPANISH COURSE (NON-CREDIT)
Monday & Wednesday
5:30 – 7:30 PM
SEPT 11 – NOV 31WEHNER BLDG. ROOM 106
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Meet your instructor
My name is Nilsa Pérez-Cabrera and I am delighted to be your Conversational Spanish teacher this semester here at the beautiful Mays Business School of Texas A&M. I have been part of the Bryan/College Station community for 19 years. My teaching career began in Puerto Rico, my native island, where I taught psychology at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. I moved to Colorado and later to the Dallas area where I taught psychology part-time at Cedar Valley College while I was raising the two loves of my life, Chris and Christine. We moved to Bryan and my first job involved a psychology research project at A&M. I became an Aggie after completing my second master’s degree, this time in Spanish at Texas A&M. I taught Spanish as graduate student and as an Assistant Lecturer at A&M for several years. I have enjoyed teaching Spanish at Blinn College for 15 years and psychology for the past year. Most of my volunteer work has been done for BISD public schools, where I served as bilingual coordinator. I also worked several years as editor of the newspaper La Voz Hispana. On my personal side, I love nature and playing with my two dogs, Tippie and Mitsy. During my little spare time, I enjoy ballroom dancing, Latin dancing, reading, crafting, painting, photography, bowling, and exercising, among other things. For the past two years, I have enjoyed performing at the Nutcracker Ballet and at local dance recitals. I consider myself a lifelong learner; I enjoy and will always enjoy learning about everything! Sharing my Spanish culture and heritage with my classes gives me great joy, so I look forward to doing that and also in getting to know you. I hope that together we embark in a memorable adventure and that your love for learning Spanish increases with this unique learning experience!
My Philosophy of Learning and Teaching. Teaching is an art for me and one of my passions. I work very hard to be the best teacher I can be. The same effort and hard work that I give to my classes I expect from my students. I consider teaching and learning to be active processes and my class is structured with this in mind. We will be using videos, music, computer technology, individual and group activities, games and exercises to have a class filled with variety. As teacher I am a facilitator of learning; I will be constantly striving to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in this course. Learning to speak a foreign language is not an easy task. However, you play an indispensable role in your own personal success and in our class’ success; ultimately, the richness of your experience in this course depends on your active involvement and participation. I wish you the best during the semester.
¡Bienvenidos a nuestra clase de español!
Professor of Spanish & Psychology
Foreign Languages Department
Blinn College, Bryan Campus
Center for International Business Studies