Foreign languages faculty

Diana E. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., University of Göttingen, Germany
Specialization in Linguistics, UNS, Argentina
Licenciada en Letras, UNS, Argentina

712-707-7036
gonzalez@nwciowa.edu
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Profile

Dr. Gonzalez' main interests revolve around how languages function and behave, especially in fields related to language in society and meaning. She has presented on those topics at national conferences of the North American Christian Foreign Language Association. Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, Dr. Gonzalez served with Wycliffe Bible Translators and the Summer Institute of Linguistics, teaching at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Perú. She also taught Spanish and German at Dordt College, as well as graduate and undergraduate linguistic courses at the universities of Chihuahua and Zacatecas in Mexico, and worked as an editor for a publishing ministry in Costa Rica.


Courses

  • Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature

    Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature

    (3 credits) Advanced development of reading skills and strategies and an introduction to Hispanic literature and literary topics. Students will learn how to effectively read a literary text in Spanish. Attention will be paid to strategies for understanding context through vocabulary and grammar recognition. Additionally students will be introduced to the literary genres and cultural contexts of the texts they study as well as pertinent critical commentary. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.
  • The Sounds of Spanish

    The Sounds of Spanish

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) An in-depth study of Spanish phonetics. Topics include techniques and rules of Spanish articulation, analysis of the sounds of vowels and consonants in Spanish and their differences from English pronunciation, syllabication, rhythm, stress, pitch and intonation. Prerequisites: SPA202 and one 3-credit 300-level course.
  • Practicum in TESL

    Practicum in TESL

    (2 credits) Designed primarily for students who plan to teach English as a second language but who are not part of the TESL endorsement, this practicum places TESL minor students in an ESL teaching setting, primarily with recent immigrants in Sioux County. Students teach ESL to immigrants, either on a one-to-one basis or with small groups. Prerequisite: 201 proficiency in a foreign language, TSL307 or permission of instructor.
  • Applied Linguistics in Language Education

    Applied Linguistics in Language Education

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) The course is a survey of key issues in socio-and applied linguistic inquiry on case studies of topics such as the nature of language, bilingualism and bilingual education as well as language planning and language policy.
  • Survey of Hispanic Literature from the Americas

    Survey of Hispanic Literature from the Americas

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of Spanish Latin-American literature from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis upon major literary movements and their representative masterpieces. Prerequisite: SPA314 or permission of instructor.
  • Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation

    Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation

    Lack of cross-cultural competence and sensitivity is a prominent cause of much frustration and anger between visitors to a country and the individuals living in that country. In preparation for their semester study abroad, in this course students will learn common cross-cultural skills and become aware of the joys and challenges they will face in those months. They will also spend time learning about the country in which they will be studying so they are well-versed in the basic historical, political, economic, social and cultural issues that country has dealt with and is dealing with. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a study abroad program approved by Northwestern College for Spanish majors. (1 credit)
  • Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience

    Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience

    Semester study abroad trips have two interweaving tracks: the external experience, where we encounter the new world in which we are living, and the internal experience, where we visit new places with ourselves. Writing a journal affords the student the opportunity to wrap these two journeys together and end up with a vibrant account of his/her experience - a keepsake that helps him/her remember and learn from the semester study abroad. Thus, a travel journal is the ultimate souvenir. To complete the requirements for this course, students will write a journal during their semester study abroad experience as well as write a final essay reflecting on both the semester abroad and their entire foreign-language collegiate experience. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a study abroad program approved by Northwestern College for Spanish majors. (1 credit)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

    Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture

    (3 credits) (IGE option under Language and Culture) Combined study of intermediate language and culture. Study of primary sources in print, audio and visual forms to develop appreciation for the ways culture in general and the language's culture in particular shape a variety of social contexts. Building on previously acquired ability in Spanish, continued study of language in a communicative context with considerable emphasis upon precision and expansion of linguistic skills. Prerequisite: SPA102, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.

Publications and presentations

  • “Mantenimiento del español en Orange City y Sioux Center”. En: ANAIS,
  • Estudos Linguísticos e Filológicos, XVII Congreso Internacional Asociación de
  • Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (ALFAL). 2014 
  • “Un estudio de actitudes hacia el quechua del este de Apurimac.” SILESR
  • 2014-001, February 2014 
  • “Negative Benefits: It
  • sounds paradoxical”. XXII NACFLA Conference. Covenant College, Lookout
  • Mountain, GA. 2013 
  • “Enhancing the Study
  • Abroad Experience” (with Prof. Kris McDonald). XXII NACFLA Conference. Covenant
  • College, Lookout Mountain, GA 2013 
  • “When Spanish Looks
  • Different.” IITA Conference. Northwestern College, IA. 2012
  • “Every Name Tells A
  • Story.” XXI NACFLA Conference. Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX. 2011
  • “Biocultural Diversity, Linguistic Diversity and Hospitality.” XX NACFLA
  • Conference. Anderson University, Anderson, IN. 2010 
  • “Language’s Affects on
  • Bio-cultural Diversity”, (with NWC student Ellen Schuch). Creation Care: Day of
  • Learning in Community. Northwestern College. Orange City, IA. 2009
  • "Metaphor--So Far ... So Close," XIX NACFLA Conference, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California 2009
  • "Is Metaphor Biblingual?" XVIII NACFLA Conference, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008
  • "All Languages Are Created Equal," XVII NACFLA Conference, Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, 2007
  • Sociolinguistics Component for Mother-Tongue Translators Training Program, Peruvian Bible Society, Lima, Perú, 2006
  • "Developing Authors in Minority Languages," XVII Congress of Social Communication Students, Hermilio Valdizán University, Huánuco, Perú, 2005
  • "Language Attitudes Towards Three Quechua Varieties in Eastern Apurimac," Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Perú, 2005

Professional experience

  • Professor at CILTA, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru
  • Assistant Profesor of Spanish, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Professor of Linguistics, University of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico
  • Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Instructor in Spanish, University of Göttingen, Germany

Memberships

  • International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • North American Christian Foreign Language
    Association Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina
    Foundation for Endangered Languages
    Terralingua

Honors

  • Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), Mexico, 1993-1996