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Karen E. Breiner-Sanders

Karen E. Breiner-Sanders, Ph.D.
The George Washington University

Karen E. Breiner-Sanders is Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Georgetown University. She teaches Hispanic film, high-level language courses, and seminars on violence, human rights, and colliding images in Latin America. An ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester and trainer, Professor Breiner-Sanders has conducted numerous workshops throughout the country and internationally on proficiency testing and proficiency-oriented instructional design. Her publications include "La Familia de Pascual Duarte" a través de su imaginería, The ACTFL Revised Proficiency Guidelines-Writing, The  ACTFL Revised Proficiency Guidelines -Speaking and Explanatory Appendix,  The  ACTFL Performance Guidelines for K-12 Learners, as well as chapters and articles on Hispanic literature and film, and on language testing, instruction and acquisition.  For the period 1999-2001, Dr. Breiner-Sanders served as Director of The Spanish School at Middlebury College in Vermont.  She is founder and past chair of the Cinema SIG (Special Interest Group), and she serves on a variety of boards in education and government.  Her current project is a book on Hispanic cinema and content-based instruction. 

Film Resources

Course Descriptions Course Programs 
  • SPAN-333.  Hispanic Cinema: Spain
  • SPAN-334/LASP-451.  Contemporary Spanish American Cinema
  • INAF-100.   Colliding Images: Representation & Reality in Latin America (SFS Proseminar)
  • INAF-254.   Hispanic World: From Books to Film - Adaptation

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