American Association of Teachers of Spanish and          Portuguese - Southern California Chapter

Come to the 2017 Fall Meeting of the SoCal Chapter of the AATSP on October 28 at CSUN!

Join us this Saturday, October 28 at California State University, Northridge for our Fall 2017 Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the AATSP. Tom Beeman will give the plenary presentation titled "Bridging the Gap Between Secondary and Post-Secondary Spanish Education". You can see the rest of the PROGRAM here. Also, you can pay here for the delicious buffet lunch that will be served. Click here for parking information. See you at CSUN!

Professor Dumitrescu, PhD Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Our very own Professor Domnita Dumitrescu, professor emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, and an avid contributor to the AATSP at the national and local level, has been named a Lifetime Achiever by the organization Marquis Who's Who for her contributions to the field of linguistics. Reed the press release here. Congratulations Domnita!


El Quinto concurso anual de deletreo en español para escuelas secundarias se realizó con éxito el pasado 15 de abril en el Wilden Lecture Hall de Azusa Pacific University (APU). Participaron un total de 19 escuelas de distintos distritos escolares del centro y sur de California. Rodrigo Amaya, de Perris High School, obtuvo el primer puesto; Rosemarie Giron Haiyande Quarz Hill High School, el segundo puesto; y Tania López, de Gladstone High School, el tercer puesto.

Pocas horas más tarde, como ya es tradicional, un numeroso grupo de niños de escuelas primarias realizaron también su propio Concurso de Deletreo. El objetivo de estos concursos anuales, organizados por la prof. Marcela Rojas, de APU, y un equipo de profesores universitarios y de secundaria, es promover el estudio de la lengua española en los niveles primarios y secundarios para animar a los estudiantes a continuar dicho aprendizaje en la universidad. Este año los jueces del concurso para escuelas secundarias fueron David Zarazúa, de USC; Paola Andrea Gómez, de Glendale Community College; Michel Pereira, de APU y Eduard Lucas Caba, de Cal Poly Pomona.

A big thank you to Santa Monica Community College!

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Santa Monica Community College and Professor Alejandro Lee of the Department of Modern Language and Cultures for welcoming us this past April 22, 2017. Thank you also to Professor María M. Carreira Co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA and Professor of Spanish at California State Long Beach for giving the keynote address. Click here for the complete program of our meeting. Finally, we will like to express our most sincere gratitude professors Margarita López and Amàlia Llombart for being our president and vice-president the last two years. After holding elections, Professor Llombart was elected the new president and professor Adrián Pérez Boluda will function as vicepresident.

Professor Domnita Dumitrescu recognized in the Member Spotlight page of the AATSP

This past January one of our own, Professor Domnita Dumitrescu, was recognized by the national office of the AATSP in its Member Spotlight page. Congratulations Domnita! You can see the current colleague who who is being honored with this recognition by clicking here.

Latin America: Tradition and Globalization in the 21st Century. Fourth International Annual Conference 2017. CALL FOR PAPERS

In the new millennium, Latin America has emerged as a major player in the international realm of culture, politics, and economics. The UNIVERSIDAD INTERNACIONAL is committed to bringing attention to this important region of the world by fostering interest, knowledge and understanding of the very diverse and rich cultures that form the contours of Latin America. Come and share your area of interest in Latin American art, music, indigenous languages, linguistics, literature, economics, politics, history, current issues and other related topics. Areas of interest will include the impact of Latin American cultures in the United States. We welcome papers and panel proposals on any subject relating to Latin America. Graduate student presentations are welcome.
Submit your 250-word abstract (in English or Spanish) by June 15, 2017 to the conference coordinator:

Dr. Álvaro Ramírez
Saint Mary's College of California
Department of World Languages and Cultures
1928 St. Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 45556

For more information visit our conference website:

2016 Fall Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Loyola Marymount University for organizing our 2016 Fall Meeting on November 12, 2016. You can see the program here.Thank you LMU!

April 23rd 2016 AATSP-SoCal Spring Meeting!

