Rachel Mamiya Hernandez was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (a national organization promoting these languages and cultures). Her service begins on January 1 and will be an excellent opportunity to both share her broad-based experience and learn from others. Mamiya Hernandez is an instructor in the Department of Languages & Literatures of Europe & the Americas, and is also pursuing a PhD in Learning Design and Technology in the College of Education.

Mamiya Hernandez is earning an impressive reputation for her academic achievements. In 2017 she received the Excellence in Teaching Award of the Hawaii Association of Language Teachers. In addition, she was nominated for several teaching awards at UH Mānoa and received other awards to attend and present at conferences and conduct research. She published two articles in the Portuguese Language Journal (2015 & 2016) on the pedagogical uses of the eight Portuguese newspapers published in Hawaiʻi between 1885 and 1927, and recently she completed “Perspectives on Reduced Forms Instruction in Portuguese as a Foreign Language” (in press).

Mamiya Hernandez is considered the mainstay of the Portuguese program, although she also teaches Spanish. She embraces and employs a wide range of pedagogical techniques, including online teaching, live chats, and place-based mobile games. In fall 2017, she implemented a six-credit Portuguese intensive course in which students meet each week for three hours in class and three hours online. This provides two semesters’ worth of instruction in a single course. She will implement the intermediate course in spring 2018. Her successful summer immersion program in Bahia, Brazil continues to attract students. It is just this type of creative thinking that inspires and motivates not only her, but also her students and colleagues.

The College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature (one of the four Arts & Sciences colleges) of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers a broad curriculum in English, foreign and heritage languages and literatures, second language studies, and linguistics. Its Asia and Pacific focused curricula is unique in the nation and its faculty regularly teaches more than 25 languages.

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