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Bethzaida Fernandez

Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies

(919) 684-4346

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Bethzaida Fernandez


Bethzaida Fernandez teaches all levels of Spanish with an emphasis on intermediate and advance level courses with core content on health and Latino/a immigration issues. Her interests include second-language teaching and learning methodologies, technology in the second language classroom, community-based and service-learning pedagogies, intercultural competence development, Latino/a immigration and global health. She directs the Duke in Costa Rica summer abroad program and coordinates the Intermediate Spanish Language Program.


Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Health, Culture and the Latino Community
Crosslisted as GLHLTH 326

Issues associated with access to the health care industry for growing Latino/a population in the US. Topics: cultural competency issues, medical practices, lexical knowledge related to the field. Develop research proposal informed by required 20 hours of service work with local community partners. Assessment on knowledge of content, oral and written Spanish, and participation in service. Recommended students take 100-level Spanish course prior to enrolling. Pre-requisite: Spanish 76 or equivalent.

Course Notes:
UG Only FALL 2017 MAJOR: Focused Study
MINOR: Elective