Spanish Book Club: Patricia Lezama

Spanish Book

Instructor Patricia Lezama tells us about her class which begins Tuesday, January 8. To learn more, email


What are the 3 main learning outcomes for students?

  • Improve their language skills with confidence in Spanish.
  • Reinforcing the Spanish they learn in classes by putting it to natural use in everyday activities.
  • Improve their Spanish skills for work, for travel or just out of a love of the Spanish language and culture.


Who should take this class?

This book club is geared for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers. The featured readings, plus most of the discussion, will be in Spanish.


Why do you want to teach this?

When I’m reading a good book, I spend every waking moment wanting to talk about that book. The trouble is, most of the people around are not reading the same book or don’t have the same interests. That’s where book clubs come in. Book clubs are the perfect way to keep reading, talk about what you’re reading, and make friends with other readers. In this case we all have an interest in common: practicing reading and talking about it in a second language.


How did you get started with this topic?

As a student of a foreign language myself, I have experienced and understood that the needs and interests of a learner must be connected. If we encourage students to be actively involved in the learning process, we can help them to develop their full potential. Reading is a powerful tool for learning a second language and talking about your findings is an amazing way to excel your knowledge and gain confidence when you speak.


How do you apply these skills in your job?

By learning Spanish, you’ll be better able to communicate with Spanish speakers. Latin American countries are important trading partners. Being able to speak Spanish greatly enhances your resume.


If you could tell students one thing about this class what would it be?

Whether you read in Spanish all the time or you’re looking to get your Español in peak form, this club is for you.


What have you learned from teaching?

The learning experience must be enjoyable and should encourage the learners to use Spanish immediately in real life.

Last Updated November 28, 2018