¡Hola! My name is Juan-Alberto and I am one of the full-time Spanish professors at Valencia College – East Campus. I teach Elementary Spanish 1 & 2 as well as the courses for Spanish Heritage Speakers (SPN 1340 & SPN 1341). In these courses, I immerse students in the language as much as possible which includes having students make the best of class time by practicing and speaking as much Spanish as possible in the classroom. I am an enthusiastic and energetic professor who tries to make learning Spanish interesting through a variety of fun and engaging learning activities where I incorporate technology, Spanish music, games, and the culture from the various Spanish speaking countries of Latin America.
My own academic background is broad and my academic interests vary. However, before joining Valencia College in the fall of 2014, I studied Hispanic Linguistics, where I specialized in Spanish phonetics, phonology, & dialectology as a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I also received a M.A.T. degree in Foreign Language Teaching & Secondary Education from National Louis University, a M.A. degree in Spanish Linguistics and a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.