Sylvia Zetterstrand

Associate Director of Spanish Language Program
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Office Location: 
332 East Pyne
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Also by appointment


Sylvia Zetterstrand (Ph.D. in Linguistics, Harvard University) has been working at Princeton since 2011. She was appointed Associate Director of the Spanish Language Program in Fall 2012.

Before coming to Princeton, she taught Spanish language and culture course courses at Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, and the College of William & Mary. At Harvard, she was nominated for the Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and was the 2008 recipient of the Carmen S. Bonanno Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Foreign Language.

Although Prof. Zetterstrand’s dissertation is on theoretical phonology, she has geared her professional and academic career towards the fields of Foreign Language Pedagogy and Translation. Her approach to teaching is multidisciplinary, and draws on Humanistic, Socioconstructivist and Cognitive Psychology principles.

Prof. Zetterstrand is certified as a judiciary interpreter by the U.S. Federal Government and has worked extensively in the interpreting field. She is a rater trainer and scorer of the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (FCICE), has taught numerous workshops for interpreters, and acted as chair of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators Publications Committee.

Prof. Zetterstrand’s most recent academic project has been collaborating in the development of the Aprendo platform and, in particular, in the design and creation of materials for SPA107, an intermediate-level course centered on the US Hispanic population.

Areas: Linguistics, Spanish Language and Culture, Translation and Interpretation