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Dr. Heidy Cuervo Carruthers

Department: Foreign Language and Literature

Country of Origin: Venezuela

Language(s) Spoken Other Than English: Spanish & French

Areas of Research Interest:

  • preparation of language teachers
  • instructional design and technology in language education
  • second language acquisition and language learning theory
  • virtual environments
  • integration of culture and language
  • serious games for language learning
  • Bilingualism / Bilingual Education
  • Latin American contemporary music and cinema

How Long Have You Been in the U.S.? Since 1998

How Long Have You Been at SIUE? Since 2007

What Do You Like Most About SIUE? The campus is beautiful and it is a good-sized university. It is in close proximity to the city.

What Do You Find To Be the Biggest Difference Between the U.S. and Your Home Country? The climate is the biggest difference. Venezuela has a tropical climate, whereas here we have four seasons of different weather.

Interesting Facts:

I did not own a winter coat until I moved to Illinois. I had also never seen snow fall. Also, I love playing sports, with tennis being my favorite.

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