Alejandra Elliot , Ph.D.

  • Lecturer , World Languages Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Alejandra is a returning Spanish Adjunct Lecturer at Queens where she taught for almost eight years. She has a BA in Spanish and English from Queens University of Charlotte.  She taught Spanish and English as a Foreign Language at the middle and high school level in Argentina, her native country, and in Venezuela. Alejandra has also taught both languages to lawyers, medical doctors, and engineers. She holds an M. Ed. in English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a M.A.  in Spanish from Winthrop University.  Alejandra’s dissertation for her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was on “Writing in Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Beginning College Level”.  Some of Alejandra’s research interests are the acquisition of a foreign or second language, and strategies to help students speak and write in the target language, the latter which she applies fervently in her classes.  Her research interests extend to Spanish Peninsular and Latin American literature. She has been an active member of the Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA) since 1994 and is presently a Board Member. Having experienced learning English as a Second Language, Alejandra believes that acquiring a second or third language empowers members of society to understand other cultures and equips them with better tools to function in the 21st century. She is currently co-writing a book on the Jesuit Missions in North and South America.

Degrees

  • B.A.  - Spanish and English; Queens University of Charlotte
  • M.Ed.  - English as a Second Language; University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.A.  - Spanish; Winthrop University
  • Ph.D.  - Curriculum and Instruction; University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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