Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 2569
Nidia Schuhmacher's teaching and research interests include foreign language education and teacher training, writing in a foreign and second language, translation and the integration of the arts and performance with second language learning.
Before joining the Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown in 2004, Nidia Schuhmacher was involved in foreign language teaching for twenty years. Her teaching experience involved English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language as well as Italian and Spanish in Argentina, Italy, and the United States. She has taught in diverse educational and cultural settings in New York and in the Boston area, where she has conducted courses at Tufts University, at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and in summer language programs at Boston University. In her fifteen years at Brandeis University, she was a Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Romance and Comparative Literature where she coordinated language teaching in the Spanish area.
Her work has involved mentoring and training teachers, designing curricula, and developing course materials, as well as undertaking projects in translation, interpretation, and editorial work. Her areas of interest include language pedagogy, the use of technology in language instruction, second language acquisition, the teaching of writing and culture and translation. In recent years, she has developed a special interest in the intersection of the arts and performance with language learning.
At Brown, Nidia Schuhmacher continues her involvement with the language curriculum by teaching and coordinating beginning and intermediate Spanish courses to undergraduates. She has designed and developed a course in Intensive Basic Spanish, which was offered for the first time in the fall 2010. She has sponsored Group Independent Study Projects in Medical Spanish and is the Faculty Adviser Medical Spanish, an elective course offered by the Brown Alpert Medical School. She has served as director of the Language Program in Hispanic Studies between January 2006 and May 2011 and she is a freshman and sophomore advisor.
B.A. Translation and Interpretation, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (1974); B.A. EFL Teaching, U. Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina (1974); M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Teachers College, Columbia University
Member of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and The Modern Languages Association (MLA).