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Gisselle Velarde, M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Spanish

Gisselle Velarde has taught different levels of Spanish that include elementary to intermediate levels and advanced levels for intensive programs in the military field. She has lived in México and has traveled to different Spanish speaking countries. As an educator, her goal is to inspire and motivate students to learn the Spanish language, to encourage them to develop their communicative skills and to be more involved in the Hispanic culture.

She is passionate about creating a comfortable environment where her students can develop and practice their writing, reading and oral skills. She loves reading Mexican literature, traveling, and walking her dogs

Education

  • M.A., Spanish, San Diego State University
  • B.A., Spanish, San Diego State University

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Spanish I – SPA 1001
  • Elementary Spanish II – SPA 1002

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • American Association of Teacher of Spanish and Portuguese

Awards and Honors

  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, San Diego State University, San Diego, 2017
  • Favorite Faculty Member Award, San Diego State University. Award based on nominations provided by SDSU residential students, San Diego 2018.

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Sin fronteras: Bringing U.S. Spanish into the classroom.” Session presented at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in Nashville, TN, November 2017.
  • “Strategies to encourage effective student interaction and cooperation in small group activities in a language-teaching classroom.” Session presented at the 5th World Languages Symposium at MiraCosta College. San Diego, CA October 2017.
  • “Assessing Learners’ Reactions and Attitudes towards Interpersonal Tasks.” Session presented at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in New Orleans, LA, November 2018.
  • “Motivating learners to visualize themselves as L2 speakers.” Session presented at the 6th World Languages Symposium at MiraCosta College. San Diego, CA October 2018.
  • “El discurso oral del docente de lenguas: Análisis y reflexión para el desarrollo pedagógico.” Conference presented at the AATSP (The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) conference in San Diego, California, July 2019.
  • “Aprendizaje del español a través de tareas colaborativas y la interacción sincrónica mediada por computadora.” Conference presented at the AATSP (The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese) conference in San Diego, California, July 2019.
  • “What is my classroom talk like? Self-analyses for teacher development” Session presented at the 7th World Languages Symposium at MiraCosta College. San Diego, CA October 2019