Sarah Valentín-SánchezInstructor of Spanish
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University Hall 3108

Research and Teaching Interests: Language and Identity Issues, Pragmatics, Language and Culture, Literature and Film, Second Language Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Visual Literacy and Storytelling.

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:
  • BA, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • MA, University CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Spain)
  • Graduate Diploma of Advanced Studies, Instituto Cervantes and University of Valencia Methodology and Didactics of Spanish as a Foreign Language (Valencia, Spain)
    • Sarah Valentín-Sánchez earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Valencia (Spain) in Art History, and an MA in Culture Heritage Management from University Cardenal Herrera - CEU, also in Valencia (Spain). Sarah teaches courses at UAB at the elementary and intermediate levels.

      Sarah Valentín-Sánchez is an Instructor of Spanish at the UAB. She was born in New York and raised in Valencia, Spain from an early age. In Valencia and Paris, France, she obtained her Licenciatura in Art History, with a specialization in Cinema.

      After working for several years in the coordination and translation of cultural magazines and books, she began to work as a volunteer Spanish teacher for a nonprofit organization, where she discovered her passion for teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture. She obtained her Graduate Diploma of Advanced Studies in Methodology and Didactics of Spanish as a Foreign Language, and moved to Chicago to start working as a Spanish Teacher at the Instituto Cervantes.

      Sarah is very passionate about sharing her native language and culture with her students and is fond of art, music, cinema, literature and pop culture. When teaching, she uses a communicative approach that emphasizes the importance of learning Spanish through real-life interactions, authentic materials, and engaging activities such as games, group interaction and role-playing. She gives abundant support and provides many useful tools to her students in order to generate motivation and help give them an enjoyable, inspiring connection to the language. Sarah is also very involved with the Mesa Española and the Spanish Club to further help students in the development of dynamic activities in Spanish.

      She believes the classroom should always be a relaxed environment that stimulates conversation, embraces diversity, and allows each student to succeed to the best of their ability. To achieve this, modern methodologies are used in the classroom, such as the practice of storytelling through comprehensible input and elements of visual literacy. Sarah helps her students become fascinated by the great richness of Hispanic language and culture. Ultimately, generationating a genuine interest in Spanish, both for the personal and the professional growth of the students, is Sarah’s foremost motivation.