Dr. Betancur was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, where she completed her undergraduate studies in linguistics and literature. In 2002 she moved to Spain to complete a master’s in literary analysis at the University of Granada. For the last ten years she has lived in the United States. She graduated from the University of Arizona’s doctoral program in Spanish with a focus on Hispanic American literature. During her years as a graduate student in the Spanish department she had the opportunity to teach all of the classes that constitute the basic program and the minor. She currently works as a Lecturer for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
Oral approach. For the student with no previous experience in Spanish. Contact department for additional information.
A study of the interrelationships between cultural forms and their socio-historical contexts in the development of Latin America from pre-colonial times to the present.
Continuation of Spanish 101, 102, and 201 or by placement exam. As the second semester of the second year Spanish, this course is designed to provide insight into the literature and culture of the Spanish speaking countries. Themes are developed by content-based cultural activities, which provide awareness in the Hispanic culture, and encourage students to formulate opinions on a variety of contemporary issues through authentic readings, discussions and writing. This course reviews the grammatical concepts in a more sophisticated way and analyses more complex syntactic structures considered within a functional whole such as the subjunctive moods, etc. The teaching approach integrates grammar and culture in a functional use through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Classroom activities stress communication across the four skills with a strong aural, oral and written component. Audio, video, and computer materials incorporated.