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Arcea Zapata de Aston, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Arcea Zapata de Aston

Dr. Arcea Zapata de Aston, Assistant Professor of Spanish 
[email protected]
(270) 852-3219
Faculty Office Building #28

 

Education

Ph.D., Latin American Literature: Poetry, The University of Iowa
M.A., Spanish American and Peninsular Literature, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
B.A. Philology and Languages, Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Colombia

Courses Taught

Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Business/Legal Spanish
Introduction to Hispanic Literature
Latin America Culture and Civilization
Topics: Hispanic Cinema
Spanish Advanced Grammar
Practicum
Hispanic Civilization
Poesía y sociedad
Latinos in the United States
Foreign Language Internship in Service Learning

Awards

* Grant to Faculty for Curriculum Development at University of Evansville
* Strategies that work: Service Learning and Diversity: Module-courses as an Eclectic Approach to Introduce Languages and Culture in Teaching Foreign Languages
* Grant from ALCOA to Community Project “New Horizons.” This project introduces ESL to the Hispanic/Latino community, Tutoring to Hispanic children and Reading club in different languages to the Evansville Community, from May 2006 -2007.
* Nominated by Governor Mitch Daniels to be a participant at the national conference, National Hispanic Leadership Summit, March 20-21, 2007.

Publications (Recent)

* Collective Work of Steve Jones, and Jim Perry, Eds. Quick Hits for Civic Engagement.” Using Community – Based Learning Modules to Introduce Languages and Culture.” Indiana University Press, 4th Edition, 2005.
* Zapata de Aston, Arcea. “Establishing Boundaries: Knowing about Business or Knowing how to Teach Business Language.” This paper was published in the proceedings of the National Business Language CIBER Conference at the University of Utah, Business, Language and Culture, “Putting the pieces together,” April 6-9, 2005.
* Zapata de Aston, Arcea. “Interacción y repercusiones del estereotipo sobre el hispano en el mundo de los negocios.” The paper was published in the proceedings of the CIBER Conference in Connecticut, “The International Business Trinity: Language, Technology, and Culture, at the University of Connecticut, on April 16-18, 2004.

Professional Experience (Recent)

* ENGLISH-SPANISH IMMIGRATION INTERPRETER, Federal Immigration Office in Indianapolis, IN. January 2006-present.
* Study Abroad Committee member at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
* Proposal to Service Learning Project “New Horizons.” This project introduces ESL to the Hispanic/Latino community. Tutoring to Hispanic children and Reading club in different languages to the Evansville Community, from May 2006 -2007.
* Director, LANGUAGES AND CULTURE IN ACTION, language institute for Spanish Immersion and Spanish for the Workplace. Translation, Interpretation, and consulting. Design and writing of materials for teaching and learning languages from January 2005-present.

Service Learning (Recent)

* EDUCA - Founder and President of Educational and Cultural Advancement for Latinos, Inc.
* Arcea Zapata de Aston, Arcea – Educational and Cultural Advancement for Latinos, Inc. “EDUCA,” Founder and Director - Comprehensive language program for Latinos in the Evansville area
* Arcea Zapata de Aston, Arcea. – New Horizons, Founder and Coordinator - Program in partnership with Juan Diego Latino Center at Nativity Church and H.O.L.A, January 16, 2006-July 2007.
* “Hispanic Heritage Month Festival,” Coordinator - University of Evansville, 2004 and 2005.

Languages

* Spanish: Native speaker:
* English: Near-Native speaker
* French: Fluent
* Portuguese: Fluent
* Italian: Fair
* Latin: Reading knowledge
* German: Reading knowledge

 

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