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Placement Examinations

Spanish

Courses at the elementary and intermediate level in Spanish are of two types: Spanish for Non-Native Speakers:

SPAN 1301Spanish One3
SPAN 1302Spanish Two3
SPAN 2301Interm Spanish One Non-Nat Spk3
SPAN 2302Interm Spanish Two Non-Nat Spk3

Spanish for Spanish Speakers:

SPAN 2303Spanish For Spanish Spkrs One3
SPAN 2304Spanish for Spanish Spkrs Two3

All students interested in Spanish MUST take the Spanish Placement Exam before enrolling in any Spanish course.  Failure to comply in taking the exam will cause a delay in the enrollment process.  The Placement Exam is offered by the Student Assessment and Testing Office, 127 Academic Advising Center (Telephone 915.747.5009 to check on the schedule testing date). The Department of Languages and Linguistics reserves the right to rectify errors in placement caused by a student's failure to observe these guidelines, including the option to drop a student enrolled in an inappropriate course.

French

Students who have acquired a significant knowledge of French through high school study (usually two years or more) or by some other means are urged to take the French Placement Exam before enrolling. The Exam is offered by the Student Assessment and Testing Office, 127 Academic Advising Center (Telephone 915.747.5009 for testing schedule). The Department of Languages and Linguistics reserves the right to rectify errors in placement caused by a student's failure to observe these guidelines, including the option to drop a student enrolled in an inappropriate course. For further information, including information about the CLEP and AP exams, students should consult the French advisor.

Arabic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, and Russian are also taught in the department and may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Students who have acquired a significant knowledge of any of the aforementioned languages through high school study (usually two years or more) or by some other means are urged to consult the department chair for advising. Students with no or inadequate knowledge of either of these languages should enroll in the first-semester course.

ESOL

Regarding English for Speakers of Other Languages, a placement exam is required of all students who were admitted to UTEP based on TOEFL (with a score of less than 600), PTE (with score of less than 44), or PAA scores. Information about testing schedules is available from the Student Assessment and Testing Office, at 915.747.5009.

Bilingual Professional Writing Certificate

Students in any major who have some fluency in both English and Spanish are eligible to pursue certification. They are required to pass, with a B or better, a combination of two English classes and two Translation classes. They then pass an exit exam to receive the certificate. For further information, consult either the Department of English or the Department of Languages and Linguistics.

Certificate in Brazilian Studies 

Students who want to be more competitive in the global workforce are welcome to take this certificate. A certificate in Brazilian Studies is a logical compliment to some of our existing minors.  This certificate include courses in Portuguese language and in Brazilian Culture, Literature and Film offered in the Department of Languages and Linguistics as well as in other departments such as Art, Sociology and Anthropology, Communication, History, Political Sciences, African American Studies and CIBS in the College of Liberal Arts; as well as courses in the College of Education.  Some of these courses already focus on Brazil, while others have or can add a component on Brazil.

The certificate consists of 15 credit hours with one required course PORT 3340: Introduction to Brazilian Cultures.  The remaining 4 courses should be taken in at least 3 of the participating departments. Students will be required to maintain a minimum B average in certificate courses. Students may substitute one of these courses for a study abroad experience in Brazil offered by a certified academic program.

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CHAIR: Dr. Maria-Socorro Tabuenca

Professors

Jon Amastae
Contact Information: jamastae@utep.edu; 915-747-6803
Education: Ph D, University of Oregon at Eugene

Kirsten Nigro
Contact Information: kfnigro@utep.edu; 915-747-7044
Education: BA, University of Delaware; MA, Middlebury College; Ph D, University of Illinois
Research Interests: Latin American literature and culture, women's theatre, the representation of violence, visual representation, performance and photography,translation, Mexican and Argentine theatre

Nicholas Sobin
Contact Information: njsobin@utep.edu; 915-747-7023
Education: Ph D, The University of Texas at Austin

Maria-Socorro Tabuenca
Contact Information: mtabuenc@utep.edu; 915-747-7026
Education: BA, The University of Texas at El Paso; MA, The University of Texas at El Paso; Certificate at Master´s Level, Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana; Ph D, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Research Interests: Women's representations in media iand Literature; femicide; borders literatures

Associate Professors

Matthew Desing
Contact Information: mvdesing2@utep.edu; 915-747-7028
Education: Ph D

Jane Evans
Contact Information: jeevans@utep.edu; 915-747-7029
Education: Ph D, University of New Mexico

Lowry Martin
Contact Information: lmartin@utep.edu; 915-747-7045
Education: BA, Texas Tech University; JD, Texas Tech University; MA, University of California-Berkeley; Ph D, University of California--Berkeley

Alfredo Urzua Beltran
Contact Information: aurzua@utep.edu; 915-747-7038
Education: MA, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph D, Northern Arizona University
Research Interests: Second language teacher education, discourse analysis, academic language use, bilingual proficiency, teacher identity construction, reflective teaching and learning, corpus linguistics.

Assistant Professors

Carla Contemori
Contact Information: ccontemori@utep.edu
Education: MA, University of Siena; BA, University of Siena; Ph D, University of Siena

Aileen El-Kadi
Contact Information: aelkadi2@utep.edu; 915-747-8054
Education: Ph D, University of Colorado
Research Interests: Contemporary Brazilian, Colombian, Argentine, and Mexican literature and film. Representations of urban violence. Mass-media. The construction of marginality and otherness. Drug-trafficking related topics.

Natalia Mazzaro
Contact Information: nmazzaro@utep.edu; 915-747-7040
Education: BA, Universidad Nacional de Litoral; MA, York University; Ph D, University of Toronto
Research Interests: I am interested in studying the acoustic motivations of sound variation and change in Romance. I am also concerned with phonetic variation and phonological categorization

Sara Potter
Contact Information: sapotter@utep.edu; 915-747-7039
Education: BA, Central Michigan University; MA, Middlebury College; Ph D, Washington University in Saint Louis
Research Interests: Contemporary Mexican literature, avant-garde movements in Latin America, contemporary Latin American narrative, essay, and poetry, gender studies, technology, theories of urban space, theories of the body, popular culture, countercultural movements, media studies, and science fiction.

Clinical Associate Professor

Daniel Centeno
Contact Information: djcenteno@utep.edu; 915-747-7043
Education: Ph D, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Assistant Professor of Practice

Debora Zamorano
Contact Information: dbzamorano@utep.edu; 915-747-6360
Education: BA, Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo; EDD, The University of Texas at El Paso
Research Interests: Learning anxiety and self-esteem in second language learners; objectives and expectations from Portugese Students at the University of Texas at el Paso

Associate Professor Emerituss

Sandra Beyer
Contact Information: sbeyer@utep.edu; 915-747-7025

Ellen Courtney
Contact Information: ehcourtney@utep.edu; 915-747-5934
Education: Ph D, University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona

Frederick Kluck
Contact Information: fkluck@utep.edu; 915-747-7031

Visiting Assistant Professor

Adam Demaray
Contact Information: andemaray@utep.edu; 915-747-7025
Education: BA, Pomona College; MA, Tulane University; Ph D, Tulane University
Research Interests: Brazil, 20th and 21st century, anonymity, identity, media, urban space, Southern Cone