Barbara Sawhill

Lecturer in Spanish

Teaching this semester

HISP 1101. Elementary Spanish I

An introduction to the grammar of Spanish, aimed at comprehension, reading, writing, and simple conversation. Emphasis is on grammar structure, with frequent oral drills. Hispanic Studies 1101 is primarily open to first- and second-year students, with a limited number of spaces available for juniors and seniors who have had less than one year of high school Spanish.

HISP 2203. Intermediate Spanish I, B

Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with teaching assistant. Grammar fundamentals are reviewed. Class conversation and written assignments are based on readings in modern literature.

Barbara returns to Bowdoin after having taught at Oberlin College (Oberlin OH) for almost 20 years. While there her research centered on language pedagogy, student-centered learning, language technology and learning, and the importance of teaching listening in the 2nd language classroom.  

In addition to her work in the classroom, Barbara works with the award winning Spanish language podcast Radio Ambulante as their Spanish Language Education Coordinator. Barbara supports language teachers around the globe who use RA in the language classroom to develop language proficiency as well as improved awareness of Latin American history, politics and culture.


  • A.B., Latin American Studies, Bowdoin College
  • M. Ed., International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies and Literature, University of Texas; Austin

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