Marta Gonzalez-Lloret


Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas

“I love teaching!” exclaims Professor Marta González-Lloret and after 20 years of teaching Spanish in the Department of Language and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, she realizes that teaching is the most rewarding aspect of the entire enterprise of education. In her department she is considered one of the college’s most interdisciplinary faculty members having taught at all levels of language, culture, reading, linguistics, technology and teaching pedagogy. She is a principle contributor in developing the parameters and protocol for assessment of undergraduate Spanish programs. A colleague reports that few others have had as much impact on the preparation of current and future language educators and that Dr. González-Lloret is the department’s pioneer and top expert in language teaching and technology. Principles that have guided her teaching are: a student-centered environment with language interaction as the essential component, the role of teacher as facilitator of interaction and cultural exchange, and an enjoyable classroom atmosphere to foster proficiency in the language as well as critical thought. She starts off the semester by conducting a needs analysis in each class so she can tailor the class to the students in attendance. A student who studied with her in four courses reports that each course was developed and implemented differently in new and meaningful ways through consideration of students’ needs and through continual research on the part of Dr. González-Lloret. Her Spanish in Society class follows a project-based curriculum in which concepts are applied, tested and evaluated through group projects, while most of her other courses integrate group projects, such as collaborative writing and developing of digital stories or multi-media video projects. One life-changing opportunity in her courses are tele-collaborative projects with other universities distant from Hawai’i. Colleagues and students alike recognize that she combines the skill of a superb scholar and researcher with the qualities of a creative, engaging and enthusiastic teacher. At the end of their journey, Professor Gonzalez-Lloret enjoys being with her students at commencement ceremonies each semester, to speak with their families, and let them know how proud we are of their student. Many students credit Professor Marta Gonzalez-Lloret with having enlarged and transformed the trajectory of their academic journeys and accomplishments.

Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas