Opportunities abound for Spanish speaking students

Spanish translation
En la clase de espa ol, Steve Nelson no s lo ense a; l hace que aprender sea divertido. l se asegura de que cada estudiante participe con diferentes actividades.
Estudiantes trabajan y aprenden r pido porque ellos est n practicando el idioma. Estudiantes se entrevistan en espa ol, usando preguntas del libro. A veces, ellos tienen la oportunidad de hacer preguntas y crear una conversaci n de un tema decidido por Nelson

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This archived article was written by: Kelli Burke-Gabossi

Spanish translation
En la clase de espa ol, Steve Nelson no s lo ense a; l hace que aprender sea divertido. l se asegura de que cada estudiante participe con diferentes actividades.
Estudiantes trabajan y aprenden r pido porque ellos est n practicando el idioma. Estudiantes se entrevistan en espa ol, usando preguntas del libro. A veces, ellos tienen la oportunidad de hacer preguntas y crear una conversaci n de un tema decidido por Nelson
Hace tres a os que Nelson empez a ense ar en CEU. l fue a una misi n para la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los ltimos D as en Argentina entre 1989 y 1991. Cuando volvi de Argentina, empez a estudiar espa ol al nivel universitario. Antes de que Nelson vino a CEU, ense aba espa ol de tiempo parcial en la Universidad Estatal de Oregon y Universidad de Utah, pero su trabajo en CEU es su primer puesto de tiempo completo.
Cuando l era estudiante, quer a ser cient fico. Tom clases de biolog a, f sica, qu mica. Pero las clases que m s le gustaban eran las clases de literatura en espa ol. “Para los estudiantes que todav a no hayan elegido una carrera, recomiendo que se hagan una pregunta similar: Cu l es la clase o el tema que m s me interesa? Despu s de contestar esa pregunta, es m s f cil seleccionar una carrera que corresponda con sus intereses. Es menos eficaz empezar con la pregunta: Qu quiero ser – doctor, abogado, polic a, etc.? Cuando me di cuenta de que me gustaba el idioma espa ol y la literatura en espa ol, decid ser maestro para seguir mis intereses,” l dijo.
Cada a o ense a dos clases de espa ol, una para principiantes y otra para los estudiantes que est n al nivel intermedio. Ense a clases de ingl s para los estudiantes extranjeros tambi n. Tomar como m nimo una de las clases de Nelson es recomendado por muchos de sus estudiantes. Nelson no s lo ense a bien, pero le gusta ense ar tambi n. Le gusta el desaf o de animar a los estudiantes a que se dediquen a aprender otro idioma. “Es mucho trabajo llegar a ser fluyente en otro idioma, pero ser biling e abre otro mundo de posibilidades.”
Este semestre, Nelson ense a treinta y cinco estudiantes en la clase para principio, y diez en la clase avanzados. Hay aproximadamente quince estudiantes en cada una de sus dos clases de ingl s.
Seg n Nelson, hay muchas oportunidades para estudiantes que tienen la capacidad de hablar espa ol. Ellos pueden usar el espa ol en enfermer a, negocios, polic a y m s. Y no es necesario hablar al nivel nativo. A n hablar espa ol a un nivel b sico es una ventaja, especialmente en el oeste de los Estados Unidos.
Nelson no sabe qu har a si no fuera un profesor. No sabe d nde estar a. Lo menos que pod a decir, sin embargo, fue, “A lo mejor ser a camionero porque es una de las pocas otras destrezas que tengo … ”
Si est ayudando a estudiantes a aprender r pido o haciendo la clase de espa ol un buen tiempo, Nelson lo tiene todo. Toma su clase y estar s caminando y hablando como un profesional de habla espa ola. Incluso podr as escribir historias en espa ol para el peri dico escolar!
Se puede e-mail Nelson a [email protected] encontrarle en su oficina Lunes a Jueves, de la una a las dos en la tarde en la Computer Business Building Room #237. Su n mero de oficina es 613-5474.
English translation
In the Spanish class, Steve Nelson not only teaches, he makes learning fun. He ensures that each student participates in different activities.
Students work and learn quickly because they are practicing the language. Students are interviewed in Spanish, using questions from the book. Sometimes, they have the opportunity to ask questions and create a conversation from a topic chosen by Nelson.
Three years ago, Nelson began teaching at CEU. He went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Argentina between 1989 and 1991. When he returned from Argentina, he began studying Spanish at a university level. Before Nelson came to CEU, he taught Spanish part time at Portland State University and the University of Utah, but his work at CEU is his first full-time Spanish teaching position.
When he was a student, he wanted to be a scientist. He took classes in biology, physics, and chemistry. But he liked school literature classes that were in Spanish. “For students who have not yet chosen a career, I recommend that you ask yourself a similar question: What is the class or subject that interests me? After answering that question, it is easier to choose a career that matches your interests. It is less effective to start with the question: What do I want to be – doctor, lawyer, police, etc..? When I realized that I liked the Spanish language and Spanish literature, I decided to be a teacher to pursue my interests,” he said.
Each year he teaches two Spanish classes, one for beginners and one for students who are at intermediate level. He teaches English classes for foreign students also. To take at least one of Nelson’s classes is recommended by many of his students.
Nelson not only teaches well, but also enjoys teaching. He likes the challenge of encouraging students to engage in learning another language. “It’s hard work to become fluent in another language, but being bilingual opens another world of possibilities.”
This semester, Nelson teaches 35 students in the beginning class, and 10 in the advanced class. There are approximately 15 students in each of his two English classes.
According to Nelson, there are many opportunities for students who have the ability to speak Spanish. They can use the Spanish language in nursing, business, police and more. It is not necessary to speak at the native level. Even speaking Spanish at a basic level is an advantage, especially in the Western United States.
Nelson doesn’t know what he would do if he were not a teacher. He does not know where he would be. The least he could say, however, was, “A truck driver would be best because it is one of the few other skills I have … ”
Whether he’s helping students learn faster or making the Spanish class a good time, Nelson has it all. Take his class and you’ll be walking and talking like a Spanish-speaking professional. You could even write stories in Spanish for the college newspaper.
You can e-mail Nelson at [email protected] or find him in his office Monday through Thursday, from 1 – 2 p.m. in the afternoon. His office number is 613-5474.

