Continuing development of intermediate-level communication skills in Spanish for students in large and small animal care fields. Development of specific terminology and linguistic skills necessary to communicate about animal health and care. All targeted linguistic forms, communicative activities and assessments are task-based and practical in nature.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Instructor of both Spanish and English as a Second/Foreign language, Shannon received M.A. degrees in both English and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture from Colorado State University and a B.A. degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of New Mexico. Though born in the United States, Shannon was raised in Colima, Mexico from age 10. Having faced being immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment as a monolingual English speaker, Shannon has an avid passion for teaching language and fostering productive communication across languages and cultures. Shannon’s graduate work focused on teaching languages for specific purposes, specifically Spanish for Animal Health and Care. She is passionate about creating and teaching classes that address language needs that affect the well-being of both animals and stakeholders in the animal care professions in a positive and inclusive manner.
Professor of Spanish linguistics. B.A., Languages and Literatures, Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay; M.A., Linguistics, University of Kansas; Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, San Diego. Taught Spanish language courses at the University of California, San Diego, and Spanish Linguistics at Florida Atlantic University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Colorado State University. She is a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1998; teaches Spanish language and linguistics upper division courses, and graduate courses in Spanish and applied linguistics, including Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Spanish Syntax, Phonology, Vocabulary and Word Formation, Historical Linguistics, Spanish in Contact with Other Languages, and Foreign Language Teaching Methods. Her research interests include functional and cognitive linguistics applied to Spanish and Guarani, the contact and interference between these two languages, and the pedagogy and acquisition of grammar in a second language. She has published several articles in these areas; her book, The Grammar of Possession, was published by John Benjamins in 1996.