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Willard Heller

Adjunct Lecturer of Spanish and Student Teacher Supervisor
Welles 3A

Willard Heller has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2001

Office Hours - Spring 2021

Tuesday - Thursday 11:15-12:00 and by appointment

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.S. Ed., Elementary Education, SUNY Geneseo, 1983

  • B.SEd., SUNY College at Buffalo, 1977.


  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL)

  • Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Forgein Language (NECTFL)

  • New York Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT)

  • Western New York Foreign Language Educators Council (WNYFLEC)


  • "Cultural Perspective in the Language Classroom: Providing A Meaningful Context for Communication" with Jean LeLoup (SUNY Cortland) and Robert Ponterio (SUNY Cordland) NYSAFLT Journal, Winter, 2010, Vol. 61. No. 3, pp 11-36

  • "In Praise of the NYS LOTE Proficiency Exam" NYSAFLT Journal, Fall, 2005, Vol. 56, No. 3 , pp 19-20.

  • "Languages Other Than English and Middle School Education: A Perfect Match." NYSAFLT Journal, Fall 2003, Vol. 54, No. 3, pp 2-4.

  • "The Impact of Certification Changes for K-12 LOTE Instruction." NYSAFLT Journal, Spring 2002, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp 20-21.

  • "Developing a Standards-based Local Curriculum Guide" in Willard Heller, Ed. From ABC to PhD ~ Foreign Language Proficiency for All. NYSAFLT Annual Meeting Series, No. 17, 2000

  • "Creating a Culture Curriculum." in Anita J. Vogely, Ed. Foreign Languages On the Threshold of Tomorrow. NYSAFLT Annual Meeting Series, No. 16, 1999: pp 39-46

  • "Integrating Technology in the Language Classroom: A Common-Sense Approach." in En Español 1 - Teacher's Edition. Evanston, IL: McDougal-Littell, 2000. pp T56-T58.

More About Me

Research Interests

  • LOTE curriculum design
  • Teaching culture
  • Technology integration

Other Interests

  • Independent Catholic rites
  • Residents summer camping for childres: 4-H and YMCA
  • Progressive politics and advocacy
  • LGBTQ advocacy


  • INTD 302: Meth&Matl-Sec Ed:For Lang

    This course is designed to assist in the pedagogy and methodologies for teacher preparation. This is a subtitled course. Please see the Undergraduate Bulletin for course description for individual subtitle areas.

  • INTD 311: FieldExp:Foreign LangBlock III

    Meets the 37.5 clinical hour requirement for Block III Adolescence Education teacher candidates of French and Spanish. Students will observe a local master teacher and design and implement lessons and learning materials to meet diverse learner needs in classes observed. Students will reflect on their observations and experiences. Co-requisite: INTD 302. Credits: 1(0-2) Offered in Spring

  • SPAN 320: Workshop in Spanish

    This course helps students acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary to conduct communicative lessons within Spanish-language cultures. Students explore topics of interest to middle and high school students, review and practice grammatical structures necessary to conduct class in Spanish and present two peer micro-teach lessons. Content and skills required for success on the Spanish CST and oral OPI provide a secondary focus of this course. Preerequisites: SPAN 301 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring