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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 am also interested in the study of happiness and well-being. I direct the Duke in Costa Rica summer abroad program and teach the 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
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.