For information about a minor in this or another foreign language, see the academic catalog.
Diana graduated from Black Hills State University and her first Spanish teaching position was in a remote part of South Dakota. After her first year of teaching, Diana married and moved back to the family farm with her new husband.
The demographic change the rest of the country had been experiencing for decades arrived in rural South Dakota in the early 1990s when a Spanish-speaking family moved to Plankinton. Diana, as the only Spanish-speaking person in town, was asked to teach English. She became an English as a Second Language teacher and developed an ESL instructional program that would be used for the K-12 students at Plankinton.
After five years of teaching ESL, she pursued her master’s degree from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn. Her thesis related to the affects of second language acquisition at the elementary school level.
Diana started teaching Spanish at Dakota Wesleyan in 1996 and for the past three years she has taught 1012-week Spanish courses at the elementary level for neighboring schools. She has also served as translator and interpreter for schools, the police, the courts, medical clinics, the hospital and private businesses.
When not reading, she enjoys watching her son play basketball, encouraging her daughter’s obsession with cats and chasing her younger son around the farm.
Why study Spanish?
Requirements for a Spanish Minor
An individualized major in Spanish is also available.
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