Proficiency and second language acquisition
Teaching of writing
Chilean; Latin American literatures and cultures
Latin American literature in translation
International education (Chile)
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.
“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)
- PhD, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory University
- BA, Latin American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison