Spanish

Students gather in the Green and Gold Cafeteria

The major in Spanish is offered in the day curriculum only. Students majoring in Spanish will take an exit exam consisting of language, literature of both Spain and Latin America, and culture and civilization of Spain and Latin America in the last semester of their senior year. Date, place and time will be determined by the Department Chair.

For students who have had Spanish prior to enrolling at Methodist University, they may take the Modern Languages and Literature Department placement exam. This will place the student in the appropriate level but will not give credit for prior levels of study unless the student takes the CLEP or Challenge exams. Students who are true native speakers of Spanish cannot enroll in SPA 3010/3050, nor receive credit for it without permission of the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. Please see the Chair for guidelines and for other course offerings to replace these courses.

Goals

  1. Minor in Spanish (3000-4000 levels) – Students will demonstrate ability to comprehend and communicate verbally and in writing in target language at intermediate high-level based on proficiency guidelines of the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages.
  2. Major in Spanish (3000-4000 levels) – Students will demonstrate ability to comprehend oral and written language and communicate (speaking and writing accurately) in the target language at an Intermediate High to Advanced Level based on proficiency guidelines of ACTFL.

Contact the Spanish Program

Dr. Javier Pabon

Javier Pabón, Ph.D.

Chair, Modern Languages & Literature; Associate Professor of Modern Languages
(910) 630-7073
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Dr. Javier Pabon
Javier Pabón, Ph.D.

Chair, Modern Languages & Literature; Associate Professor of Modern Languages

B.A., La Sabana University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Simon Bolivar Andean University

Bio:

Dr. Javier Pabón received a B.A. in Communications from Universidad de La Sabana. Most of his undergraduate work was in audiovisual production and criticism, the relations between the media and the social movements, and the understanding of communicative and cultural practices. He has been part of several audiovisual projects that span from experimental video and documentary to feature-length commercial films.

He holds a Master’s degree with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Duke University. His teaching and research have focused on Latin American Cultural Studies; Diasporic Thought; Oral Tradition; Contemporary narratives and sensibilities; De-colonial theory; De-colonial aesthetics; Latinx, Latin American, and Spanish Film and Literature.

He graduated with distinction with a Ph.D. in Latin American Cultural Studies from the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar. His dissertation “Afro-Andean Literature and Oral Tradition: Ancestral Representations, Symbolism, and Media,” explores different forms of representation of the Afro-descendant communities in the Pacific coast of Ecuador, including poetry, oral tradition, and media presence.

Dr. Pabon is a tennis enthusiast. He grew up playing in the South American clay. He trained and coached at Academia Internacional de Quito, where he was able to hit with several future professional tennis players and attended numerous clinics, including a couple with legendary coach Nick Bollettieri. As a junior, Javier played in the state, national, and regional tournaments in South America. Later he was part of his college men's tennis team. He is a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s tennis team at Methodist University.

Podcast:

You can listen to Dr. Pabón discussing his research in episode 62 of the SECOLAS podcast.

(910) 630-7073
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