Lecturer of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Libertad Aranza has been teaching in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department at Mercer University since 2019. She has experience teaching native, non-native, and heritage speakers of Spanish at the K-12 schools and college levels. At Mercer, Mrs. Aranza teaches all classes of Spanish, from lower to upper-division Spanish courses, which include conversation and composition, Spanish for specific purposes, and special topics in grammar and culture. Mrs. Aranza is the co-founder of Vox Populi, the creative magazine of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. She is the founder and leader of biweekly Spanish Table Talks to encourage conversational Spanish outside the classroom.
- M.A., Spanish, New Mexico State University
- B.A., Spanish Literature,University of California, San Diego
Second language acquisition, heritage language development, Spanish in the U.S., applied linguistics, Spanish for specific purposes, and service-learning.
Mrs. Aranza’s research focuses on the methodology and pedagogy of Spanish as a second language and heritage language, language acquisition, and heritage language maintenance and use.