Emma B. Marquina Castillo

Emma B. Marquina Castillo

I love The Art Institute of Charleston because I'm always surrounded by creative and curious students! Emma B. Marquina Castillo , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

My favorite assignment is the oral presentation. Students produce a three-minute video of themselves. They speak Spanish using all the grammar and vocabulary they’ve learned learn in class. Students enjoy the presentation, and are always proud to share their final production with the class.

How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Most students have preconceived ideas about languages: they’re hard to learn, they’ll never learn to speak them, there’s no need to learn a foreign language, etc. But most students are curious. Learning Spanish opens a lot of doors—not only in communication, but understanding cultural differences. Once they get the basics of a language, they’re eager to know more about the world’s cultures, countries, and people. That eagerness and curiosity push students beyond their initial perceptions.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Language is always collaborative. When students have different experiences with foreign languages, they can share and use those experiences to enhance or rethink their projects.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Beyond language skills, I try to open a window into different cultures.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love being surrounded by creative and curious students.