F502 Fall 2019 Spanish Conversation Forum
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 25–Nov. 13
Instructors: Bernardo Vargas Giraldo, Elizabeth Trent Hammer
Class limit: 16
The objectives of this class are to practice the Spanish language and learn about Spanish/Latino culture through articles, photographs, videos, and speakers. Classes are conducted entirely in Spanish. English will be used only occasionally to explain grammar and idiomatic expressions. A prerequisite for this class is an ability to converse in Spanish at the high intermediate to advanced level. Students volunteer to make presentations in Spanish on timely topics of their choosing.
Bernardo Vargas Giraldo received his PhD in legal science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He specialized in public administration and international business at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a writer and analyst of economic and political subjects. Elizabeth Trent Hammer received her doctor of arts from Mason in community college education. She worked for Northern Virginia Community College as a professor of English as a second language for 20 years and retired as professor emerita. She also worked as a Spanish/French translator for the FBI.