Julia Venegas

Lecturer in Spanish

Teaching this semester

HISP 1103. Accelerated Elementary Spanish

Three class hours per week, plus one hour of weekly drill and conversation sessions with a teaching fellow. Covers in one semester what is covered in two semesters in the Spanish 1101-1102 sequence. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis on listening comprehension and spoken Spanish. By placement or permission of instructor, for students with an advanced knowledge of a Romance language or who would benefit from a review in the beginner’s stages. Not open to students who have credit in Hispanic Studies 1101 or 1102 (formerly Spanish 1101 or 1102).

HISP 2203. Intermediate Spanish I, A

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.

Julia Venegas works with students of Spanish to support them on their path toward proficiency and intercultural awareness, guided by her longstanding belief in the power of language learning to encourage intellectual exploration and strengthen achievement in all fields of inquiry.

Julia brings to Bowdoin over 15 years of experience teaching language and literature in Maine, Georgia, NYC, Germany and Chile. Her primary teaching and research interests include proficiency, second language writing, Latin American literature in translation, and second language acquisition for diverse learners. She holds a PhD in contemporary Latin American literature, a Maine K-12 certification for Spanish education, and has been trained in Oral Proficiency Interview testing through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 


  • Ph.D., Emory University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Latin American Studies

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Teaching & Research Interests

  • Proficiency and second language acquisition

  • Teaching of writing

  • Chilean; Latin American literatures and cultures

  • Latin American literature in translation

  • International education (Chile)

Select Publications

“The Marginal on the Inside: Nannies and Maids in Chilean Cultural Production.” Democracy in Chile: The Legacy of September 11, 1973. Eds. Sylvia Nagy-Zekmi and Fernando Leiva. Sussex,U.K: Sussex Academic Press, 2005.

“Spanish Affect and its Effects: Bilingual Process in Giannina Brashi’s Yo-yo boing!” Leading Ladies: Women in Hispanic Literature and Art. Eds. Margaret Parker and Yvonne Fuentes. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2006.

“Inarticulate Witness: Post-dictatorial (Re) readings of Testimonio in Diamela Eltit’s El padre mío and El infarto del alma.” La Torre. Vol. 10, 38 (2005)

Book Review. Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Working Gender: Cultural Representations of Women and Labor.” Brújula. (Fall, 2005)