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Frieda Brinkmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Principle Lecturer and Faculty Director of the Spanish Residential Language Community, Language and Literature

Education

  • Temple University, Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics
  • Villanova University, M.A. in Spanish (Literature)
  • Eastern University, B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded a Degree Completion Grant from Temple University, 1996
  • Selected to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities," 1985
  • Senior Academic Honor Award, 1985
  • Phi Sigma Iota Language Honorary Award, 1985

Classes Taught

  • Elementary Spanish Language
  • Intermediate Spanish Language
  • Advanced Spanish Language
  • Culture through Film

Research Interests

Foreign Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism

Teaching Philosophy

p>As an instructor of the Spanish language my mission is to help students develop their Spanish language and Hispanic cultural proficiencies for the purposes of communication, building relationships, and service. I believe that every language course needs to be as interactive as possible. Students need to take an active role in their learning experience. My role is to guide students through the learning process and provide opportunities to experience and practice the language in meaningful contexts. In all classes I aim for students to participate in activities that meet the standards set forth by ACTFL for foreign language education: communication, culture, comparisons, community, connections.

I encourage students to appreciate language as a gift from God to be used for His purposes. As believers we are commanded to love one another and our neighbors as ourselves. This involves knowing and understanding others' language and culture. Students are encouraged to view studying a foreign language as an act of love and community. Humility is fostered through language study as students face the reality that their own cultural perspectives are not those of other groups of speakers.

Over my years of teaching I have witnessed numerous students' excitement at being able to use language outside the classroom when they report attempts to communicate with Spanish-speakers in their workplace or ministry.

Biography

Dr. Brinkmann's hometown is Salford, Pennsylvania, an hour north-west of Philadelphia. She studied abroad in Valencia, Spain as both an undergraduate and graduate student. She taught Spanish Language courses at Villanova University, Ursinus College, Chestnut Hill College, and West Chester State University in Pennsylvania. She taught ESL at the University of Pennsylvania's English Language School. Prior to joining the faculty at Regent, Dr. Brinkmann taught at Colorado Christian University for nine years. In August of 2010 she relocated from Denver, Colorado to Virginia Beach.

Her personal interests include travel, especially within the Spanish-speaking world. She visited various regions of Spain and Mexico, as well as Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Peru. Her adventures abroad have included walking the Camino de Santiago and hiking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. She enjoys art and film and paints with her favorite medium, oils. Dr. Brinkmann loves the outdoors, especially hiking in the mountains of Colorado when visiting family members. She plays competitive tennis at the 4.5 level. Her preferred area of ministry is assisting non-English speakers with their English learning process.

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