Why Columbus State?
Dr. Joelle Bonamy is the Assistant Department Chair of Modern and Classical Languages and Assistant Professor of Spanish.
We interviewed Dr. Bonamy to find out why she chose Columbus State University.
acquisition and community language shift, specifically as it relates to the linguistic situation in Gibraltar. This research not only documents the
current unique linguistic situation in Gibraltar but also intends to derive from an analysis of the Gibraltarian situation a better understanding of
the applicability of various theories that attempt to explain the dynamics and the results of language contact, especially when one of those languages
is as world dominant as the English language.
A secondary research area centers on second language acquisition and pedagogy. In particular I research and conduct studies in second language
written discourse organization strategies, pedagogical implications for code-switching in the foreign language classroom, teaching methodologies
for second language pronunciation, and developing culture based syllabi.
2. What made you choose Columbus State University?
I chose Columbus State University because of its clear mission for a student-centered approach to teaching through engaged faculty and small class
sizes. Additionally, the mission's focus of creating a campus that strives to connect itself not only to the local community but also to the global
community was extremely appealing.
I would recommend CSU to prospective students because of the excellent and dedicated faculty, and the opportunity to work closely with that faculty.
Additionally, there is a broad range of academic areas that students can pursue, ensuring the opportunity for profound learning experiences and for
the exploration of new concepts and ideas. Finally, I would encourage students to pursue an education at CSU because of the incredible study abroad
opportunities, which are not only budget friendly but more importantly allow students the opportunity to grow personally and academically through
observation of and participation in the broader world.
There have certainly been favorite teaching moments during my time at CSU but I find that I do not recognize them as they happen. Most "favorite
moments" end up being an accumulation of many smaller teaching moments and it is not until the semester has ended and when students come back
to visit or write letters acknowledging how I have helped them realize personal or academic goals or how I have helped them move forward in their
careers, that I realize that I had an impact. I believe that if I only focus on those big moments that I would lose site of the thousands of favorite little
moments that are present to me daily. Every time I step foot into my office or classroom, I hope for my students a favorite little moment when learning
something new, making a connection to another culture or idea, or even properly producing a grammar point or pronunciation task becomes one of
many incredible teaching moments. For me each little teaching moment is an occasion to be thankful for my profession, CSU and my students. Each
moment is like a student and I could no more choose a favorite student than I could a favorite moment that I have shared with him/her... Each is special.
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