Message from Director
Welcome to Marist College and our Summer Program for Spanish in the 21st Century! If you want to improve your Spanish and gain valuable skills for the increasingly global and wired workplace, this is the program for you. Participants can look forward to using the latest online tools to communicate in Spanish, field trips to Hispanic points of interest in New York City and the New York Metro area and the opportunity to practice and improve one's written and spoken Spanish. More than simply a classroom experience, the Summer Spanish for the 21st Century Program will introduce you to the Spanish speaking world around you both online and next door. Please join us this summer for the first chapter of what will prove to be a lifelong learning adventure.
Kevin Gaugler, Ph.D, Director
Marist Summer Spanish Institute
Dr. Kevin Gaugler is an Associate Professor of Spanish and teaches a variety of courses on Spanish language, literature, culture and film. During his tenure at Marist College, Dr. Gaugler participated in a grant to develop simultaneously students' media literacy and Spanish language skills and created a new course for the college entitled Spanish and Technology, which he has been teaching since 2001. Since 2006 Dr. Gaugler has been involved with an initiative at the college called Identity Quest, which provides students abroad with digital recording devices and iPods in order to gather, share and synthesize global perspectives on a variety of topics. Campus Technology Magazine awarded the IdentityQuest project its Innovators Award in 2006 and it has been featured frequently in the press, including National Public Radio's The Best of Our Knowledge. Often Dr. Gaugler presents his unique pedagogical approaches of integrating technology into language learning at conferences and invited speaking engagements throughout the United States and he continues to leverage emerging technologies in order to build unique learning opportunities that prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century.