Foreign languages faculty

Kristin K. McDonald, M.S.

Instructor in Spanish

M.S., Southwest Minnesota State University
B.A., Central College

712-707-7050
kmcdonal@nwciowa.edu
NTBM 4

Profile

Prior to joining Northwestern's faculty, Professor McDonald taught Spanish at both the high school and college levels. She has studied in both Mexico and Spain, participated in short-term mission trips to Latin America, and taught English as a second language and Bible to Chinese students in Taiwan. She serves as the faculty adviser for the student-led Spanish chapels that are held twice a month.


Courses

  • Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

    Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

    (3 credits) Combined study of language and culture. Study of major social systems and themes of Hispanic culture. Elementary study of the language in a communicative context. Emphasis upon integration of developing language skills with cultural understanding and sensitivity in oral communication settings. Prerequisite: No previous study of Spanish, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
  • Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

    Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

    (3 credits) Combined study of language and culture. Study of major social systems and themes of Hispanic culture. Building on previously acquired ability in Spanish, elementary study of the language in a communicative context. Emphasis upon integration of developing language skills with cultural understanding and sensitivity in oral communication settings. Prerequisite: SPA101, or placement by the foreign language placement exam.
  • 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.
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation

    Advanced Spanish Conversation

    (1 credit) The main goal of this course is to improve oral communication, which includes speaking as well as listening, comprehension. Since successful communication also involves cultural awareness of the Spanish speaker's feelings, thoughts and attitudes, part of this course involves studying sources of these important underlying constructs. Prerequisite: SPA202 or equivalent proficiency.
  • Special Topics in Language

    Special Topics in Language

    (2-4 credits) See course description for LAN365.
  • Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation

    Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation


Professional experience

  • Spanish teacher, Unity Christian High School, Orange City
  • Spanish Instructor, Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa
  • Spanish teacher, Ontario Christian High School, Ontario, California
  • English teacher, Reformed Church in America, Chiayi, Taiwan, Republic of China

Memberships

  • North American Christian Foreign Language Association