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Gilberta Turner is a native of Spain where she was involved in the teaching of languages (Spanish, French and English) as a volunteer in the American schools of Spain, Italy, and Germany from 1985 to 1997. She has been teaching at UTSA for ten years, five as a Teaching Assistant and the last five as Lecturer. She teaches Elementary Spanish I and II but has also taught Hispanic literature and oral communication.  In 2010 she created a new course never before offered at UTSA, Zarzuela (Spanish operetta).  In 1980 she independently published her book of poems in Spanish and English, My thoughts.

She is a member of the Spanish Cultural and Historical Society and docents at the Spanish Governor’s Palace of San Antonio.  She believes that the study of languages should be more than grammar so she includes folklore in her teaching as part of what she calls “cultural moments.”

Her teaching goes further than languages.  She also teaches crochet at the Northeast Independent School District of San Antonio.

She believes in voluntarism thus she is involved with several organizations of the community  volunteering in different capacities.  She is often invited to give presentations about her native Spanish folklore.


  • 2003. BA in Spanish.  University of Texas at San Antonio, Summa Cum Laude
  • 2004.  Associate of Arts in Italian, University of Maryland University College
  • 2007.  MA in Spanish, University of Texas at San Antonio

Recent Courses

  • SPN 1024 - Elementary Spanish II
  • SPN 4003 - Advanced Language Skills:Oral
  • SPN 3033 - Oral Communication Skills


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