Esperanza Velasquez



Instructor of Spanish

Office: 446 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 601.979.2866






M.A. Education, emphasis in Spanish Literature
      Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
B.A., Philology & Foreign Languages, emphasis in Spanish
        Universidad Libre de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, South America
A.A., Programming & Data Processing
                                Hinds Community College, Raymond, Mississippi

Currently pursuing a doctorate degree at JSU in Early Childhood Education, Emphasis in Reading, Dissertation phase.  Dissertation: The Common Core and the Teaching of Spanish in a Jackson Metro Area Public School.
Specialty Areas:  
Spanish & Latin American Literature

Courses Taught: 
    •    SP 101 Elementary Spanish 
    •    SP 102 Elementary Spanish
    •    SP 201 Intermediate Spanish
    •    SP 202 Intermediate Spanish
    •    SP 230 Spanish Civilization Studies
    •    SP 231 Spanish-America Civilization Studies
    •    SP 312 Survey of Spanish Literature
    •    SP 322 Conversation & Composition
    •    SP 422 Advanced Topics for Conversation
    •    SP 425 Advanced Spanish Grammar
    •    SP 430 History of Spanish Civilization
    •    SP 480 Independent Study 

    •    Research Interests:  Latin Civilizations & Culture; The Immigrant Experience; Hispanic Immigration; Spanish Instruction in Early Childhood Education; Pre-Columbian Cultures and Archaeology, emphasis on existing pre-Columbian languages

Presentations and papers:
    •    2015  National Hispanic Heritage Month: Mississippi Hispanic Association Twenty years, Hispanic Acculturation and Assimilation in MS. JSU Visitor Center
    •    2016  National Hispanic Heritage Month: “Mississippi’s Hispanic Heritage: Selected Writings 1492-1798,” COFO Institute at JSU

    •    Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honors Society, Advisor
    •    Linguistics Program Committee 
    •    Student Honors Awards Program, Honors Week
    •    Recruitment Committee 
    •    Seminar Series Committee
    •    Foreign Language Fair

Professional and Community Membership: 
    •    MFLA, Mississippi Foreign Language Association
    •    MIRA, Mississippi Immigrants Right Alliance 
    •    MHA, Co-Founder of the Mississippi Hispanic Association (1995)
    •    Board Member of the Mississippi Hispanic Association (1995-present)


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