Zaida Villanueva

Zaida Villanueva García

Lecturer of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Tu. and Thu.: 12:20pm - 1:20pm or by appt.



M.A. in World Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics. West Virginia University, USA (2016)

M.A. in Secondary School Teaching, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. The National Distance Education University (UNED), Spain (2014)

M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations. Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain (2007)

B.A. in Translation and Interpreting. University of Salamanca, Spain (2006)

B.A. in Tourism, graduated first in class. University of Oviedo, Spain (2004)


Professional Development

"Corregir y retroalimentar la produccion oral en el aula." Instituto Cervantes, on-line course

"Creación de espacios y materiales de enseñanza en línea." Instituto Cervantes, on-line course

Course Design Institute, Center for Teaching Excellence. University of Virginia, VA

Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning Online Institute & Online Symposium: The Power of Project-Based Language Learning. University of Virginia, VA

Certificate in University Teaching. West Virginia University, WV

Kognito Training modules: At-risk Students, Veterans on Campus, and LGBTQ on Campus. West Virginia University, WV

Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) A1-C2 Examiner. Instituto Cervantes, on-line


Research Interests

Language Teaching

Instructional Technology (ePortfolios)

Second Language Acquisition

Women Studies

International Relations



  • At the University of Virginia
    • SPAN 1010 (Elementary Spanish)
    • SPAN 1020 (Elementary Spanish)
    • SPAN 2010 (Intermediate Spanish)
    • SPAN 2020 (Advanced Intermediate Spanish)
  • At West Virginia University
    • SPAN-101 (Elementary Spanish I)
    • SPAN-102 (Elementary Spanish II)
  • At the Spanish Cultural Center of Bata (Equatorial Guinea) associated to the Instituto Cervantes
    • Intermediate Spanish
    • Elementary Spanish
  • Other teaching experience
    • English Teacher at the Spanish School of Bata in Equatorial Guinea (High School level students)


Departmental Work

Co-organizer and developer of the Spanish Cultural Weekly Newsletter (Spring 2017-present)

Co-organizer of the UVA Spanish Tertulia (2017-2018)

Co-organizer of the First Spanish Italian, & Portuguese (SIP) Film Festival (Fall 2017)



“Reivindicación del deseo sexual femenino en Luna caliente de Mempo Giardinelli y Ardiente paciencia de Antonio Skármeta, ¿ruptura o continuismo con el boom?” Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 1(2), pp. 54–61.


Selected Presentations

“Contemplative Practices for Building Inclusive Classrooms” presented at the 6th Annual UVA Innovations in Pedagogy Summit as part of the 2017-2018 UVA Contemplative Faculty Learning Community. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. May 2018.

“Learning by Reflecting: the Integration of Reflective Writing in the Second Language Classroom” presented at the 28th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language, and Culture. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. February, 2018.

“E-Portfolio Reflections: Meaning-Making Tools to Enrich the Learning Experience” presented at the AAEEBL SE Regional Conference. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA. November, 2017.

“Mobilizing Peer Feedback and ePortfolios for Powerful Collaborative Learning” presented at the 5th Annual UVA Innovations in Pedagogy Summit. University of Virginia. Charlottesville, VA. May, 2017.

“Decadencia y orientalismo en El Monstruo de Antonio de Hoyos y Vinent” presented at the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April, 2017.

“Cuando el Margen Becomes el Centro: función semiótica en La Virgen Cabeza de Gabriela Cabezón Cámara” presented at the Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH. April 2016

“Webquest: An Adventure in Learning” presented at the TESOL Conference. Marshall University. Charleston, WV. April 2015


Grants and Awards

Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing. University of Virginia (2018)

2017-2018 Ignite Scholard, Center for Teaching Excelence. University of Virginia (2017-2018)

Grant from the Contemplative Sciences Center to Develop Reflective and Contemplative Techniques to Implement in Language Teaching Courses (2017-2018)

Grant from the Institute of World Languages for the Spanish Tertulia, University of Virginia (2017-2018)


Volunteer Work

Volunteer translator and interpreter from home and at jail visits to detainees for CAIR Coalition, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights, non-profit organization that promotes equal justice for all immigrants at risk of detention and deportation in the Washington, D.C. area. Washington, D.C.

Volunteer at Sin Barreras, non-profit organization helping the local immigrant (primarily Hispanic) community. Charlottesville, VA.

Volunteer Translator and Interpreter at the Tahirih Justice Center, representing immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. Falls Church, VA.

Facilitator for the “Dialogue on Race.” City of Charlottesville initiative that seeks to engage the community in an enriching discussion of race, racism, and diversity to identify problems and propose concrete solutions and paths to action that promote racial reconciliation, economic justice, and equity. Charlottesville, VA.