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Sylvia Zetterstrand

  • Spanish and Portuguese
Position: Associate Director of Spanish Language Program
Title: Lecturer/Associate Director, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
  • Spanish Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Office: 332 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-4510
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 3:00-4:00pm or by appointment

Sylvia Zetterstrand (Ph.D. Linguistics, Harvard University) has been working at Princeton since 2011. She was appointed Associate Director of the Spanish Language Program in Fall 2012.

Before coming to Princeton, she taught Spanish language and culture course courses at Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, and the College of William & Mary. At Harvard, she was nominated for the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and was the 2008 recipient of the Carmen S. Bonanno Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Foreign Language.

Although Prof. Zetterstrand’s dissertation is on theoretical phonology, she has geared her professional and academic career towards the fields of Foreign Language Pedagogy and Translation. Her approach to teaching is multidisciplinary, and draws on Humanistic, Socioconstructivist and Cognitive Psychology principles.

Prof. Zetterstrand is certified as a judiciary interpreter by the U.S. Federal Government and has worked extensively in the interpreting field. She has been a scorer for the two national court-interpreting examinations, taught numerous workshops for interpreters, and acted as Chair of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Publications Committee.

At Princeton, Prof.   Zetterstrand has taught courses at the 100, 200, and 300 levels, which includes teaching Spanish Culture and Art (SPA310S) in the Princeton in Spain Summer Program. This academic year she will be Head of Course of the Beginners Spanish sequence (SPA101-102) and teach Introduction to Spanish-English Translation (SPA210). She will continue to be a Fellow at Mathey College, where she advises students on language courses and hosts a weekly language table.

Prof. Zetterstrand’s most recent academic project has been developing the Department’s new translation course, Introduction to Spanish-English Translation. The course tasks and activities follow an an interactive, student-centered approach.