My Classes

EDUCATION IN VENEZUELA

Focus on the nature and problems of education in Venezuela. Includes coverage of historical precedents and evolution of the system, an examination of the basic philosophical, cultural and pedagogical assumptions of national education in Venezuela and provides a general vision of the system in its current form.

*TSL 576 - METHODS OF TEACHING LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS

This class enables participants to identify and apply major ESOL methodologies to the needs of students with various cultural and language backgrounds, ages and learning styles. Special emphasis is placed on the need to differentiate teaching English to native speakers and speakers of other languages.

TROPICAL ECOLOGY

Acquaints the student with the function of tropical ecosystems, directly related to natural vegetation. Different biological and environmental dynamics of the area between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer will be discussed, with emphasis on American and Venezuelan tropical ecosystems. Includes field assignments in sites of ecological interest, for which one laboratory credit is granted

LING 3300 - SOCIOLINGUISTICS

The object of this course is to introduce the student to the study of linguistic phenomena which are related to social factors. Taking as a starting point studies made by important linguists of Venezuela, the course is oriented to understanding the language-society relationship in the Venezuelan environment.

LING 3400 - SPANISH PHONETICS

This course is designed to equip advanced students with a theoretical background in the study of phonetics and the practice necessary to fine tune the students' oral articulation. Differences between the Spanish Spoken in Spain and in Spanish America will be examined, with special emphasis on Venezuelan Spanish.