Douglas Morgenstern, MA

Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Douglas Morgenstern, senior lecturer emeritus in Spanish at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, taught intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses there from 1980 until his retirement in 2011. Previously he taught Spanish at Stanford University, Spanish and English as a second language at community colleges in California, and English in Colombia, where he served in the Peace Corps. He has taught first-year Spanish at Extension since 1981. In 1993 he received the Carmen S. Bonanno Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching Award from Extension, and in 2007, he was honored for twenty-five years of teaching. In 2009 he was the first recipient in Foreign Languages and Literatures of the Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. He was a co-author and contributing author of several Spanish textbooks, an advisor for a PBS telecourse, and presented and published on conversational activities as well as the use of technology in language learning. From 2000-2011 he directed the MITUPV Exchange where students in the United States and in Valencia, Spain, contributed text messages, photos, and videos. The project was described in Wired, Campus Technology, and the volume Teaching Literature and Language Online published by the Modern Language Association in 2009.


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