Mercyhurst University

Karen Williams, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

Preston 203

(814) 824-2120

Education:
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Georgia (1999)
M.A., Spanish Linguistics, University of Georgia (1995)
B.M., Music Performance, Iowa State University (1992)

 

Teaching and research interests:
Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
Spanish Language
Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy

 

Courses taught:
Introduction to Spanish I and II
Intermediate Spanish I and II
Spanish Conversation/Composition I
Spanish Conversation/Composition II
Spanish Phonetics
Second Language Acquisition/Methods of Teaching a World Language
Seminar in Sociolinguistics: Languages in Contact
Seminar in Hispanic Culture: Hispanics in the U.S.

 

Presentations:
“Distance Education Opportunities for Fulfilling General Education Courses.” Presentation to the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for General and Liberal Studies in Austin, TX. October 7-9, 2010.
 
“Distance Education Opportunities for Fulfilling General Education Courses”Presentation to the Consortium for Computing in Undergraduate Education (C-CUE). St. Francis University, Loretto, PA. October 2010.

"Advocating Introductory Sociolinguistics Courses as a Response to Declining Interest in Traditional Foreign Language Studies". Presentation at the 2009 conference of the International Society for Language Studies in Orlando, FL. June 2009.

“Making it Matter: Using the Connections Standard to Reach Non-Majors in the College Language Classroom.” Presentation to the International Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), San Diego, CA. August 2007.

 

Publications:
Human Communication Across Cultures: A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics, (2016) Equinox Publishing.