professor
Margarita Borras

Jan 2003

Mrs. Borras is such a cool teacher! I always looked forward to her class. Now, it's a conversation class, with very little work, so that may have something to do with it, but that changes not my opinion on the said teacher. Mrs. Borras is from some island in Spain, and from the (very) few occasions on which I heard her speak English,I judge that she is much better at Spanish than English. But that works out very well for this sort of class. Spanish is not taught in terms of English so much as an independent entity, which after all it is. In this class I came closest to actually formulating my thoughts in Spanish rather than translating them in my head. Mrs. Borras knows well what students want out of a conversation class. The chairs are arranged circularly and all that. She also would encourage us to select our own conversation topics. When a student made a presentation, often we'd spend the rest of the day discussing his or her topic. Mrs. Borras teaches many of the colloquialisms you may not have learned in high school. These of course are different all over the world, but many students had travelled and could fill us in on Spanish vulgarities' Central or South American counterparts. She never speaks too slowly, and only on occasion too fast. But you will be amazed at how well you understand her even in over-speedy bursts. Of all my teachers last semester, I felt I knew her as a person the best (that includes the teachers of my 'discussion' core classes). She is really cool. Any one who wants to bone up on speaking Spanish, but has had only high school practice in it and has not visited another country should take her class.