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PCAL Modern Languages Directory - Kelly Conroy

Kelly Conroy, Ph.D.

Kelly Conroy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office:  161 FAC
Phone:  745-5296
Email:  kelly.conroy@wku.edu

Courses

Spanish 102—Elementary Spanish II
Spanish 371—Spanish Composition and Grammar
Spanish 381—Spanish Grammar through Cultural Readings
MLNG 410/410G—Second Language Acquisition
MLNG 474/474G—Teaching Foreign Language

Education

M.A. in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities
Ph.D in Foreign Language Education, University of Texas at Austin

Bio

Kelly Conroy is originally from northern Wisconsin where she began studying languages so she could study abroad in college. She pursued a Master’s degree focusing on Peninsular and Latin American literature, with a minor area in Gender and Women’s studies. She then completed her Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Teacher Education. Dr. Conroy’s research interests include language teacher licensure, language teacher target language use, and student teacher use of technology. She enjoys attending and presenting at professional language association conferences such as KWLA and ACTFL.

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Conroy’s teaching is informed not just by pedagogical theory, but also by the feedback and input of her students.  Also shaping her instruction is her own background as a language learner and teacher. Dr. Conroy views her role as that of mediator, working with students to cultivate a supportive climate in the classroom for the challenging experience of learning and using Spanish.  She values the beginning language learner who is fulfilling a requirement just as much as an advanced Spanish major and she feels all types of students have much to offer and gain in the classroom.

Ultimately, Dr. Conroy’s teaching is designed to empower students to become language users, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. These skills reinforce students’ work in other disciplines and help inform their worldview. Language learning offers students the opportunity to grow personally and to make a positive impact on an ever-changing world and she strives to fully support them in these endeavors.

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