Kristin McDonald Instructor in Spanish

KristinMcDonald

Education:
M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., Southwest Minnesota State University
B.A., Central College

712-707-7050
kmcdonal@nwciowa.edu
KEPH 2nd

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 four times each semester. Outside of Northwestern she uses her language skills to engage in the local Latino community via activities in her church and in the community.

SPA101 - Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

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.(3 credits)

SPA102 - Beginning Spanish Language and Culture

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.(3 credits)

SPA311 - Advanced Spanish Conversation

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.(1 credit)

SPA365 - Special Topics in Language

See course description for LAN365. (2-4 credits)

SPA376 - Study Abroad Cross-Cultural Preparation

Lack of cross-cultural competence and sensitivity is a prominent cause ofmuch frustration and anger between visitors to a country and the individualsliving in that country. In preparation for their semester study abroad, inthis course students will learn common cross-cultural skills and becomeaware of the joys and challenges they will face in those months. They willalso spend time learning about the country in which they will be studying sothey are well-versed in the basic historical, political, economic, socialand cultural issues that country has dealt with and is dealing with. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a study abroad program approved byNorthwestern College for Spanish majors. (1 credit)

SPA377 - Enhancing the Study Abroad Experience

Semester study abroad trips have two interweaving tracks: the externalexperience, where we encounter the new world in which we are living, and theinternal experience, where we visit new places with ourselves. Writing ajournal affords the student the opportunity to wrap these two journeystogether and end up with a vibrant account of his/her experience - akeepsake that helps him/her remember and learn from the semester studyabroad. Thus, a travel journal is the ultimate souvenir. To complete therequirements for this course, students will write a journal during theirsemester study abroad experience as well as write a final essay reflectingon both the semester abroad and their entire foreign-language collegiateexperience. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a study abroad program approved byNorthwestern College for Spanish majors. (1 credit)

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

Christian Association of World Languages

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