Darcy Lear

Lecturer (Spanish); Languages for Specific Purposes Program Coordinator at the University of Chicago Language Center and the Office of Language Assessment
Gates-Blake 222A
Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:30-12:20 p.m. and 1:30-2:20 p.m. (in GB 222A or law school) and by appointment
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2003

Darcy Lear has a PhD in foreign and second language education from the Ohio State University and an MA in Spanish literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She regularly teaches, publishes, and presents in her specialty area of languages for specific purposes. Courses developed for the University of Chicago include an intermediate survey course, Spanish for the Professions (SPAN 20304), and a course for the law school, Spanish for Public Interest Law in the U.S. (the latter with support from the University of Chicago Language Center to conduct domain analysis research, write tests, and develop the curriculum). Her books include the pedagogical guide Integrating Career Preparation into Language Courses from Georgetown University Press and the introductory Spanish textbook Conéctate (with Grant Goodall) from McGraw-Hill Education.

Recent courses in RLL

  • SPAN 10100 Beginning Elementary Spanish I (Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019)
  • SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II (Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Winter 2020, Autumn 2020, Winter 2022)
  • SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III (Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2021)
  • SPAN 12001 Intensive Spanish I (Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023)
  • SPAN 20304 Spanish for the Professions (Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Winter 2023, Winter 2024)
  • SPAN 20305 Legal Spanish: Public Interest Law in the US (Spring 2021, Spring 2023, Spring 2024)