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Bethzaida Fernandez, Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute

Bethzaida Fernandez

I teach all levels of Spanish with an emphasis on intermediate and advance level courses with core content on health and Latinx immigration issues. My interests include second-language teaching and learning methodologies, technology in the second language classroom, community-based and service-learning pedagogies, intercultural competence development, Latinx immigrant experiences, Global/Public Heatlh issues related to immigrant populations. I direct the Duke in Costa Rica summer abroad program, which includes the teaching of the 1 credit course Language, Culture and Health in Costa Rica, and coordinate the Intermediate Spanish Language Program (SPAN 203).

Contact Info:
Office Location:  2122 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-4346
Email Address: send me a message
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Office Hours:

Office Hours change every semester

M.A.University of Northern Iowa1992
B.A.University of Northern Iowa1989
Training Program in Language and ResearchAmerican Language Institute, Georgetown University1987
B.A.Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)1987
Undergraduate Studies in Education, English and FrenchUniversity of Costa Rica1984

Research Interests:

Master Thesis: Role of Attitudes and Motivation in Second Language Acquisition.

Areas of Interest:

Language Learning Methodologies
Developing Teaching Materials
Uses of Technology in the classroom
Service learning and Community Based Learning Pedagogies.
Development of Intercultural Competency in the Language Classrom.
Study Abroad


Cross-cultural studies • English language--Acquisition • Health Education • Hispanic Americans • Intercultural communication • Language acquisition • Service learning • Spanish language • Spanish language materials • Spanish language--Acquisition


Coordinator Intermediate Spanish (SP203). Cultural Advisor, Spanish Language Program. Coordinator, Club Pura Vida, Spanish Conversation club

Recent Publications

  1. contributor,, Gente Intermedio (2011)  [author's comments]
  2. with Vargas, BF; Fernandez, B, in progress (2011)

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