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Christina Marie Gomez

Title:

Instructor of Spanish

School:

College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:

Bristol Campus: Bristol Hall 206

Office Phone:

423-652-4803

Email:



Biography

Spanish is my passion. I remember as a high school student taking a Spanish class and realizing there was a whole new world and culture that I had not explored. I discovered through learning Spanish, I would not only be able to expand my knowledge and potential as a person, but that I would be able to share my knowledge with others and be able to communicate with a community of people I would otherwise not be able to share life with.           

Through teaching Spanish, I am able to impart my personal experience and my passion for the language to my students in hopes that they will be enticed with a new cultural experience and a more enlightening experience in life. Many students go into learning a foreign language with misconceptions and negative attitudes. I encourage my students to see learning Spanish as an opportunity rather than a requirement.

It is amazing to see students’ facial expressions change as I explain the benefits of learning Spanish to them. I share with them how Spanish is the second widely spoken language in the US, how many jobs are requiring fluency in Spanish, and that people who speak Spanish may receive higher salaries than those who do not. I also tell my students how they will be able to have a bigger worldview knowing another language, and be able to travel and meet people who speak Spanish. I even share my personal story of how I met my husband in Honduras and how we communicate in Spanish, which usually surprises the students and gives them a new perspective on Spanish, it becomes more relevant to them.

In the classroom, I focus on communication. Many students take years of Spanish and know the grammar but are unable to speak the language. I create a safe environment in my classroom for speaking the target language. I tell my students it is OK to make mistakes and that in the languages we speak (both our native language(s) as well as our second language(s) and so on) we will always make mistakes, we will never speak a language perfectly. I focus on communication and incorporate culture through activities and oftentimes will focus on a particular country to give our in class exercises a cultural context. I maintain a positive and fun attitude while teaching Spanish to show my students that learning Spanish can be fun and exciting.

I encourage my students to go beyond the classroom by getting involved in the Spanish speaking community. I give them different resources such as organizations, community centers, and places they can go to meet Spanish speaking people and get involved in their lives. I also tell them to listen to music in Spanish, watch movies in Spanish, go to tiendas, travel to a Spanish speaking country for an extended amount of time, and to immerse themselves as much as possible in the Spanish speaking world.

Teaching Spanish brings great joy to my life and I feel the most accomplished when students come to me saying they are serious about learning Spanish, want to travel to Spanish speaking country to become more fluent, or when they tell me they have switched their major or minor to Spanish. I feel fulfilled when a see a previous student and they tell me how my class inspired them to learn Spanish. Teaching Spanish is a gift to me and I am so glad I can be a vehicle to motivate others and give them a new perspective on learning the Spanish language.

Besides teaching, I enjoy running marathons, hiking, doing yoga reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our four dogs. 



Recent Publications and Presentations

Academic Presentations

Addressing Academic Dishonesty and Developing Study Skills in your students, King University, Fall 2017

How to Incorporate Games and make class fun, King University, Spring 2017

How Develop Study Skills and Engage students in class, ACA Teaching and Learning Institute, Summer 2017

Active Learning: Developing Strategies to Engage and Motivate students in class.

ACA Summit, Kingsport TN, Fall 2016

How to get organized and increase productivity in your classes. Faculty workshop Series, King University, Fall 2016

Active Learning: Developing Strategies to Engage and Motivate students in class. Faculty
Workshop Series,
King University, Spring 2016 

Incorporating technology and games in the foreign language classroom. Pedagogy 
Workshop Series
. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Memphis. Spring 2014
 

Integrating Culture in the L2 Classroom. Pedagogy Workshop Series, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Memphis, Fall 2013. 

 

Educational Workshops/ Training 

King University Faculty and Teaching Workshops, King University faculty, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

ACA Summit, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

ACA Teaching and Learning Conference, Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017

Teaching of Spanish, pedagogy classes, University of Memphis 2012- 2014

Foreign Language Pedagogy Workshop Series, University of Memphis 2012- 2014

 

Research 

Linguistics

Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Grammar in the Spanish classroom, University of Memphis, Spring 2014

Experimental research of popular spoken Spanish in Memphis, Tennessee, University of Memphis, Fall 2013

Research of “El Voseo” (specifically in Argentina) a linguistic phenomenon which occurs in Latin America, University of Memphis, Fall 2012

Literature and Culture

La situacion politica en Pecado de Omission. Literature Research Paper examining the political situation in Spain and comparing it to the story Pecado de Omission by Ana Maria Matute. University of Memphis, Spring 2014.

La Salsa como Simulacro, Cultural research investigation of the popular dance “La Salsa”, the origins, the significance and how it relates and embodies Baudrillard’s theory of Simulacrum. University of Memphis, Fall 2013.

Teaching Experience

Spanish 3310 Civilization of Latin America, Fall 2014, Fall 2017, King University

Spanish 1000 Introductory Spanish, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, King University

Spanish 2000 Intermediate Spanish, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016,  Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, King University

Spanish 2100 Intermediate Study Abroad, Spring 2017, King University 

Spanish 1010 Language and Culture, Summer 2015, Summer 2017 King University

Spanish 1010: Elementary Spanish 1, Spring 2013, Summer 2014, University of Memphis

Spanish 1020: Elementary Spanish 2, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, University of Memphis

Spanish 2020: Intermediate Spanish 2, Spring 2014, University of Memphis

Spanish 2020: Intermediate Spanish 2 Honors, Spring 2014, University of Memphis 

 


Current research

I am interested in further research concerning Linguistics, specifically Second Language Acquisition, Pedagogy, and Sociolinguistics. I am also interested in pursuing further studies in Latin American and Spanish literature and culture. 


Courses recently taught

SPAN 1000 LECT Introductory Spanish
SPAN 1010 LECT Spanish Language and Culture
SPAN 2000 LECT Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 2100 Intermediate Spanish Study Abroad
SPAN 3310 LECT Civilization of Latin America