Dennis Pollard

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Dennis Pollard

Lecturer IV of Spanish

Office Location(s): 4036 MLB 1275
Phone: 734.764.0009
dennisdp@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Romance Languages & Literatures, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for European Studies
  • About

    Although my Ph.D. is in Colonial Latin American literature, my focus as a course coordinator has been in curriculum development and in the creation of instructional technology applications. My principal objectives are to use the most appropriate technology and to fully integrate the resulting applications into my course. The course I direct, Spanish 277, combines an advanced grammar review with an introduction to literature. This course uses online instruction and practice, as well as in-class discussion. I am writing an introduction to reading fiction textbook that combines Ken Walton’s theory of fiction as a game of make-believe and Roland Barthes' structuralist technique in  S/Z. I also teach Spanish 289, an introduction to Spanish-English translation. This course introduces students to the theories and techniques of translation, while also providing specific practice in translating difficult grammar points.

    Recent undergraduate courses taught: 


    Spanish 277 – Advanced grammar review/Introduction to Literature
    Spanish 389 -  Introduction to Spanish-English Translation

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1986
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Teaching reading
    • Instructional technology
    • Latin American literature