Barbara Kuczun Nelson

Faculty Member (Retired)

Office: Lovejoy 323 [ campus map ]
Box 4687

Phone: 207-859-4687
Fax: 207-859-4405
Mailing Address:
4687 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8846
Nelson, Barbara Kuczun

Areas of Expertise

  • Spanish
  • Multimedia technology and the Internet in college language instruction

Professional Information

Barbara Kuczun Nelson, a graduate of Colby College and Middlebury College, joined the Spanish Department faculty in 1978. An enthusistic teacher and coordinator of the introductory Spanish courses, Barbara's continuing goal is to make the Spanish language and culture come alive for her students. She attends conferences giving presentations and talks to colleagues to help them meet the pedagogical challenges and rewards of multi-media based curriculum. She is committed to bringing a new direction and focus to the introductory and intermediate Spanish courses through the use of multimedia technology and is a passionate Mac user. She has designed and developed an internationally award-winning web site of interactive study modules and activities that is used in over 115 countries. Visit Spanish Grammar Exercises at http:www/ At the recent MERLOT International Conference held in Atlanta, Barbara's study module, Ojal� que llueva caf�, was awarded the highest award of honor for all disciplines, the MERLOT Editors' Choice Award. MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) gave this award for the first time in September, 2002 to recognize and promote outstanding online resources designed to enhance teaching and learning and to honor the authors and developers of these resources for their contributions to the academic community.


Spanish Grammar Exercises

Spanish Grammar Exercises is an online tutorial of interactive learning activities and study modules. The site is a comprehensive compilation of activities that reflect the themes in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (1999). Thus, in addition to activities that have a particular grammar focus, communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities are fully integrated into the material. The site is rich in cultural materials including videos, music, sound files, and pictures that are coordinated with the specific grammatical focus. Students also work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills as they explore the material. Many of the activities include individualized feedback for right and wrong answers, the ability to self correct, and ample opportunities for reflection and writing. The depth and breath of the site makes it possible for the material to be used independently of a text or to complement one.
Web Study Modules

La fiesta de San Ferm�n

Celebrate the festival of San Fermin in Pamplona in a four part story and practice the preterite and the imperfect.

La historia de Juan

Learn about the plight of street kids in Colombia in this song by Juanes, and practice the preterite and imperfect.

�d�nde jugar�n los ni�os?

A guided reading of Man�'s song, t� commands, future tense, present subjunctive, and past participles.

Ojal� que llueva caf�

Listen to a guided reading of Juan Luis Guerra's song, practice the subjunctive, and see a Foto Tour of the DR.

Un viaje al Ecuador

Study the imperfect and preterite tenses in this interactive three part story about two friends in Ecuador.

�Qu� miedo pas�!

Watch a video about a hotel receptionist's horrendous day and practice the preterite and the imperfect.

Novia del campo, amapola

Listen to a poem by Juan Ram�n Jim�nez, practice the future tense, and make predictions.


Listen to a guided reading of the poem Instantes,practice si clauses, the conditional, and add to an online forum.

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In 2002 the MERLOT International Organization awarded Ojal� que llueva caf� with the MERLOT Editors' Choice Award for 'best online teaching in all disciplines.'


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