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Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz

Supervisor, Spanish 103
Adjunct Instructor, Spanish

Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz has been a Spanish Instructor at USD since fall 1998. She teaches lower division courses introducing new vocabulary and grammar concepts emphasizing oral proficiency using a variety of methods.



M.A., San Diego State University, in Spanish (emphasis on Latin American Literature
     with a minor in Social Work)
B.A., San Diego State University, Spanish

Scholarly and Creative Work

As a folkloric dancer, Yadira includes Latin American culture in her lesson plans for she attends regularly to classes in and out of San Diego with historians, ethno musicians, linguistics and social anthropologists. Yadira is a member of the Ballet Folclórico del Centro since January 2003 and a member of Grupo de Baile Folclórico Yadis since September 2008. She also participated in The Night Sky, A multimedia production. 5 de Mayo Fiesta A reenactment of La Batalla de Puebla.ANGF July 2003 and 2004 National Folklorists from U.S.A and Mexico who meet for a 40hour practice, lecture, and recital. Danzantes Unidos, SDSU. April 11-13, 2004 folkloric dancers meet for a weekend to learn and share dances, techniques, music and wardrobe. The latest workshops for methodology she has attended areSAILN/CFLPTier One Professional Development for World Language Teachers Jan. – May – October 2008 40+ hours of sequential staff development. PTRS:On the Move Towards Language Proficiency Dec. 1 2007. Technology for Languages USD Workshop September 8, 2007. ACTFL SWC May 29- June7, 2007. 16 hours of Harvard-Smithsonian Professional Development Workshop. Teaching Core-Curriculum USD January 27, 2007. ACTFL Workshop USD January 28 2005 Emphasize in reading. ACTFL Workshop USD August 29-31 and September 1st 2004. A one week workshop emphasized in oral production including reading, writing and listening.

Teaching Interests

Yadira Ortega-Ocádiz has taught a variety of Spanish classes for natives and non-natives where she transmits her passion for Latin American cultures providing educational and multicultural experiences for her students participating in community service, visual arts and cultural performances.  She loves to integrate literature selections, history and geography for a better understanding of Latin American traditions.