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Ana Raquel Torres




President of the  Hispanic Studies Graduate Students Association,  2013-2014
 

I am a Master’s Degree candidate in Hispanic Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Thanks to the excellent program offered at Concordia, I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge of linguistics and Hispanic literature and culture, as well as to improve my skills as a language teacher. Prior to studying at Concordia, I earned a B.A. in Education with a major in Modern Languages at the Universidad del Atlántico in Colombia, my native country, in 2004.

 

I have over 15 years’ experience in language teaching, which is my passion, and have taught Spanish and English to students at the primary, secondary and university levels. In February 2013, I was granted a teaching permit by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec, which certifies that I have satisfied the requirements for teaching at the secondary school level in Quebec.


My academic and research interests are centered on multilingualism, second language teaching and learning, and the acquisition of Spanish as a second and third language. In fact, my current research is into the acquisition of vocabulary in learning Spanish as an L3.

 

A preview of my thesis, Simultaneous and Consecutive Bilinguals and Vocabulary Learning Strategies in Learning Spanish as an L3, was presented at the 31st Annual Second Language Research Forum at the University of Pittsburgh in October 2012. I also presented preliminary results of my thesis at the QODAS (Quebec-Ontario Dialogues on the Acquisition of Spanish) Conference at Western University, London, Canada, in April 12, 2013.

Linguistics and literature, in particular Hispanic and Caribbean literature, are also part of my academic interests. On March 2012, I had the opportunity to  present an essay on the novel La multitud errante,  by the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo, at the symposium  "Sex and Sexuality in Hispanic Literature and Film"  held at California State University, Long Beach. In my capacity as co-Founder and social vice-president of the  Hispanic Studies Graduate Students Association,  I co-organized the  II Coloquio de Estudiantes de Estudios Hispánicos,  held at Concordia on February 1st , 2013, and as president of the HSGSA, I co-organized the  III Coloquio de Estudiantes de Estudios Hispánicos,  also held at Concordia on January 31-February 1, 2014.
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Fields of Interest
  • Pedagogy.
  • Second Language Teaching and Learning.
  • Multilingualism.
  • Teaching and Acquisition of Spanish as a Second and Third Language.
  • Hispanic Literature.
 
Teaching Experience in Canada
  • Spanish Instructor - introductory Level (SPAN 201). Concordia University, Montreal. Fall 2013.
  • Facilitator (Spanish conversation workshops). Concordia University, Montreal. Winter 2013.
  • Spanish Instructor - introductory Level (SPAN 201). Concordia University, Montreal. Fall 2012.
  • Spanish Instructor - introductory Level (SPAN 201). Concordia University, Montreal. Fall 2011.
  • Spanish and English Teacher. Centre de formation professionnelle: ELC, Laval. 2010 - 2011.
  • Spanish and English Teacher. LPS (Languages, Production, Services, LTD) Laval. 2010 - 2011.