Dennis Bricault

Professor of Spanish/Director of ESL

Dr. Dennis Bricault is passionate about connecting students with opportunities to engage Latino communities in Chicago and around the world. In his classes, Dr. Bricault’s students examine and discuss aspects of cultural differences and larger questions of social justice and faith. “My courses always have a ‘culture contact’ project, which requires students to engage Latino culture in some way off-campus in the city,” he says. He teaches Spanish language at the beginning and intermediate levels, as well as advanced courses in Spanish phonetics, grammar, composition, and lexicology; history, culture, and literature of Spain; and a Keystone 3000 course in languages and cultures for North Park’s core curriculum program.

Dr. Bricault enjoys connecting students with new experiences and perspectives. “Our Modern Language Department opens the door to many multicultural and international opportunities,” he says, citing study-abroad programs such as the University’s long-standing partnership with Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador.

As a Fulbright Core Scholar in Guatemala, Dr. Bricault spent the Fall 2014 semester working in various capacities with teachers of English through the Universidad del Valle and the Ministry of Education.

Dr. Bricault has teaching experience in Spain, Hungary, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, and Guatemala.

Recent Publications

Book review of Words, Meanings and Vocabulary: An Introduction to Modern English Lexicology (Jackson & Zé Amvela). Higher Education Interest Section News (February 2015).

“Legal Bases for Dealing with Academic Dishonesty,” College and University Journal vol 82, # 4 (2007): 15-21.

Academic Dishonesty: Developing and Implementing Institutional Policy. Washington, DC: American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) (2007).

Events/Lectures

“Mastering Your Teaching Skills.” Four-workshop series, Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 2019.

“How Am I Doing?  Teacher Evaluation,” Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2017.

“Before, During, and After: Techniques for Presenting, Practicing, and Assessing Vocabulary in the TEFL Classroom”
June 2016 – V Congreso de Educación, Guatemala City

Faculty Development Workshops on Lexicology and Sociolinguistics
June 2016 – Universidad del Valle, Guatemala City

“Thematic Approaches to Teaching EFL”
August-November 2014 – Ministry of Education/Universidad del Valle, Guatemala
Presentations as part of Fulbright Core Scholar project given in San Marcos, Jalapa, Sololá, Guatemala City, Santa Cruz del Quiché, Chimaltenango, Mazatenango, Escuintla.

“Overview of the American Education System,” Advanced EFL course
Fall 2014 – Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile

Popular Courses

SPAN 1010-1020 Beginning Spanish I-II
SPAN 2010-2020 Intermediate Spanish I-II
SPAN 2040 Spanish Phonetics and Pronunciation
SPAN 3150 Advanced Spanish Grammar & Composition
SPAN 3100 Peninsular Literature & Culture: Middle Ages to the Golden Age
SPAN 3200 Peninsular Literature & Culture: Romanticism & Realism
SPAN 3910 Spanish Lexicology
KEY 3000 Languages and Cultures