Jenny M. Castillo
Associate Professor of Teaching in Languages Other Than English
Dr. Castillo has extensive professional experience as an educator of modern languages, Hispanic literature, foreign language pedagogy and heritage language education at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Castillo has taught courses in foreign language methodology, heritage language education, second language acquisition, twentieth century Spanish literature, contemporary Latin American fiction, and worldwide literature in English translation at the college level. She received her Doctorate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian languages and literatures from The City University of New York. Professor Castillo is the program coordinator of Hunter’s foreign language education program. Dr. Castillo holds a joint faculty position with the Department of Romance Languages.
Professor Castillo teaches foreign language methodology courses in the adolescent graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as specialized courses in Spanish language and literature at the undergraduate level. In addition, she teaches courses in second language acquisition of Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, German, Russian, and Hebrew.
She has been invited to numerous conferences dealing with the teaching and acquisition of languages and their application in the preparation of teachers of languages other than English. She has conducted workshops on the application of technology in the language-learning arena in the United States, as well as in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain. She has presented plenary talks on the acquisition of languages as heritage languages at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, the University of Waikato in New Zealand, the University of New Mexico, and at the National Foreign Language Resource Center and the Center for Second Language Research at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Castillo has served as a consultant in the development, design, and application of foreign language curriculum for secondary schools.
Dr. Castillo’s publications include articles in the Geolinguistics Journal, the Language Association Journal, Anuarios L/L: Estudios Lingüísticos, and Information and Document Design (John Benjamins Publishing Company). She is the author of the book titled: Motivaciones Existenciales en el Segundo Luis Cernuda (1937-1962) published by editorial Pliegos.
Dr. Castillo’s main research interests include the application of pedagogical tools based on theories and principles that address the pressing academic needs of heritage learners in general and Spanish-speakers in particular, and designing practices that will aid in the development of literacy competencies in the maternal language. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that intends to offer Spanish heritage language educators a well-designed heritage language curriculum and model, as well as innovative and practical methods, strategies, and exercises that include the application of technology. The goal of the book is to promote greater availability and dissemination of scholarly research in applied linguistics and pedagogy that addresses the development and maintenance of Spanish as a heritage language and the teaching of Spanish to US Hispanic bilingual students.