¡Hola, estudiantes! My name is Bouchra and I am a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Linguistics and a Graduate Associate in Teaching for the department of Spanish and Portuguese. I graduated from the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain) in 2018 with a BA in Translation and Interpretation. My working languages are English, French, Catalan and Arabic, and my thesis was focused on the Interpretation of Spanish Sign Language in songs. During my undergraduate studies I completed an academic exchange at Queen's University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Upon graduation, I was lucky to be awarded with a scholarship to perform as a Spanish Cultural and Language Assistant in Illinois College, US. During this academic year I found my passion for education; offering language practice and exposure to the culture and perspectives of Spanish speakers and serving as a bridge between the institution and the Spanish-speaking population in the local community.
During my senior year I worked as an interpreter in conferences and completed an internship interpreting for the Hospital General Universitario de Alicante. At the same time, I worked as a translator for the International Project Management Office in Alicante. Nevertheless, my real passion is and will always be musicals; hence, my involvement in a youth association where I performed as coordinator of different artistic projects.
At the UofA I am a BLP coordinator, member of the Committee Coordinator of the Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture and I worked as an Editorial Assistant for the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Editorial.
My areas of interest include:
- morphological processing.
- language perception and production.
- Spanish and Arabic in contact.
- bi- and multilingualism variation.
- second language acquisition and teaching.
- translation studies.
- language program direction.