Ashland University and the United States Air Force Academy have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will allow Spanish professors from the two institutions to engage in a linguistic study.
Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, professor of Spanish at Ashland University, and
Dr. Jean LeLoup, professor of Spanish at the U.S. Air Force Academy, will work
together on a study titled “Register and forms of address in Costa Rican
Spanish: Sociolinguistic realities and pedagogical implications.”
The two-phase project will involve the interviewing of students in Costa Rica
and a questionnaire being sent to U.S. students of Spanish.
“The goals of the research are to provide a comprehensive explanation of the
current usage of ‘you’ in Costa Rica as well as suggestions for Spanish
curriculum in the U.S.,” Schmidt-Rinehart said.
Drs. Schmidt-Rinehart and LeLoup have worked together for a number of years on
different projects and teaching endeavors. They have co-instructed summer
graduate courses in Mexico, Venezuela and Costa Rica.
The results of their most recent research project will be published this year
under the title, “The Effectiveness of Courses Abroad as a Professional
Development Model for Foreign Language Teachers.”