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SONJA BURROWS is a learning design specialist who partners with teachers, educational leaders, and academic programs to help them achieve professional learning outcomes. Through a hands-on, collaborative approach, Sonja provides guidance, support and leadership in the design, creation and implementation of digital learning spaces and practices. As a language and cultural immersion scholar, Sonja has researched, taught and developed digital language-learning curricula that aspire always to cultivate learner agency, improve the lives and opportunities of those learning languages, and expand learners’ understanding of humanity. She believes that immersive language-learning and the accompanying deepened understanding of ourselves and the world make us better humans.

Sonja earned her Ph.D in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, as well as Master’s degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Oregon and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training. Her fields of expertise and scholarly research aim to bridge the disciplinary gaps between literature and linguistics, and include digital language pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy, Spanish in the U.S., and English-Spanish bilingualism.

More than anything, Sonja is devoted to teaching and learning, both on-ground and in digital environments. While her professional experience is cross-disciplinary in nature, her background, scholarship, and training have revolved around language pedagogy in particular. During the years she lived and taught language overseas and in the US, Sonja refined her pedagogical approach to meet the needs of students, changing instruction in response to the fluid goals and demonstrated proficiencies of learners.

In recent years, Sonja has had the opportunity to bring her expertise in language pedagogy and digital design to her work as an instructional designer at Middlebury College where she partners with faculty, leadership and programs to design, implement, and assess digital learning projects, practices, and spaces. Prior to her work at Middlebury College, Sonja worked in language curriculum design, content management and language assessment at Middlebury Interactive Languages.

Sonja lives in Middlebury, Vermont with her husband and three children.

SONJA BURROWS is a learning design specialist who partners with teachers, educational leaders, and academic programs to help them achieve professional learning outcomes. Through a hands-on, collaborative approach, Sonja provides guidance, support and leadership in the design, creation and implementation of digital learning spaces and practices. As a language and cultural immersion scholar, Sonja has researched, taught and developed digital language-learning curricula that aspires always to cultivate learner agency, improve the lives and opportunities of those learning languages, and expand learners’ understanding of humanity. She believes that immersive language-learning and the accompanying deepened understanding of ourselves and the world makes us better humans.

Sonja earned her Ph.D in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon, as well as Master’s degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Oregon and in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the School for International Training. Her fields of expertise and scholarly research aim to bridge the disciplinary gaps between literature and linguistics, and include digital language pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Heritage Language pedagogy, Spanish in the U.S., and English-Spanish bilingualism.

More than anything, Sonja is devoted to teaching and learning, both on-ground and in digital environments. While her professional experience is cross-disciplinary in nature, her background, scholarship, and training have revolved around language pedagogy in particular. During the years she lived and taught language overseas and in the US, Sonja refined her pedagogical approach to meet the needs of students, changing instruction in response to the fluid goals and demonstrated proficiencies of learners.

In recent years, Sonja has had the opportunity to bring her expertise in language pedagogy and digital design to her work as an instructional designer at Middlebury College where she partners with faculty, leadership and programs to design, implement, and assess digital learning projects, practices, and spaces. Prior to her work at Middlebury College, Sonja worked in language curriculum design, content management and language assessment at Middlebury Interactive Languages.

Sonja lives in Middlebury, Vermont with her husband and three children.

 

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