Professor Margarita Andrade-Robledo
Professor Margarita Andrade-Robledo holds a B.A. in Spanish and a M.A in Spanish with an emphasis in Applied Linguistics from San Diego State University. A teacher at Southwestern College in the Department of Language & Literature for more than 23 years, Andrade-Robledo’s expertise is in the field of language acquisition and Iberian/Latin American literature.
Andrade-Robledo spent her junior year abroad in Madrid, Spain, where she experienced firsthand what she had read in books: Golden Age Literature, Cervantes's life and the Moorish invasion at the Universidad Complutense.
In addition, she has also taught in Guadalajara, Mexico and has lived and traveled extensively throughout Mexico. She considers culture a very important component to language learning. She is very grateful for all the wonderful experiences she has had, and looks forward to sharing that experience with college students and mentoring them in the forthcoming summer Spanish immersion program.
Professor Esther Alonso
Professor Esther Alonso has taught Spanish, and more recently Portuguese, for more than 17 years, and has served as an Oral Proficiency Assessor for CSUSM since 1997.
She was born and raised in Mexico City where she also completed her first two years of college. She earned a degree in Linguistics and a Masters Degree in Bilingual Sociolinguistics from SDSU. She is a frequent presenter in local, state and national conferences, authored a first-year college Spanish textbook and been published in Hispania, a peer-reviewed journal of linguistics and literature.
Alonso has been a world traveler since the age of seven, and has never stopped exploring the world. She has spent substantial time in different countries, such as, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, and Mexico; and has travel extensively in both Europe, Northern Africa, the US, Canada, and Latin America.
Alonso spent last summer as a volunteer (teaching Spanish to children from poor neighborhoods) in Rio de Janeiro, and believes it was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.