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Jane Berne

College / University Representative Candidate

Jane Berne

University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, ND

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With regard to my education, I earned a BA in Spanish from Carleton College in 1983 and later earned both a MA (1989) and a PhD (1992) in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In addition to studying Spanish, I have been teaching Spanish for almost 30 years.  From 1983 to 1986, I taught first- and second-year Spanish at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX.  I then made the decision to pursue graduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I was a graduate teaching assistant from 1986-1992.  While at the University of Illinois, I taught first-year Spanish, Advanced Grammar, and Conversation.  In 1992, after receiving my PhD, I joined the Spanish faculty of the University of North Dakota where I am currently employed as an Associate Professor of Spanish. The courses I typically teach are first- and second-year Spanish, Phonetics, Conversation, Composition and Advanced Grammar. Along with my teaching responsibilities, I have conducted research related to the development and assessment of listening comprehension skills, the teaching of pronunciation, the teaching of grammar to advanced students and the incorporation of culture into first-year textbooks.  I also had the great honor of co-authoring Vívelo, a first-year Spanish textbook published by John Wiley and Sons.  Finally, during my time at the University of North Dakota, I have had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of service and outreach activities at the department, college, and university levels.

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Statement of Candidacy

Greetings! My name is Jane Berne and I am currently an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Dakota. It is a great honor to have been nominated as a candidate for a position on the Executive Council of AATSP.  In terms of my qualifications, I have a PhD in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In addition, I have been teaching Spanish for nearly 30 years and my teaching experience includes both secondary and post-secondary institutions.   Though I have presented and published research in second language acquisition and pedagogy, I consider myself to be a classroom teacher first and foremost.  I am in the trenches nearly every day and I have taught a variety of courses from introductory to advanced levels.  This commitment to teaching makes me well qualified to assume a leadership role in an organization that promotes the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese.  If elected, there are two main things that I would like to accomplish. First, I would like to increase interest in AATSP among university and college level colleagues in order to encourage more interaction and dialogue among instructors at all levels.  Second, I would like to explore additional ways of encouraging and rewarding innovative and creative instructors. I have been a member of AATSP for approximately 25 years and should I be elected to the Executive Council, I look forward to working with the membership and to serving the organization in a more official capacity.  Thank you.

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