Senior Lecturer and Spanish Language Coordinator
Office: 
Gates-Blake 213
Office Hours: 
Monday 2:20-4:20, Wednesday 2:30-3:20, and by appointment
Phone Number: 
773-702-7926
Email: 
Education: 

PhD in Romance Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

MA in French Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Advanced Certificate in Teaching Foreign Language, New York University, 1999

Diploma of Education in Teaching French & English (Second Language), McGill University, 1993

BA in Linguistics, Université de Montréal, 1992

Program(s): Spanish

Janet Sedlar specializes in Spanish and French sociolinguistics, pragmatics, foreign language pedagogy and second language acquisition.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the construction of humor in Spanish, Argentine and French comic strips from a sociolinguistic and pragmatic perspective.  She was a contributing author to the 3rd edition of the elementary Spanish textbook Con brío, published in 2013.  Her most recent project – a work in progress – has been to revamp the Spanish program by incorporating many more authentic models of contemporary oral and written discourse into the curriculum.  The objective is to reflect a wider range of speech acts encountered in everyday discourse than found in most textbooks, in order to better prepare students to function – both linguistically and culturally – once they find themselves immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Education

  • PhD in Romance Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • MA in French Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Advanced Certificate in Teaching Foreign Language, New York University, 1999
  • Diploma of Education in Teaching French & English (Second Language), McGill University, 1993
  • BA in Linguistics, Université de Montréal, 1992

Selected Courses Taught

  • Graduate seminar in foreign language acquisition theory and pedagogy, University of Chicago
  • First, second and third year Spanish language, University of Chicago
  • Spanish sociolinguistics, University of Chicago
  • First and second year French and Spanish language, University of California – Berkeley
  • Intermediate French, University of California - Paris