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Bethzaida Fernandez

Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies
Romance Studies
Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708-0257
2122 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Office Hours change every semester  


I teach all levels of Spanish with an emphasis on intermediate and advance level courses with core content on health and Latinx immigration issues. My interests include second-language teaching and learning methodologies, technology in the second language classroom, community-based and service-learning pedagogies, intercultural competence development, Latinx immigrant experiences, Global/Public Heatlh issues related to immigrant populations. I direct the Duke in Costa Rica summer abroad program, which includes the teaching of the 1 credit course Language, Culture and Health in Costa Rica, and coordinate the Intermediate Spanish Language Program (SPAN 203).

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies · 2017 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Coordinator of Spanish 203 · 2023 - Present Romance Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2016 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Northern Iowa · 1992 M.A.
University of Northern Iowa · 1989 B.A.
Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica) · 1987 B.A.