David Engel, Instructor of Spanish, has been teaching 100 level, 200 level and Independent Study courses at OSU-Cascades since 2015-2016. David is also an adjunct professor of Spanish at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), where he has taught since 2011-2012. He is Co-Founder of Ventanas, LLC, which develops and leads cultural immersion programs in Spain and Portugal. He has provided Spanish instruction and training in Oregon since 2006 with such organizations as Bend-LaPine Schools, Deschutes County, St. Charles Medical Center, Deschutes Public Library, Bend Fire Department, Redmond Fire Department, Sisters Park and Recreation, Jefferson School District, Sunriver Resort, Crook County Library, Crescent Ranger District as well as for private businesses. Since 2016 he has served as the instructional coordinator for COCC’s Summer Spanish Immersion program. He has translated documents for public and private entities.
David earned a Master of Arts in Spanish Language Teaching from Southern Oregon University and Universidad de Guanajuato, a Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Biola University. He completed official studies in Catalan and Outdoor Leadership in Barcelona.
David's interactive teaching approach aims to empower students to develop and advance their communication skills in Spanish and create meaningful connections and opportunities in the local community and the world. His scholarship focuses on the use of literature in the acquisition of Spanish with an emphasis on the short story genre.
David serves on the Associated Faculty Advisory Board of OSU-Cascades and the College Planning and Assessment Team at COCC. In 2017 he received the COCC Faculty Achievement Award as Part Time Instructor of the Year. In 2016 he was a recipient of the Robert G. Mead, Jr. Travel and Research Scholarship. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and has led service projects to Honduras, Mexico, the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and multi-cultural urban settings in California.
Engel, D.M. (2019, October). La historia y la cultura de tapas: un recorrido por el pasado y el presente de España a través de los platos compartidos. Presentation at the bi-annual conference of the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) and the Confederation for Foreign Language Teaching in Oregon (COFLT), Portland, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2019, July). Pasión por la lectura: la incorporación de la literature en la enseñanza de español como lengua extrajera. Presentation at the national conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, San Diego, CA.
Engel, D.M. (2017, October). Creating Immersion Experiences in the Foreign Language Classroom. Presentation at the annual conference of COFLT, Eugene, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2015, October). Using Authentic Texts in the Beginning Level Spanish Class. Presentation at the annual conference of COFLT, Portland, OR.
Engel, D.M. (2006, January). La explotación de dinámicas y otras actividades en la naturaleza. Presentation at the international conference of LATINA, Quito, Ecuador.