Delia Méndez Montesinos


Full Name

Delia Méndez Montesinos

Professional Title

Senior Lecturer

School or Place of Work

University of Texas at Austin

What Level Do You Teach?

Introductory and Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Learners

Approx. Percentage of Heritage Spanish Students at Your Institution


How Has Spanish Played a Role in Your Personal and Professional Life?

I grew up on the Brownsville-Matamoros border. I only spoke Spanish until I entered first-grade. Although I quickly learned the language, I was fortunate in having my parents insist on our only speaking Spanish at home and in their providing us with books to read in Spanish. In college I was a natural science major; however, I wanted to study abroad and had two choices at that time: Germany or Spain. Needless to say, I chose the latter. I met my husband there, eventually married and lived in Spain for about 17 years. In 1981 my family returned to the States and I got a job teaching Spanish. Later I began to teach AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature. As a result of teaching the latter, I decided to get a PhD, which I did once my youngest daughter finished her undergraduate studies. In the Spanish Department at UT I supervised the first-semester course and was General Language Program Coordinator. Two years when I stepped down as coordinator, I was asked to redesign our Spanish heritage-language track. It’s been a lot of work, but so very rewarding!

How Long Have You Been Teaching?

Seems like forever, but I was a stat-at-home mom so it's been about 25.

More About Me

I love to read. Thought I would never like Kindles, etc., but I must admit, I love them. Nonetheless I still glance longingly at them in bookstores and when people are reading them. One of my favorite things: walk through the book stacks at PCL or Benson Libraries.

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