MDFL Alumna Publishes Spanish Textbook

MDFL Alumna Publishes Spanish Textbook

Monday, March 2, 2010

Augustana College Alumna Dr. Astrid A. Billat, who is currently Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the author of a new textbook, Three Centuries of Spanish Short Stories, published by Focus Publishing.

Three Centuries of Spanish Short Stories is a Spanish language anthology of stories written by both internationally known and lesser-known authors. There are seventeen short stories, selected to introduce students to the different literary trends of 19th, 20th and 21st century Spain. The stories are supplemented by a brief biography of each author, and a bibliography of his or her work. Each chapter includes vocabulary, written and oral comprehension activities and guides to interpreting the plot and of each story and understanding the symbolism of the text. It also includes creative writing activities after each short story.

"I chose these particular short stories for my textbook because, first of all, their level of difficulty and length is appropriate for a 300 level student of Spanish," Billat said. "Moreover, not only do these stories teach students about modern Spanish literature, strengthen their reading, writing and speaking skills in Spanish, but they also invite them to critically and creatively think about a number of issues that we, as human beings, face every day."

Dr. Astrid A. Billat

Dr. Billat's book.

The publisher notes "The readings inspire students to think critically and creatively about given topics, styles and cultural aspects of the times. Themes include: immigration, hardship of children and adolescents, women’s roles, fantastic fiction, disabilities and love."

Dr. Billat received her B.A. from Augustana College; a M.A. from the University of New Mexico, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She teaches courses in Spanish at Meredith College and is the coordinator of the French and Spanish licensure.