Noel Blanco Mourelle

Noel Blanco Mourelle
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Address
    Graduate Lounge - Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures
    612 W116th Street
    New York NY 10027
  • Phone
    (212) 854-5815
  • Fax
    (212) 854-5322
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Licenciado en Filoloxía Románica, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Master 2 en Théorie et Pratique du Langage et des Arts, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (France). From 2008-2010, he co-organized a monthly graduate student seminar at the CRAL/CNRS, in Paris, entitled 'Penser le Lieu : Imaginaires de la Fiction.' During the 2009-2010 academic year, he taught Spanish language and literature to undergraduate students at the University of Strasbourg. His research interests include: medieval and early modern Iberian cultural production, epistemology and history of ideas, bibliography and material culture, the arts of memory, and the early modern circulation of the writings of Ramon Llull.

Academic Statement

In spite of the fact that my dissertation project deals with early modern culture and not with Second Language Acquisition, I believe researching and teaching are related. What I learn does not come exclusively from reading alone in a silent library, but from different types of intellectual exchanges. I regard teaching as one of them. Every class is an opportunity for all its components, both students and instructor, to learn from each other. In order to make this happen I try my best to build an atmosphere of cooperation in the class changing the working dynamics as often as possible and stimulating the participation of students. Such a goal is impossible to achieve without taking in account the students' interests and incorporating them to the class so they can build a personal connection with Spanish language. Moreover, I think that learning to speak Spanish is not separated from learning about the cultures of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. I like to incorporate cultural texts - to a reasonable extent - to the class from the beginning so language and culture never feel separated. Ultimately, I believe that learning a new language is a rewarding process that can mean hard work at times, but also enjoyment most of them.