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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Catherine M. Nock

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Assistant Teaching Professor


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Spanish Language Literature and Culture

334 HB Crouse Hall

Teaching Interests

Catherine Nock teaches Spanish and is the Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator at Syracuse University. Her interests include curriculum development, teacher training, communicative classroom design and the use of technology in language learning. She has taught SPA 101,102, 201, 202, as well as SPA 301 (Approaches to Reading Texts) and SPA 200 (Spanish Immersion). Two of her teaching goals are to design activities to increase oral proficiency in the interactive classroom, and to encourage cultural literacy through film, music and texts. Her areas of interest include second language acquisition, Spanish and Latin American cinema, translation, and creating opportunities for students to use Spanish in real-world contexts.


SPA 101, 102, 201 Introductory and Intermediate language

SPA 200 Spanish Immersion

SPA 202 Spanish IV - focuses on grammar, composition and 20th century short story

FRE 102 French II Introductory language

SPA 301 Approaches to Reading Texts - introduces the student to literary genres: short story, essays, drama, novels and poetry

HNR 100 Honors Orientation Seminar


  • Master of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Culture, Binghamton University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Binghamton University
  • Additional coursework: French Language, Translation and Culture


  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish Language, Literature and Culture, 2015-present
  • French Language Coordinator 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Assistant Spanish Language Coordinator 1998-present


"Inclusive Teaching – Making your Students More Successful" (chair of organizing committee), with Marth Diede, November 2018

"Working with Google Docs" (co-organizer),with Elizabeth Juarez-Cummings, November 2018

"Hands-on Activities for the Second Language Classroom"; "Lesson-planning for Beginners"; "Practical Uses for Technology in the Communicative Classroom" (co-organizer; co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton), Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August 2018

LLL Language Instruction Committee Professional Development Series (chair of organizing committee, 2018):

  • "Translanguaging in University-level Second (and Foreign) Language Instruction", with Robert Lally and Amanda Brown, April 2018
  • "Vocabulary Teaching and Testing" Denis Samburskiy, Mona Eikel-Pohen, Lin Guo, February 2018

"Oral Communication: Form, Methods, Assessments", (co-organizer, presenter),with Mona Eikel-Pohen, Denis Samburskiy, Elizabeth Voss, Emily Grenz, March 2017

"Fostering Communication in the Classroom, and the use of Integrated Performance Assessments" (organizer), with Cristina Sparks-Early, September 2017

"Lesson planning – Developing Workable Plans for Your First Week" (presenter) Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August 2017

"Preparing for Micro-teaching" (presenter), Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, Syracuse University, August, 2017

"New Tools, New Lessons" (organizer, presenter, with Kathryn Clinton, Socorro Koseki, Magdelin Montenegro), Syracuse University, November, 2016

"Some Considerations for Teaching in Today's Language Classroom" (presenter) FLT Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Orientation Seminar, August 2016

"The Student-Centered Classroom", (co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton) Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation Workshop, August 2016

"Technology in Language Teaching", (panelist) Interact Language Center, June 2016

"Using Expressions (Wordpress) in the Intermediate Language Course" (presenter) LLL Teaching Technology Showcase, September 2014, Syracuse University

"Creating the Classroom Community: Some considerations for language instructors" (presenter) FLT Fulbright Orientation August 2014, Syracuse University

"Teaching L2 Reading and Writing" Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation, (presenter) August 2014, Syracuse University

"Spanish Immersion Results: Creating and teaching a pilot course", (co-presenter with Kathryn Clinton) Fall 2013, LLL, Syracuse University

"How to Survive Writing Your Thesis in English: Suggestions for improving your results and avoiding common problems", August 2013, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

"Al Otro Lado: Resources and ideas for presenting US-Mexico border issues in the Spanish language class": fall 2012, New York City for Syracuse University Project Advance teachers' conference; and spring 2013 SUPA teachers' conference in Syracuse, NY

"Why the classroom physical environment matters, and what we can do with it" (presenter), LLL Showcase, Syracuse University, spring 2012

"Teaching Considerations for New Faculty - Designing and teaching the undergraduate course" (panelist) Meredith Professors panel discussion for new faculty, August 2012


  • Renee Crown Honors Program: faculty, capstone reader, HNR 100 instructor
  • Fulbright Fellowship campus evaluation committee
  • SITETL: Technology Institute for faculty
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL), member
  • Modern Language Association (MLA), member
  • Language Educators of Central New York (LECNY), member
  • Brigadistas y Parteras public health network in Villanueva, Nicaragua: volunteer interpreter (St Lucy’s Church)
  • La Cercle Français, member
  • Meredith Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012, Syracuse University
  • Language and Spirit Award, 2015, LLL, Syracuse University
  • Gerlinde Ulm Sanford Award, 2016, LLL, Syracuse University
  • Office of Disabilities Services “Certificate of Recognition”, 2015, Syracuse University