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Spanish major now lives and works in Puerto Rico

Francesca Biundo

Francesca Biundo earned her B.A. and M.A. from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

An update from Francesca Biundo ’04 and ’06, who graduated with both a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from Illinois State.

“My undergraduate degree was in Spanish, with a TESOL and International Studies minor. I am also a certified teacher in Spanish and Italian.

Although my master’s degree focused on peninsular literature and culture, throughout my undergraduate and graduate years I also studied linguistics and second language acquisition, which have given me well-rounded knowledge.

During the two-year graduate program at Illinois State, I also taught beginner Spanish courses. I thank Dr. Mir and Dr. Hildebrandt for training students how to teach a language in a creative and efficient way. The department is rich with talented professors (not only my former ones) and staff who want their students to succeed.

I am now teaching Italian and developing the program towards AP in one of the best private schools in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Furthermore I interpret or give private lessons when I can.”