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Elizabeth Polli

Professor Elizabeth PolliSpanish Language Program Director

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
6072 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3511

Office: 204B Dartmouth Hall

2013 Fall Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-3:00 pm, or by appointment
Fax: (603) 646-3695

Ph.D. Columbia University

Primary Interests

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Use of literature and art in foreign language teaching
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature
  • Translation


  • Website: Modulos Culturales, a multimedia literacy project designed for first-year Spanish language students at Dartmouth.
  • Video Series: "Entre amigos", a 14 part dialog based video series starring bilingual Dartmouth College students and produced by the Dartmouth Media Production Group. The videos are used in the Spanish 1 and 2 courses at Dartmouth College.



  • Merino, Ana. Cell Mate. Trans. Elizabeth Polli. Vermont: Harbor Mountain Press, 2007.
  • Sergio Chejfec, "Roosters and Bones" a selection. Words Without Borders (, March, 2010.

Additional Information

I have taught both English as a Second Language (in Spain) and Spanish as a Foreign Language (in the US) since 1982. As a life-long language learner myself, I have studied Spanish (of course), French, German, Latin and Italian, I understand the difficulties associated with thinking about and in a foreign language/culture, as well as the situations (both frustrating and hilarious) which can arise when attempting to use a foreign language to communicate effectively in the target country. I thus strive to create a learning environment, which combines formal instruction with lots of practice, and as much as possible, I try to encourage students to engage in communicative situations they are likely to encounter outside of the classroom.

Last Updated: 9/19/13