Office: MRCHS 285
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Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies Robert Cortina was born in Camagüey, Cuba, in 1940. He attended elementary and secondary school with the Marist Brothers, graduating in 1957 to enroll in Saint Thomas of Villaneuva University in Havana, Cuba. Due to the Castro revolution the university closed in February 1958.
In the fall of 1958, he came to the United States to study at Texas A&I University-Kingsville, four months before the Castro takeover. At Texas A&I, he naught as a graduate teaching assistant from 1964-1966 and as an instructor in the Modern Languages Department from 1966-1970. Cortina received a University Fellowship for postgraduate studies at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island and attended from 1970-1973, and he taught for one year at Brown as a graduate teaching assistant.
Cortina then began teaching at TSC in the fall of 1976. Has taught all levels Spanish and ESL. From 1979-1981, he served as coordinator for ESL program for the Continuing Education Division, then returned to the Modern Languages Department in 1981 to teach lower-level undergraduate Spanish and ESL. In 1992, he was appointed as an assistant professor with the UTB/TSC partnership and has been teaching bilingual students ever since.
Spanish grammar and orthography.
M.A., Texas A&I University–Kingsville, 1966
B.B., Texas A&I University–Kingsville, 1964
SPAN 2321 & 2322
In addition, he team-teaches History 1302, The United States Since 1867 in Spanish as precursors of the biliteracy mission and Dual Language Certificate offered at UTB/TSC
Published Works, Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore
"Gramática española, El Verbo," fall 2004.
"Ortografía para estudiantes bilingües," spring 2005.