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Frances Sweeney  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • M.A. Graduate Liberal Studies, Saint Mary's College of California, 2007
  • CMT Massage Therapy, American Institute of Massage, California, 1995
  • Ph.D Hispanic Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 1992
    Dissertation: Aspects of Foriegn Language Communicative Competence in Speaking and Writing Development: A Comparison of Discourse Features in the Production of Beginning Spanish Learners.
  • M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College, Vermont and Madrid, Spain, 1987
  • B.A. Spanish and Diversified Liberal Arts, Saint Marys College of California, 1986

Professional Experience:

  • Member of Executive Board - Association of Core Texts and Courses (2005 - Present)
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs - Saint Mary's College of California (2003)
  • Assistant to Academic Vice President for Undergraduate Initiatives and Assessment - Saint Mary's College of California (2000 - 2003)
  • Dean for the School of Liberal Arts - St Mary's College of California (1999 - 2003)
  • Residence Hall Counselor - St. Mary's College of California (1990 - 1992)

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor of Spanish - Saint Mary's College of California (2002)
  • Associate Professor of Spanish, Coordinator of Lower Division Languages and Language Technology - Saint Mary's College of California (1997)
  • Visiting Professor, Theories of Language Acquisition and Teaching - University of California, Berkeley (1996 - 1998)
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages - Saint Mary's College of California (1994)
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages - Ohio University (1992 - 1994)
  • Assistant Director - Harmon Hall Institute of English, Tulancingo, Mexico (1990)
  • Assistant Instructor in Spanish, Department of Modern Languages - University of Texas at Austin (1988 - 1990)
  • Lecturer in Spanish and the Great Books Program, Department of Modern Languages and Collegiate Seminar Program - St Mary's College of California

Grants:

  • Faculty Research Stipend - University of Texas at Austin (1991)
  • Tuition Grant, Department of Spanish and Portuguese - University of Texas at Austin (1990)
    (1988-1990)
  • New Faculty Research Grant - Ohio University

Presentations:

Papers

  • Reading Communities for Language Learning. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, annual confrence, Scottsdale, Arizona
    (October 2002)
  • From Critical Reading to Critical Writing: Strategies for Advanced Language Development. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese annual conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    (August 2002)
  • Core Texts as Core: Enhancing Student and Faculty Development through Shared Inquiry. Sweeney, Frances
    Association of Core Texts and Courses, annual conference
    (May 2002)
  • Learning Communities and Communication: Using Multimedia to Enhance Language and Interdisciplinary Development. Sweeney, Frances
    Computer Assisted Language Consortium (CALICO) annual conference, Davis, California
    (March 2002)
  • Art, Imagination, and Language Development: Cognitive process across hermispheres. Sweeney, Frances
    Second Language Acquisition sessios; chaired session on Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Vancouver, Canada
    (October 2001)
  • Righting (Writing) the Way: Help Students Develop a Writtten Voice. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese annual conference, San Francisco, California
    (July 2001)
  • Teaching through Picasso: Art and Language Acquisition. Sweeney, Frances
    Presented in Linguistics Session; Chaired Second Language Acquisition session. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Boise, Idaho
    (October 2000)
  • Beyond Linear, Beyond Literature: Culture, Art, and Language. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    (October 1999)
  • Style and Substance: Advanced Composition Models. Sweeney, Frances
    Presented in Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. Chaired separate section Foreign Language Education, Denver, Colorado
    (October 1998)
  • Theories of Interlanguage Development. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Albequerque, New Mexico
    (October 1996)
  • Interlanguage, Interlinguistic: Instructional Modes and Acquisition. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Applied Linguistics, Seattle, Washington
    (March 1996)
  • Writing, Assessment and Critical Thinking. Sweeney, Frances
    Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC), University of California, Berkeley
    (October 28, 1995)
  • Stylistics as a Bridge for Proficiency and Literacy. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Second Language Acquisition session; Chair of Spanish Linguistics session, Spokane, Washington
    (October 1995)
  • The Relationship Between Language Acquisition and Student Awareness of Methodology and Instruction. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Denver, Colorado
    (October 1993)
  • An Analysis of the Acquisition of Morphosyntactic and Discourse Features in the Writing of First-Year University Level Learners of Spanish. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Phoenix, Arizona
    (August 1993)
  • Learner Attitudes Towards their Foreign Language Development: Speech and Composition Acquisition. Sweeney, Frances
    Mid-State Foreign Language Conference, Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    (October 1992)
  • The Right to Write in the Communicative Competence Classroom: A Comparison of the Acquisition of Morphosyntactic Features in Speaking and Writing in the First Year Spanish Class. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
    (October 1992)

