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Welcome to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Miami University! We invite you to explore our website and browse our programs, activities and events. If you'd like more information, feel free to contact us.

In addition to forming strong oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and Portuguese, the department offers a rich undergraduate program that allows students to study the literature, language and cultures of the Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone worlds from a broad range of perspectives: film studies, gender studies, creative writing, history, and others. A variety of opportunities are available to students outside of the classroom as well, such as  faculty-led workshops in Latin America and Spain and service learning initiatives in the surrounding Hispanic communities. Whether in class, in one-on-one collaboration with the faculty, or in the larger community, our students develop the practical skills and cultural preparedness they need for their future as citizens and professionals in a world in which Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone cultures will play an increasingly important role.

Upcoming Events

Luis Prádanos García“Disaster Fictions and the Pedagogy of Catastrophe”

Professor Luis (Iñaki) Prádanos-Garcia
Thursday, September 15th at 5:00 PM


This Year's Theme: Innovation and Language Learning and Assessment

• Attend sessions designed to enhance the teaching experience
• Learn about current trends in language teaching and assessment
• Share language teaching experiences for today’s classroom
• Network with experienced and new language teachers
• All languages welcome: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, etc.

Friday, October 14th, 2016, 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Miami University Voice of America Learning Center
7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069

Co-sponsored by: the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (SPN); Department of Teacher Education (EDT), School of Education, Health, and Society (EHS)

Portrait of John TroyanKeynote Speaker: Francis John Troyan is Assistant Professor of World Language Education at The Ohio State University in Columbus. His teaching and research focus on foreign language teacher development and genre and functional linguistics in K-12 foreign language education. His research has appeared in The Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, and Language and Sociocultural Theory. He is a co-author of Implementing Integrated Performance Assessment.

Selected Topics: Project-Based Learning, Cultural Practices and Perspectives, Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs), Curriculum Development, Technology to Promote Standards, and more.

To register: https://MiamiUniversity.cvent.com/MUCTLFall2016

Department News

Rojas-Miesse Selected ACTFL Award Winner

Congratulations to Senior Lecturer Nohelia Rojas-Miesse on her selection as an ACTFL Global Engagement Initiative Award Winner at the ACTFL 2016 Awards Ceremony in Boston on November 18, 2016 for her medical Spanish program in Nicaragua!.

Rojas-Miesse And ACFTL AwardRojas-Miesse And ACFTL Award

The Miami University Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (MUCTFL) is rapidly approaching. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you and spending a day learning and networking together.   The schedule of the conference is ready for you to view and plan your day.  Please follow the "Schedule of Events" for interesting topics to be discussed that day and be sure to register!

SPN 331 StudentsSpanish 331 Students Work With Local Community

Students from Spanish 331 (Spanish for Community Work) from the spring of 2016 working with children from Vida Eterna-Iglesia Luterana in West Chester, Ohio.  They provided tutoring services, assisted with enrichment programs and communicated with families in the community.  Vida Eterna offers a  variety of programs for the Latino communities in Butler County, including a summer reading program, ESL/Citizenship classes, a mother's and youth group, fitness classes, and much more.

Fowler-Córdova Selected for Nuestra Familia Award

Congratulations to Katie Fowler Cordova for being selected as a recipient of the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission "Nuestra Familia Award" for outstanding service to the Latino/Hispanic communities.  Felicidades Katie!

In Memoriam: Heanon Wilkins

Heanon Wilkins, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, passed away on December 16, 2015. A reflection on his life was posted to the Miami website.

Congratulations our new Senior Lecturers

Portrait of Katie Fowler-Cordova Portrait of Jill Gomez Portrait of Tamise Ironstrack
Katie Fowler-Córdova Jill Gómez Tamise Ironstrack

The Dean’s office noted that our candidates were among the most outstanding and have set a high bar for the future of Senior Lecturer promotions.  Of course, we already knew they are on the cutting edge of SLA pedagogy, service to the department, college, university and beyond, along with amazing and original initiatives from Modified courses to Community Outreach.