Ester Suarez-Felipe

Ester Suárez-Felipe

Senior Lecturer

Office: Curtin Hall, Room 704
Phone: (414) 229-2828
e-mail: ester@uwm.edu

Biographical Information:
I was born and raised in Spain and I am the oldest child of three. I moved to the United States with my husband and my two boys when I was 27 years old. Once I learned English, I worked for many years as a Social Worker, before I completed my higher education and started teaching. In addition to teaching, I like to go for walks and to the movies with my husband and adult children, spend time with family and friends, read--especially novels--in English or Spanish, cook and work in my garden.

Education:
M.A., Foreign Language and Literature, 1999, UW-Milwaukee
Master in Library and Information Sciences, 1999, UW-Milwaukee
B.A., Spanish Major, 1996, UW-Milwaukee

Research Interests:
Teaching and Learning
Second Language Acquisition
Latin American Literature and Culture

Courses:
I teach a variety of levels of Spanish, from beginner’s level to advanced conversation and composition courses. I have also taught a Freshman Seminar and some culture courses, including Study Abroad in Madrid. I regularly teach a Spanish Immersion Course and the Practicum for Teaching Assistants in Spanish. Recently I have also been engaged in designing and teaching hybrid/blended sections of the first four semesters of Spanish at UWM.

Other Responsibilities:
Since the summer of 2005, 50% of my appointment at UWM has been dedicated to perform the duties of Spanish Language Coordination. As such, I am directly involved in mentoring and closely monitoring instructors in the first four semesters of Spanish, especially Teaching Assistants. I am the first person to whom instructors and students in these courses come for advice on issues related to teaching, as well as to general UWM policies. I mediate and resolve student problems and complaints involving language courses, instructors and/or classrooms.

Publications:
How Students Learn Object Pronouns in Spanish. A Lesson Study Project. http://www.cfkeep.org/html/snapshot.php?id=74634926463137.
Content and links Companion Website to the fourth and fifth editions of the Spanish textbook ¡ARRIBA! Comunicación y cultura. Zayas-Bazán, Eduardo, and Susan M. Bacon. ¡ARRIBA!. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2004.

Book Reviews:
Conexiones, Zayas-Bazán, Eduardo, Susan Bacon and Dulce M. Garcia. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.