Diana Gonzalez Associate Professor of Spanish


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

KEPH 2nd

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.

SPA201 - Intermediate Spanish 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.(3 credits)

SPA314 - Introduction to Reading Hispanic Literature

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.(3 credits)

SPA326 - The Sounds of Spanish

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. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

SPA352 - Survey of Hispanic Literature from the Americas

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. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)

SPA376 - Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation

SPA377 - Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience

TSL222 - Practicum in TESL

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. (2 credits)

TSL224 - Applied Linguistics in Language Education

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. (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

“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 Bilingual?" 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

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

International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education

Linguistic Society of America

Summer Institute of Linguistics

Christian Association of World Languages

Association Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina

Foundation for Endangered Languages


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