Rosaria Meek, who teaches elementary Spanish, travels a lot to develop her language skills.
I earned the Ph.D degree in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. My master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature is from the University of Palermo in Italy. I am also a certified teacher in a variety of fields in Italy but I left my life long teaching job to pursue graduate studies in the United States.
I currently teach four sections of Elementary Spanish but I’m looking forward to teaching upper level classes as well as designing new Spanish courses for professionals.
So many things interest me about my field. This includes making the Spanish language more meaningful to all students by using different methodologies in the classroom. I want learning a new language to be dynamic and engaging so I incorporate communicative and exciting activities in every class. These include singing, playing games, skits, and student-generated poster presentations. My students need to know that learning another language is more than an asset for future jobs – it is learning about other cultures. Travel abroad experiences also interest me because these opportunities incorporate classroom learning with real world immersion. When I lived in Michigan, I worked at the Consulate as an administrator in the School Department to facilitate the Italian experience for American students.
I attend and participate in numerous national and international conferences as much as possible. By going to conferences, my research is expanded which widens my horizons as a scholar. I bring these experiences back to my students so that they, too, can learn from primary sources in an effort to eradicate stereotypical beliefs. My service activities also include my students. I dream about creating a one-credit course for our students to serve as mentors in middle and secondary schools by modeling other languages. I am also excited about the prospects of interdisciplinary studies with my UNG colleagues
So far, my students’ daily feedback highlights my career at UNG. I am so excited to see them learn and succeed and be enthusiastic about coming to class. I really love to teach! I already started a collaboration with my colleagues from the Art and History Departments to better develop a Study Abroad in Italy.
I hope to challenge all my students by experiencing another language in a comfortable environment. It means the world to me when they tell me that they can’t wait to come to class. I try to listen to each student because I care about them as individuals and I recognize that they all have unique approaches to learning. I think my attitude rubs off on them as they regard learning as fun.
I have traveled extensively including Spain, Argentina, and the United States. As an undergraduate student in Italy, I received a cultural scholarship to study in Russia, too. I hope that my students have similar experiences so that they can live in a variety of cultures.