Romance Languages and Literatures

Janet Sedlar

Senior Lecturer and Spanish Language Co-Coordinator

Office: 

Cobb 126

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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.