Teaching

I have taught a variety of classes that go beyond my personal research interests (bilingualism, sociophonetics, and language style) into other aspects of the language sciences. 

At the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, I have taught:

  1. Introduction to Sociolinguistics (INGL 4026);
  2. World Englishes (INGL 3296);
  3. Crosslinguistic Studies in Bilingualism (INGL 5009);
  4. Special Topics in Sociolinguistics (INGL 6016);
  5. Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics (INGL 3227);
  6. English Grammar and Language Use (INGL 3205).

In this fall, I will teach at the University of Puerto Rico:

  1. Introduction to Linguistics (INGL 3225);
  2. English Phonology (INGL 4047).

I also acted as Ocassional Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, where I taught courses on Lexicography / Aspects of Vocabulary (Spring 2017, 2018) and Aspects of Written Language (Fall 2016). At Trinity, I also acted as Teaching Assistant in Beginners and Intermediate Spanish (2016 – 2018) courses under supervision of Rosa Ana Losano. At Griffith College Dublin, I taught Pre-Master’s Academic English (Spring 2018) to international students.  I have pursued missionary work in the Czech Republic which also required teaching Intermediate English to Czech high school students (2010). Under Tucson’s First Baptist Church, I volunteered to teach English to a Burmese refugee family (2009)

My teaching style involves the use of real world examples (particularly, popular culture references). I am keen on using Internet memes and videos to facilitate linguistic content, I also like complimenting core textbooks with academic articles, as I believe it is important to instruct students on this prestigious register as early as possible. I am also a fan of a more hands-on student-as-a-linguist approach in the classroom, where I dig up language data and ask students to detect the linguistic components of the example exercises. I have had the advantage of being schooled as linguist in different parts of the world, and, so, I am well-aware of different teaching strategies as well as schools of thought. I feel like that is perhaps one of the things that best comes across in my teaching classroom.

For sample class, click below:

Semantics and the lexicon: Week 5 – Lexis and Meaning – Sample Lecture

Source: Aspects of Vocabulary (Lexicography), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

 

Check out class websites:

https://topicsinsociolinguistics.school.blog/ https://phoneticsatuprm.school.blog/

Back in 2011 with my mentor, Liz Dayton, on our last day of INGL 5009 Contrastive Grammar at UPRM.