Hispanic Studies
Department Chair:
Sebastiaan Faber
Peters Hall 404

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5256
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Barbara Sawhill

Barbara Sawhill


Contact Information

Peters Hall 331
(440) 775-8595

Personal Office Hours:
Tuesday, 10:00-1:00 and by appointment.

Barbara Sawhill

Educational Background

  • BA, Bowdoin College, 1981
  • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1988
  • MA, University of Texas, 1990

Barbara has taught a variety of language classes in the Hispanic Studies department, mostly at the second year or intermediate level.  She has taught HISP 205/HISP 303 "Advanced Conversation and Communication in Spanish" since  2004.
Barbara is interested in language pedagogy, language acquisition and technologies that make teaching and learning happen.  
In addition to teaching 2 courses a year with Hispanic Studies, Barbara directs the Cooper International Learning Center at Oberlin.

Barbara also runs the Virtual Language Table Project (you can read more about the VLT here). 

When time allows, she blogs about her work in language learning and technology here:  http://languagelabunleashed.org.  She also is a faculty blogger for the Oberlin blog project.  You can find the blog here:  http://blogs.oberlin.edu/Barbara.shtml

Professional Publications:

“Learning Languages Out in the Open: Creating a Worldwide Community of Learners with Wordpress...and then giving it all away” Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication  Ebook,  to be published Spring 2013

“Special Needs and Usages to be Considered in Designing a Center”, 4th edition of the IALLT Language Center Design Manual, summer 2011

“Beyond Fear 2.0: Social Media, Literacies, and the World Beyond Walls, “New Media Consortium’s 2009 Summer Conference Proceedings, approved for publication Winter 2009-10

“The Changing Role of The Language Teacher/Technologist in a Web 2.0 World: Connected Learning, Meaningful Collaborations, and Reciprocal Apprenticeships in the Foreign Language Classroom,” The IALLT Journal, Fall 2008

“From Knowledge Management to Knowledge Sharing: Language Learning and Technology in a Brave New World” Digital Stream Conference Published Proceedings, University of California-Monterey Bay, February 2008

“How Did A Couple of Veteran Teachers End Up in A Space Like This?: Extraordinary Intersections Between learning, Social Software and Teaching”  The Knowledge Tree E-Journal of Learning Innovation,  Edition 15: Making Ground, November 2007, (http://tinyurl.com/28xhcq)

“Using Skype for Teaching,” Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web Implementing Web 2.0 In The Classroom, A Holistic Approach, (2nd edition) Terry Freedman, editor, Winter 2006/7

“Professional Resources for Language Learning Technology and Media Management,” The IALLT Management Manual, 2003

“Special Needs and Usages to be Considered in Designing a Center”, 3rd edition of the IALLT Language Center Design Kit, 2001