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PCAL Modern Languages Directory - Michelangelo Zapata

Michelangelo Zapata, M.A.

Michelangelo Zapata, M.A.

Instructor of Spanish

Office:  270 FAC
Phone:  745-5102
Email:  michelangelo.zapata@wku.edu

Courses

Spanish 101 - Elementary Spanish I

Spanish 102 – Elementary Spanish II

Education

M.A. in Spanish, Indiana University in Bloomington

Bio

Mr. Zapata joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2010. He is currently a full time Instructor of Spanish and an Academic Advisor for students majoring or minoring in one of the five programs offered in the department. During his time at WKU, he has offered a specialized Spanish class for Music majors and traveled to Costa Rica with bands from the Music Department. Michelangelo Zapata also has experience in reaching out to the community in Bowling Green and promoting languages through radio spots, attending cultural events and serving as a translator for renters’ rights in the area. He continues to volunteer weekly at St. Joseph Church to provide assistance to Hispanic students during after school homework sessions. In doing so, he has been invited to many social events related to St. Joseph’s community and has also been asked to help interpret during Parent/Teacher conferences.

Teaching Philosophy

Michelangelo Zapata believes in making a relaxed connection with students within the classroom. With this welcoming, friendly, warm and sometimes humorous environment of his classroom, Zapata believes he can reduce the concerns that may come with “having to learn a foreign language for general education purposes.” In captivating the students’ learning styles and attention throughout his novice to intermediate level courses, he incorporates cross-cultural awareness and makes connections between the languages through his travels, stories and by being a “bilingual bridge” across the American and Hispanic communities.

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