Anne Becher's main professional interests include foreign language education and pedagogy for teaching second-language writing, as well as best practices for mentoring student teachers and graduate-level language instructors.
foreign/world language teaching, Spanish language, teaching students who experience extreme difficulties with learning foreign languages
SPAN 1010 - Beginning Spanish 1
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Offers students a firm command of Spanish grammar. Grammar is used as a point of departure for development of oral skills. Reading and writing are stressed to a lesser degree. Attendance at the language laboratory may be mandatory. Degree credit not granted for this course and SPAN 1150.
SPAN 3010 - Advanced Rhetoric and Composition
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Designed to refine expository and argumentative writing in Spanish, this course will center around four main areas of study: culture, linguistics, sociopolitical and economic reality, and literature and criticism. A multi-draft process-based approach will guide the writing and revision of essays. Additionally, there will be a focus on grammar and lexical issues most challenging for students at the third-year level.
SPAN 3060 - Spanish for Careers in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development
Provides advanced Spanish language competency and transcultural knowledge of issues pertaining to the environment, energy and sustainable development in the Spanish-speaking world. Students will develop a critical apparatus for analyzing, reading, listening, speaking and writing about the social, cultural and economic parameters of these countries and the U.S.
SPAN 4650 - Methods of Teaching Spanish
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Familiarizes students with current methodology and techniques in foreign language teaching. Peer-teaching coupled with opportunity to teach mini-lessons provide students with actual teaching experience in the foreign language classroom. Same as SPAN 5650.
SPAN 4980 - Methods Language Learn/Pedagogy
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Required, intensive mini-course for teaching assistants in Spanish and Portuguese. Provides teachers with the opportunity to learn about language learning theory and pedagogy.