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Enhancing Language Learning with Real-World Content

April 04, 2024 | 3:30 PM ET

Presented by:
  • Devon W. Hanahan, Spanish Teacher and Basic Spanish Language Program Coordinator at College of Charleston
  • Stephanie Langston, Senior Lecturer of Spanish at Georgia State University Perimeter College
  • Cris Sparks-Early,  Assistant Professor of Spanish at Northern Virginia Community College


Are you seeking effective ways to incorporate current and relevant cultural content into your courses? Do you find it challenging to find the time to engage students with curated contemporary videos and news articles in the target language? Have you considered how you can integrate culture seamlessly into your curriculum? Discover the transformative power of News & Cultural Updates in the Supersite—a dynamic tool that will enrich your teaching and the student learning experience with culturally immersive content. Discover these benefits:

  • Save time! Streamline your lesson planning with ready-to-use pre/during/post activities.

  • Engage students with current cultural content! Bring real-world context into your classroom with the latest news and cultural insights.

  • Promote interactive and differentiated learning! Encourage active engagement with current videos and articles in the target language.

  • Foster intercultural competency! Develop critical thinking and intercultural communication skills through guided cultural comparisons and discussions.

Join us for a webinar where you will learn to leverage these features to their full potential, ensuring your students not only learn a new language but also gain valuable cultural insights that will last a lifetime. Do not miss the opportunity to transform your classroom into a vibrant space of cultural discovery and exchange. Register now to secure your spot!

NOTEIf you are unable to attend the session, you can access the recording on Vista Higher Learning Higher Ed professional development webinar page.

Learn more about the presenters

Devon W. Hanahan

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Cris Sparks-Early
About Devon W. Hanahan, Stephanie Langston: and Cris Sparks-Early:

Devon W. Hanahan
Devon Wray Hanahan has been teaching Spanish at the high school or college level for 30+ years. She received her degree in Spanish plus secondary education certification from the College of Charleston in 1987, and she completed an MA in Spanish at the University of South Carolina in 1995. She loves traveling to Spain with students and teaching all levels, from Spanish I for 9th graders to Advanced Listening Techniques for Masters in International Business students. In addition to teaching full time and traveling, for ten years she has been the coordinator of the Basic Spanish Language Program at the College of Charleston. She has presented several workshops on language pedagogy at SCOLT and AATSP conferences in the past ten years and loves engaging with other language faculty.

Stephanie Langston
Stephanie Langston is a senior lecturer of Spanish at Georgia State University Perimeter College. She teaches both face-to-face at the Newton campus and online. She also leads Spanish instructor trainings at the college and was the first Spanish instructor to teach online. She has  taught for the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oxford College of Emory University. Stephanie is also the president of Hands on Spanish, Inc., a company offering continuing education programs that include “Pharmacy Spanish,” “Spanish for Nurses,” and "Spanish for the Courts,” all of which are nationally accredited. Stephanie also led the development of 200 hours of Spanish curriculum customized for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents of the Department of Homeland Security. Her programs are in use in some capacity at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy, California Health Sciences University, the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center, Capella University, and the University of Missouri Kansas City’s School of Medicine. Stephanie is the recipient of the Excellence in Course Design & Teaching Award from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and of the college-wide Excellence in Service Award from Georgia State University Perimeter College.

Cris Sparks-Early

Cristina (Cris) P. Sparks-Early is an Asst. Professor of Spanish at Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas, Virginia. She is also the Asst. Division Dean for World Languages. Cris has been teaching Spanish for 24 years, 20 of those at NVCC. She has won the Outstanding Faculty Member three times (2000, 2007, and 2014), has served as the Chair of the World Languages Cluster a number of times and on numerous committees on her campus. Cris was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, and spent her childhood living in Spain, Italy, and Germany before moving to the United States as a teenager. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Virginia Tech and a M.A. in Spanish from Penn State University, along with some post-graduate credits from University of Virginia and George Mason University.

Living now in Virginia, she continues to travel to numerous countries including the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, and Cuba, and was part of an educational delegation to China through The College Board. Her primary specialty is in pedagogy and assessment. Cris has offered professional development to language instructors, giving workshops and forums on topics such as assessment, IPAs, collaboration, and using music in the classroom. She has three children, a husband, and a dog, and when not taking care of them, loves to travel.