Faculty: Maria Salome Chavarria
Maria Salome Chavarria
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Professor Chavarría received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca and received her Master’s Degree in Teaching Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also taken Applied Linguistics courses at Instituto Cervantes and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija both located in Spain. She is currently a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Chavarría originally came to the University of Houston – Victoria as part of partnership with Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 2008 she was hired by UHV as a full time faculty to begin the Spanish program for upper division classes. Subsequently she developed the syllabi for the teaching of those courses. Since then a bachelor´s program has been approved for a degree. She was a member of the committee that developed the curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
Her study and travels abroad have enabled her to interact with students from different backgrounds and cultures. She has taught Spanish as a second and foreign language in Mexico and the United States. She also studied in Spain.
While she believes in the effectiveness of using communicative approaches in the classroom, she believes that only practice can aid the students in achieving the fluency needed to communicate. In order to enhance learning opportunities for her students, Chavarría hosts “Café Social” every other Thursday evening in a local coffee shop and invites both students and interested community members to join and practice Spanish. Café Social has been meeting for two years.
She organized and elaborated the plans and programs for the Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (MEELE) which opened up at Universidad Internacional. She has taught courses in methods for teaching languages at the master’s and college level, she has edited and translated publications. Her experience also includes teaching Spanish for multinational corporate executives working in Mexico as well as supervising language tutors who teach executives in multinational companies. She has taught Spanish for specific purposes to army, highway patrol and narcotics police personnel in the United States.