I was a Fulbright Scholar and teaching assistant in France. I lived in Spain for more than twenty years. I completed all requirements for the Ph.D. in Spanish except the dissertation, and completed the Ph.D. minor in French. I've taught Spanish and French at various American colleges and universities, taught English in Bilbao and Madrid, Spain. I was a Reader for the AP Spanish Exam for 14 years, several as Table Leader or Assistant Table Leader. Through the years, I have kept in touch w... [more]
I compiled my first English grammar book when I was in the fifth grade! As a student and later as an English teacher I was always the go-to person for my colleagues when they had doubts either about usage or about how to explain certain grammar concepts to students. On top of an early grounding in English I have had a lifetime of reading, writing, speaking, and teaching both native speakers and speakers of other languages.
I was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, as well as a Fulbright Scholar and Teaching Assistant in France. I lived in Spain from 1970 to 1992. I taught French and Spanish at Fisk University and at Texas A&M, and taught Spanish at Tennessee State U., the University of the South, and the UW-Madison.
In 1995 I conducted two workshops at Tennessee State University on teaching composition to foreign students. In 2002 and 2004 I created and conducted a six-week workshop in reading and writing for gifted high school students at the UW-Madison. See Carol LaChapelle, "Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories", 2008, pp. 97-98. Melvin Hinton, review of Tino Villanueva, "Shaking Off the Dark", 2nd. ed., and "Cro'nica de mis peores annos", in "Hispanic Poetry Review", May 2000, pp.110-115.
I taught English as a second or foreign language at all levels and practically for all ages for 24 years in France and Spain. I taught grammar, advanced conversation, and composition at the University of Deusto in Bilbao and those subjects, as well as all levels of language proficiency, in the ESL program of the American Cultural Center connected to the American embassy in Madrid. In the Madrid program I was a model teacher for interns from the St. Louis University esl course and for new and part-time teachers.