Susana Garcia Prudencio is currently the Director of the Spanish Basic Language Program, a position she has held since fall 2011. She has been teaching Spanish at Penn State for the last ten years. She teaches resident courses in the Spanish Basic Language Program and she designs and teaches World Campus courses, as well. In addition to these courses, she teaches a methodology class (Spanish 502: Theory and Techniques of Teaching Spanish) to new graduate students and instructors. The goal of this course is to familiarize incoming Spanish language instructors with the philosophy and theory consonant with the Spanish Basic Language Program.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Education from the University of Malaga. Then, she continued her studies by completing the Masters of Arts degree in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language at the National University of Distance Education (Madrid, Spain). When she was completing this graduate program, she had the unique opportunity to meet some of the top leading scholars in linguistics and start a second Masters of Arts degree in Spanish at Penn State. This Master of Arts was crucial for her theoretical and applied linguistics background and well-founded coordinating experience.
Susana loves reading, traveling, visiting National Parks, and bird watching.