Selected Presentations

  • Alternative Approaches to Assess Writing Performance. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese annual conference. (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
    (2002)
  • The Language Media Center: Not Just Another Computer Lab. Sweeney, Frances
    Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology, annual conference
    (2002)
  • Models of Writing. Sweeney, Frances
    the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. ( San Francisco)
    (2001)
  • Teaching Language, Not Textbooks. Sweeney, Frances
    California Language Teachers Association annual conference, (Burlingame, CA)
    (2001)
  • Interactive Strategies for the Foreign Language Classroom. Sweeney, Frances
    Foreign Language Association of Northern California, Annual Fall Conference. University of California, Berkeley
    (2000)
  • C.A.L.L. Research Design: From Goals to Methods to Outcomes. Sweeney, Frances
    Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Phoenix, Arizona
    (2000)
  • Why Teach Art?. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese ( Denver, Colorado)
    (1999)
  • Teaching In a Multimedia Classroom: Low Tech Options. Sweeney, Frances
    Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), (San Diego, CA)
    (1998)
  • High Tech for Low Brows: Software applications for Spanish. Sweeney, Frances
    Foreign Language Association of Northern California, FLANC ( San Francisco, CA)
    (1997)
  • Computers and Language Teaching. Sweeney, Frances
    Southwest Association of Language and Technology (SALT). (University of Santa Cruz)
    (1996)
  • TLC: The Use of Technology for Teaching Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Orlando, Florida
    (1996)
  • Musical Chair Composing: Using Computers of Augment Composition Development. Sweeney, Frances
    Southwest Association for Language and Technology, University of Santa Cruz
    (1996)
  • Writing, Assessment and Critical Thinking. Sweeney, Frances
    Foreign Language Association of Northern California, University of California, Berkeley
    (1995)
  • Stylistics as a Bridge for Proficiency and Literacy. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
    (1995)
  • Exposing Writing: Pre-Writing, Process and Group Activities to Aid Composition Development. Sweeney, Frances
    Foreign Language Association of Northern California, San Francisco State University
    (1995)
  • Multimedia Classroom versus Language Lab. Sweeney, Frances
    Southwest Association for Language and Technology (SALT). (Stanford University)
    (1994)
  • The Effect for Oral Journals on the Acquisition of Spanish. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
    (1994)
  • From Affective to Effective Writing. Sweeney, Frances and Dimitriou of University of California, Berkeley, Agnes
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (Phoenix, AZ)
    (1993)
  • The Relationship Between Language Acquisition and Student Awareness of Methodology and Instruction. Sweeney, Frances
    Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Denver, Colorado
    (1993)
  • An Analysis of the Acquisition of Morphosyntactic and Discourse Features in the Writing of First-Year University Level Learners of Spanish. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Phoenix, Arizona
    (1993)
  • Techniques for Teacher Writing. Sweeney, Frances
    Ohio Foreign Language Association, University of Toledo
    (1993)
  • Redefining Christianity in a Capitalistic Society: The Private Catholic Institution of the 1990's. Sweeney, Frances
    Saturday Morning at St. Mary's, St. Mary's College of California
    (1992)
  • Escribir por modelos: Teaching Writing from a New Perspective. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (Denver, Colorado)
  • From Affective to Effective Writing. Sweeney, Frances
    American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Protuguese, Phoenix, Arizona

Publications:

  • Sweeney, Frances and Spicher, Lori. La voz. Fontica y fonologa espaola.. New York: Prentice Hall, 2006.
  • Sweeney, Frances and Spicher, Lori. "Accent Acquisition in the Classroom: Mastering Pronunciation through Prosodic Elements." Connections I (2006): 35-52
  • Sweeney, Frances, Dimittriou, Agnes and Sempere-Martnez, Juan. Modelos. An Integrated Approach to Proficiency. New York: Prentice Hall, 2003.
  • Sweeney, Frances. "The Reply to Sor Filotea by Juana Ins de la Cruz." Anthology of the History of Liberal Arts. College Board Press: New York, 1997
  • Sweeney, Frances. "Computers in the Realm of Proficiency." SALT Talks: Journal of the Southwest Association for Language and Technology 8.1 (1995)
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