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Becher, Anne Senior Instructor

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research overview

  • 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.

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  • foreign/world language teaching, Spanish language, teaching students who experience extreme difficulties with learning foreign languages

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Teaching

courses taught

  • LGTC 5010 - Fundamentals of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Practice
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Introduces students to major theoretical approaches to Second Language Acquisition and explores their educational potential through scholarly readings and practical implementation and assessment of their usefulness in the foreign language classroom. This course is offered online summer semesters (D Term) through the School of Continuing Education.
  • SPAN 1010 - Beginning Spanish 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    A beginning course that assumes no prior knowledge or experience with Spanish. A variety of language-teaching approaches are used to help students develop all four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Degree credit not granted for this course and SPAN 1150.
  • SPAN 3010 - Advanced Rhetoric and Composition
    Primary Instructor - 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
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    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 3080 - Spanish Health Professions
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Develops advanced Spanish language competency and trans-cultural knowledge and skills for health related contexts both in the United States and abroad in order to develop a critical apparatus for analyzing, reading, listening, speaking and writing about health and understanding health fields in historical and sociocultural contexts of the Spanish speaking world.
  • SPAN 4650 - Methods of Teaching Spanish
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    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
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Required, intensive mini-course for teaching assistants in Spanish and Portuguese. Provides teachers with the opportunity to learn about language learning theory and pedagogy.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)