Our Language Teaching with Technology certificate faculty have interdisciplinary backgrounds in the fields of education, languages, and technology. They are dedicated to helping world language teachers learn how to leverage today’s technology to improve their students’ proficiency and intercultural competence. In their classes, our certificate faculty provide tools and strategies to effectively and confidently navigate the evolving language teaching profession.
Adrienne Gonzales, PhD
Adrienne received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics with a focus on Second Language Acquisition and Computer-Assisted Language Learning from the University of New Mexico. For over 15 years, she has worked in language education as an instructor, pedagogy specialist, and administrator. She has taught language and the high school and college level and is currently the Director of the Language Learning Center at Tulane University. Adrienne is also a certified College Reading and Learning Association Master Tutor and is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Teaching Philosophy: Adrienne strives for student agency and accessibility, and she differentiates instruction and assignments whenever possible to offer students choice in the way in which they connect and engage with content. For instructors and students alike, she believes that mindfulness is crucial for critical self-reflection and a helpful tool for addressing issues of equity and inclusion. In practice, her teaching relies on community, collaboration, and commitment. Adrienne gets to know the students, school, and surrounding community in order to draw authentic real-world connections to course content, utilize available resources, and establish camaraderie necessary for cooperative learning. She strives to make herself available and approachable to facilitate participation as a team member with other instructors and students alike. Finally, Adrienne is committed to serving students and establishing a culture of mutual respect and engagement that leads students to love learning.
Galina Nicoll (Siergiejczyk), PhD
Originally from Belarus, Galina is also a Polish citizen where she received her first academic degree. She later went on to receive both her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from CU Boulder. She has extensive knowledge in designing and teaching blended and fully online classes and previously piloted the virtual International Exchange program. Galina has been honored most recently with nominations for the Annual Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award and the Marinus Smith Award. In addition to certificate courses, she also teaches for the Global Residential Academic Program, the Space Minor program, and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at CU Boulder. In her free time, Galina enjoys dressage, tennis and yoga.
Teaching Philosophy: Galina strives to develop curricula and course content in a way that allows for learning to take place simultaneously with exploring meaningful projects. Whenever possible, she strives to simplify the design of the learning environment in order to help her students feel organized and have clarity about the course rhythm, coursework expectations and grading policies. Her students' comfort and engagement are of the utmost importance, and thus dictate infusion of a certain diversity in the media used and the applications to deliver content or complete practice assignments. Here, she works to select tools that engage, and not overwhelm. When applicable, she adds resources that have been designed by colleagues and authentic media in the target language, so as to engage in proper intercultural communicative competencies learning in addition to traditional foreign language skills mastery. She strives to employ adaptive, student-centered learning tools, such as dialogue, creative and continuous (semester-long) project-based learning, often in collaborative groups. She aims ultimately to support a personalized journey that encourages students to think of a learning process as a way to acquire broad cultural knowledge, develop strong personal interest and curiosity to continue with their learning process, and build valuable lifelong skills.