Translation
Kelli Burke-Gabossi
staff writer
[email protected]

In the Spanish class, Steve Nelson not only teaches, he makes learning fun. He ensures that each student participates in different activities.
Students work and learn quickly because they are practicing the language. Students are interviewed in Spanish, using questions from the book. Sometimes, they have the opportunity to ask questions and create a conversation from a topic chosen by Nelson.
Three years ago, Nelson began teaching at CEU. He went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Argentina between 1989 and 1991. When he returned from Argentina, he began studying Spanish at a university level. Before Nelson came to CEU, he taught Spanish part time at Portland State University and the University of Utah, but his work at CEU is his first full-time Spanish teaching position.
When he was a student, he wanted to be a scientist. He took classes in biology, physics, and chemistry. But he liked school literature classes that were in Spanish. “For students who have not yet chosen a career, I recommend that you ask yourself a similar question: What is the class or subject that interests me? After answering that question, it is easier to choose a career that matches your interests. It is less effective to start with the question: What do I want to be – doctor, lawyer, police, etc..? When I realized that I liked the Spanish language and Spanish literature, I decided to be a teacher to pursue my interests,” he said.
Each year he teaches two Spanish classes, one for beginners and one for students who are at intermediate level. He teaches English classes for foreign students also. To take at least one of Nelson’s classes is recommended by many of his students.
Nelson not only teaches well, but also enjoys teaching. He likes the challenge of encouraging students to engage in learning another language. “It’s hard work to become fluent in another language, but being bilingual opens another world of possibilities.”
This semester, Nelson teaches 35 students in the beginning class, and 10 in the advanced class. There are approximately 15 students in each of his two English classes.
According to Nelson, there are many opportunities for students who have the ability to speak Spanish. They can use the Spanish language in nursing, business, police and more. It is not necessary to speak at the native level. Even speaking Spanish at a basic level is an advantage, especially in the Western United States.
Nelson doesn’t know what he would do if he were not a teacher. He does not know where he would be. The least he could say, however, was, “A truck driver would be best because it is one of the few other skills I have … ”
Whether he’s helping students learn faster or making the Spanish class a good time, Nelson has it all. Take his class and you’ll be walking and talking like a Spanish-speaking professional. You could even write stories in Spanish for the college newspaper.
You can e-mail Nelson at [email protected] or find him in his office Monday through Thursday, from 1 – 2 p.m. in the afternoon. His office number is 613-5474.