by Ann Abbott
So you are working on your PhD in Spanish literature and linguistics. You and how many other people? Your dissertation is groundbreaking and your advisor is well known in the field. Whose isn't? What can really set you apart? Maybe this: building your expertise in a secondary area that many Spanish departments have on the books but that few professors know how or want to teach. Business Spanish.
Here are two great opportunities to develop this part of your teaching and research portfolio:
1. Consider attending the CIBER Doctoral Symposium at Purdue University on Business Language Pedagogy to be held October 9-10, 2009.
Are you from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? "The Illinois CIBER may be able to help with the travel costs," says Lynnea Johnson, Associate Director. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Sign up for Prof. Andrea Golato's course entitled "Educational Entrepreneurship: Teaching Language across the Curriculum." It's not too late to sign up. And although Prof. Golato is in the German department, this course is for anyone teaching a foreign language.