Prof. Alejandra Escudero has been teaching Spanish and Spanish Linguistics courses at SUNY Oneonta since 2011. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she teaches courses at all levels of language proficiency, Spanish for the Professions, Business Spanish, Advanced Conversation, Linguistics and Translation courses. She believes in teaching her students through real-life context and applications, and is a strong advocate of experiential learning. She believes in equitable access to education and educational resources, and is not only a co-author of this companion site, but also a co-author of the Spanish I and Spanish II textbook ¡Chévere! used by several language departments across the SUNY system and other colleges and universities in the United States. The creation of this companion site to the Spanish Phonetics and Phonology course is an example of Open Pedagogy, where the content and exercises included in the site are the creation of students under faculty supervision. Prof. Escudero would love to continue this line of work with future students, as it represents the wonderful things students can do through supported independent research and creative work. Prof. Escudero would like to extend her genuine gratitude to the SUNY Oneonta College Foundation for funding and supporting this project.
Nicole Barreca is a student studying Spanish who will become an Adolescence Education teacher in Spanish. She became involved in the companion site for Spanish Phonetics & Phonology through Professor Escudero, one of her best Spanish professors and through her love for the class of Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. She hoped to create a long lasting resource for other SUNY students that will greatly assist them while taking this difficult course, as well as creating a tool for professors to use as they teach the course. Her passion for the Spanish language is strong and she is a dedicated, honest, and hardworking student. She knows that there is never enough one can learn about the Spanish language and culture, and she hopes to spread her passion for the language to her students in the future.
Alyssa Carbone is an undergraduate student studying Spanish and Education, looking to work with the Spanish-speaking population in her future. She also became involved with the Companion Site for Spanish Phonetics & Phonology through Professor Escudero and has been interested in the linguistic study and analysis of the Spanish language ever since. Alyssa is passionate about making education more accessible to students and views the Companion Site as a fundamental step in revolutionizing Open Educational Resources and Open Pedagogy Projects across the state, and hopefully, the rest of the country. In her future, Alyssa hopes to go into work fighting for immigrant and student rights. The development of this Companion Site has been crucial in her development in many ways, including advancing her professional Spanish writing skills as well as bringing awareness of the barriers students may face when it comes to obtaining an education.
Erika Rama is an undergraduate student studying Spanish and Education at SUNY Oneonta. Her passion and interest in Spanish linguistics began to develop while taking the meticulous Spanish Phonetics and Phonology course, where she quickly realized her desire to go more in-depth with the content and further her research. She also became involved with the Companion Site for Spanish Phonetics & Phonology through Professor Escudero and has been excited to create her own pronunciation module ever since. Erika is excited to take part in an Open Educational Resource that will be available to guide both students and professors in the learning and/ or teaching of Spanish linguistics, which is a very difficult course with little to no resources or those that are overly complex. In the future, Erika hopes to become a middle/ high school Spanish teacher and is excited to implement the information that she has learned in aiding her students into becoming fluent-like speakers. She is diligent, observant, determined to meet her aspirations, and very excited for her future.