Sara R Finney

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Contact Me

sfinney@umn.edu

Spanish and Portuguese Studies .
214 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St. SE
0133

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Spanish Applied Linguistics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • M.A. : Spanish Applied Linguistics, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • B.S.: Computer Information Systems & International Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Specialties

  • Second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy and applied linguistics, content-based instruction, experiential learning, intercultural empathy, learner agency, and role-immersion pedagogy
Courses Taught
  • SPAN 1003: Intermediate Spanish
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • LatinoamĂ©rica through the lens of social justice: A literacies perspective: Paper accepted for presentation at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2019
  • Creating an Immersive Language Learning Experience through Role-Immersion Pedagogy: Presented at the Center on Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) , 2019
  • Biopiracy in Colombia: Using social justice to foster global responsibility: Paper presented at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2018
  • RTTP in the Language and Culture Curriculum: Paper presented at Eighteenth Annual Faculty Institute at Barnyard College , 2018
  • Cultural immersion in the intermediate classroom: Closing the language-content gap: Paper presented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) National Conference , 2017
  • Embodied global simulations: An instructional model for a post-modern era: Paper presented at the University of Alabama Language (UALC) Conference , 2017
  • Adapting to a globalized landscape: Preparing educators, preparing learners: Paper presented at the Tenth International Conference on Language Teacher Education , 2017
  • Deep learning through role-immersion: A complexity theory perspective: Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) National Conference , 2016
  • Igniting learner imagination with cultural characters: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) Conference , 2016
  • Discovering and uncovering: Using strategic cultural games to promote learner engagement: Paper presented at the Alabama World Languages (AWLA) Conference , 2016
  • Bringing culture to life: Role-immersion games in the Spanish classroom: Paper presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Convention , 2015
  • How do I win?: Creating autonomous learning environments using role-immersion pedagogy: Paper presented at the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) , 2015
  • The effects of globalization on the teaching and learning of English: Paper presented at the Fourth International Congress of English Teachers , 2015
  • Game-based pedagogy: Re-conceptualizing foreign language learning: Paper presented at the University of Alabama Language Conference (UALC) , 2015
  • Teacher factors affecting students’ attitudes toward the Spanish-language classroom: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) , 2014
Publications
  • Developing intercultural empathy through a strategy-based simulation in intermediate Spanish: Finney, Sara, Isabelle Drewelow, The Language Learning Journal, 1-14, 2018. Link
  • Fostering Intellectual Investment and Foreign Language Learning through Role-Immersion Pedagogy: Finney, Sara, L2 Journal, 11 1-17, 2019. Link
Awards
  • PACE Project Grant Recipient, Language Center, University of Minnesota , 2019
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama, 2019
  • Outstanding Teaching by a Ph.D. Student Award, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, University of Alabama , 2016