After a very successful spring conference last fall at CSU Channel Islands, this Spring meeting was scheduled at Cal Poly Pomona and organized by the vice-president, Dr. Amàlia Llombart. The more than sixty attendees were welcomed by Dr. Liliane Fucaloro—Chair of the English and Foreign Languages department—and Dr. Isabel Bustamante, Coordinator of the Foreign Languages Program, while they partook of a continental breakfast. They then attended the Plenary Session, facilitated by the renowned Italian neurolinguist Dr. Eleonora Rossi, who spoke about the complexity of second language learning and its neurological benefits. After the well-received plenary session, attendees went to the simultaneous sessions on language and literature, which lasted until late in the afternoon. During lunch, Stella Manley—Cal Poly Pomona alumna and Spanish instructor—received a recognition for her loyal support of the AATSP-SoCal conferences. Attendees also enjoyed the exhibits of an undergraduate poster session and contest, as well as a lively discussion with the posters’ authors. The students Alicia Ayala and Galia Alba were the recipients of the undergraduate research poster contest award in the areas of literature and linguistics, respectively.

Many thanks to the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Sharon Hilles, and to the Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, Dr. Liliane Fucaloro, for sponsoring and supporting the conference. Also, many thanks to the wonderful students of the Spanish Language Association and DePie for the extraordinary help in organizing this conference.

Our next conference will be at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, on November 12!

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1. Dr. Eleonora Rossi, plenary speaker.
2. Students of the Spanish Language Association and DePie take a lunch break from their hard work assisting to every detail in the organization of the conference.
3. Dr. Isabel Bustamante and Dr. Llombart give a well-deserved recognition to Stella Manley for her loyal support to the AATSP-SoCal.
4. Lively discussion during the poster session
5. Galia Alba and Alicia Ayala, recipients of the Undergraduate Student Poster Contest Award, next to their faculty mentors, Dr. Llombart and Dr. Albalá.


AATSP Southern California Chapter Fall 2015 Meeting : Thank you CSU Channel Islands!

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to thank the Department of Spanish, the Office of Student Life, the John Spoor Broome Libraray, and the Student Research Steering Council at the CSU Channel Island for the successful organization of the Fall 2015 Meeting of our chapter. Also thank you to the Mexican Consulate in Oxnard, to Vista Higher Learning, and to CENGAGE Learning for their contributions. You can see the program of the meeting here 

Thank you University of La Verne for a great Spring Meeting!   

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP would like to express its gratitude to the University of La Verne for organizing the Spring Meeting of the chapter this past April 25, 2015. You can take a look at the impressive program of presentations that were given that day.

Great Fall Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of AATSP at USC, October 25, 2014 

Our 2014 Fall Meeting at the University of Southern California was a huge success! We had an emotive homage to USC Professor Emerita Carmen Silva Corvalán and an excellent plenary presentation by Professor Comfort Pratt from Texas Tech University. Attendees were able to participate in a series of very interesting presentations and workshops (see program here) and they also had the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and old friends during lunch. Thanks to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vista Higher Learning, Cengage Learning, the Department of Modern Languages at Azusa Pacific University, the Embajada de España, and the Phi Omicron Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.

Thank you Pasadena City College for organizing the Spring 2014 SoCal Conference of the Southern California Chapter of the AATSP

Pasadena City College organized a very successful meeting of our chapter on Saturday, April 26. See the PROGRAM here. Thanks for allowing us to visit your campus and having a very productive and informative meeting.

Fall Meeting of the SoCal Chapter of AATSP. October 26, 2013 at UCLA  was huge success

The Southern California chapter of the AATSP would like to thank Professor Claudia Parodi and all her collaborators at UCLA for helping us in the organization of a very succesfull meeting this past October 26, 2013. Approximately 100 people attended the meeting and 80 of them were able to stay with us for lunch. Professor Fernando Rubio from the University of Utah gave a very well received plenary presentation titled "Going Beyond the Flipped Classroom in World Languages," you can find his presentation here. To see the program, click here.

¡Ganamos! The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP is the 2013 recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award

The Southern California Chapter of the AATSP is the 2013 recipient of the Chapter of the Year Award presented by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The AATSP Awards Selection Committee found the chapter credentials to be outstanding.As the recipient of this award, your chapter will receive a certificate and the check for $500 at the Awards Banquet of the 2013 AATSP conference in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to all the people and institutions who have supported this past year and have made this possible.