Deborah Brooks

Faculty Profiles

Deborah Brooks

Deborah Brooks

Modern Languages
153 N. Regina Hall


“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
—Nelson Mandela

I have spent my 30+ years  in education teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and college levels. I also was the K-12 Coordinator for English Language  Learners for a public school district in Michigan for three years. I have an intense interest in second language learning theory and practice. I also enjoy working with student teachers in a second language field, whether it be ESL or world language teaching.


I have bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish, political science, and education from Michigan State University. I also studied abroad as an undergrad at the Universidad de Valencia in Spain where I took courses in Spanish literature, language, and culture. I received certification in Teaching English as a New (Second) Language in a graduate program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Areas of Expertise 

  • Second Language Acquisition

Research Interests 

  • Teaching culture using simulations

Courses Recently Taught 

  • Spanish 101,102
  • Educ 222
  • Educ 325, 425

Professional Experience 

  • Teacher of Spanish, French, and political science; K -12  ESL coordinator: New Buffalo Area Schools, New Buffalo, Michigan
  • Spanish instructor; Spanish course coordinator, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan
  • Faculty; English language school, Saint Mary’s College.
  • Part time faculty; modern languages and education departments, Saint Mary’s College

Creative and Scholarly Work 

 "Using Simulations to Teach Culture in the Spanish Classroom"  Hispañia 19(4), pages 858-859 December 1996


  • Region IV Michigan Teacher of the Year 1993-94
  • Finalist State of Michigan Teacher of the Year  1993-94