Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente’s MWWP Grant

We sat down with Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente, Site Director of the MayaWest Writing Project to find out more about the $15,000 grant she received for it, and how it would benefit the project. Vicente explained how the project has been around since 2007, and they are now entering their tenth-year anniversary. The MayaWest Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project. It is the only site in Puerto Rico and the only truly bilingual site of the organization. Vicente describes it as a project for teachers and how they “coach teachers to incorporate writing in their classroom.” Vicente recalled how … Read more…

INGL 5025 Current Approaches in Linguistic Theory

Dr. Catherine Mazak will offer an advanced undergraduate and graduate course on Linguistic Theory for the following Spring semester. The course is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 8:45 in the morning. On this course the students will explore the post-structural turn in applied linguistics and what it means in how we understand “languaging.” First off Dr. Mazak will expose the idea that languages as you know them do not exist… and we’ll shake things up from there.” Through the usage of the post-structural approaches to linguistics, and how these theoretical perspectives just might be the best way … Read more…

Interning Crossroads Activity: Opportunities for English majors

Last week a very special event took place. The English Department hosted “Interning Crossroads: Imagining Futures in English and Beyond,” an informative presentation about Internships for the English Undergraduates, from the perspective of four undergrads who embarked on internships last Summer or last semester: Ana Romanach, Amanda Ciani, Andrea Valdés and Keysalis Fermín. Keysalis Fermín recalled how she worked as an intern at the Phillis Wheatley School in Louisiana, as part of the Relay program of the Graduate School of Education (GSE). Her job consisted on preparing fifth-grade students for sixth grade which was part of the program’s purpose to turn … Read more…

Featured Alumni: Angel Matos

This semester, I had the opportunity to converse with one of our English Department Alumni, who has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. His story tells us about his path of discovery, the challenges of the current academic job market, and offers sage advice to our community. We would like to know a little about your background, perhaps a past anecdote that has shaped you into the person you have become today. I guess something that has shaped and continues to shape me today is the fact that I never really limited … Read more…

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