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Spanish

Victor Zambrano, PhD

Supervisor, Spanish 201
Adj. Assistant Professor

Víctor Zambrano joined the faculty in 1988. He has taught the core curriculum courses, upper-division classes in conversation, and Spanish for business. He coordinated the Spanish Intensive Language Model (ILM) program and continues to coordinate Spanish 201 coursework.

He has a solid theoretical and practical background in curriculum design and evaluation. His research interests include studying how information and communication technologies are incorporated into the teaching/learning processes.

Professor Zambrano also has an appointment in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego to teach Spanish for Professional Proficiency.

Education

Ed.D., Universidad Iberoamericana, México, Educational Sciences
M.PH., San Diego State University, Environmental Health
M.A., Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa (México,) Communications and Educational Technology
M.A., Escuela Normal Superior (México,) Secondary Education
B.S., Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México,) Biology
B.A., Elementary Education, Secretaría de Educación Pública, México 

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Zambrano’s research explores how newly emerging information and communication technologies improve student learning, with an emphasis in the field of second language acquistion. His doctoral dissertation, “Tecnologías de información y comunicación en la formación docente: El caso de la Escuela Normal Fronteriza Tijuana,” is a case study examining how information and communications technologies are addressed at an institution preparing future teachers in Tijuana. He co-directed an intensive institute for Spanish teachers, Grades 7-16, titled: “América Latina: Temas trascendentes para el Siglo XXI,” at San Diego State University.

Before re-locating to San Diego, Prof. Zambrano coordinated basic education programs for marginalized indigenous and non-indigenous communities in his position as the head of the Departamento de Diseño y Evaluación de Alternativas Educativas of the federal ministry of Public Education in Mexico. Locally he taught curriculum design and educational research methods, and coordinated the Master of Education program at the Tijuana campus of the Universidad Iberoamericana.

Teaching Interests

Professor Zambrano’s goal as an instructor is to help students develop, in alignment with the overarching communication and cultural proficiency goals of the language program, the Spanish skills necessary to be successful, not only academically, but professionally.

In 1997, he created a community service component for his third semester classes to supplement classroom work with authentic, extra-curricular, cross-cultural experiences. This design has since been adopted for use in all third semester classes.

A practitioner of communication-based activities, Professor Zambrano integrates web technologies into instruction to improve reading, listening, writing and speaking skills.