Faculty Profile for Luann Elise Williams

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Luann Elise Williams
Lecturer — Dept of World Languages & Literatures
CENT 151
phone: (512) 245-2360

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I am originally from Lubbock, TX and have been in the Austin area since 1989. I received my associate's degree in General Studies from South Plains College. I completed my bachelor's in English and master's degree in Spanish at Texas State University. My first teaching experience was as a volunteer English teacher for a local Methodist church. I taught adults who were immigrants from various Latin American countries. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I went to Chile, South America where I taught English to junior high and high school students in Caldera, a small town in the Atacama desert. After arriving back in the U.S., I continued volunteering as an English teacher at El Buen Samaritano, a non-profit organization in Austin, TX. My years of study and exposure to the Spanish language drove me to complete a master's degree in the language and pursue a career as a Spanish teacher.

Teaching Interests

Spanish language

Research Interests

Foreign language pedagogy

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: English Teaching Assistant (ETA) 2019-2020, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. 2019 - 2020
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Liberal Arts Outstanding MA Student Award, Texas State University. January 2019 - December 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduate College of Liberal Arts Scholarship, Texas State University. August 2018 - December 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean's Honor Roll, South Plains College. August 2006 - December 2006
  • Award / Honor Recipient: President’s Honor Roll, South Plains College. January 2006 - May 2006

Selected Service Activities

Participant
Conversation facilitator at Intercambio: Virtual Spanish-language Mixer
June 19, 2020
Participant
Co-created and presented "Best Practices for Preparing for Spanish Comps Exam" to Spanish MA students
May 8, 2020
Substituted for Dr. Beth Bernstein - SPAN 1410 class
Department of World Languages & Literatures
March 4, 2020
Participant
Conversation facilitator at Intercambio Spanish-language Mixer
February 21, 2020
Substituted for Margaret Dunaway - SPAN 1420
Department of World Languages and Literatures
January 29, 2020