A compelling class seen through the eyes of professor
Pre-med undergraduate majoring in Religious Studies
have a Spanish surname. Yet I was never completely exposed to the
Spanish language. My parents are immigrants from Mexico and native
Spanish speakers, but they never taught the language to their five
children. Instead, my parents learned English and spoke to us in
True, they eliminated language barriers for us, which made following
school curricula and getting jobs a little easier. During family
reunions or family visits, however, I felt awkward and somewhat ashamed
that I could not talk with relatives.
Winter quarter of my sophomore year, while searching for one more class
to complete my list, I decided to take Spanish 1A with Alicia Miano. Her
passion for speaking and teaching the language and her humor and
enthusiasm made waking up for a
9 a.m. class worthwhile. When the quarter was over, I was equipped with
enough grammar and vocabulary to converse with my relatives.
Last spring quarter, once again I found myself looking for one more
class to complete my study list. Fond memories of Spanish 1A came to
mind and I did not hesitate in enrolling in Spanish 11C.
Through the use of computers and visual and auditory effects, Alicia had
added a technological component to her teaching that enhanced the
learning process. Assignments required going to Meyer Library to use
computers in the language lab.