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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

Liv Halaas Detwiler

Liv Halaas Detwiler 

Spanish Coordinator
Senior Lecturer, Spanish
423-439-4252 /
214D Gilbreath Hall

Liv H. Detwiler has been a part of the faculty at ETSU since 2011. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she spent 4 years teaching high school Spanish in Massachusetts before receiving her master’s degree in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, where she focused her studies in Second Language Acquisition, Dialectology and Syntax. Liv credits the majority of her passion for Spanish and skills in teaching to her long-time involvement with the Concordia Language Villages, a world-renowned language immersion program for youth ages 2-18, where she served as teacher, both locally and abroad, and eventually a Spanish-site director. She is invested in the power of experiential learning and works to bring her students out into the community and the community into the classroom. She has served as Spanish program coordinator since 2017 and advises all students who are newly interested in the Spanish minors or major. She is also currently serving as the College of Arts and Sciences representative to the Clemmer College of Education, and thoroughly enjoys teaching both undergrads and MAT students "Teaching Foreign Language in Secondary Schools," a Residency I course for Clemmer. She is also a certified medical interpreter. In addition to gardening and spending time with her family, she enjoys attempting to immerse herself in the East Tennessee culture by learning to play the old-time fiddle.

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