Ms. Gabriella Motta-Passajou

Language(s) taught:Spanish

Spanish and French: Beginner II, Intermediate I and II and Conversational
Capoeira (Brazilian martial art)

Degrees/Certifications:MA, Romance Languages, Spanish (2003) Appalachian State University
MA, English (1993) Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
Academic achievement:Gabrielle Motta-Passajou teaches language courses in the Departments of Spanish and French. She also teaches capoeira classes in Watauga Global Community. She directs an annual event each April at Appalachian called Festa do Brasil, which features mestres of capoeira and other treasures of Brazilian culture; she also teaches capoeira workshops throughout the state. She also translates English and Portuguese articles into French for and 

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Every fall the department co-hosts the Latin American Film Series. An event open to students, faculty and the public in general. Admission is free. Schedule information of the films is posted on the first week of August.


DLLC Department Chair 
Dr. James Fogelquist 
520 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3096 

DLLC Assistant Chair
Dr. Catherine Fountain
529 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-2308 

DLLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Cindy Trivette
521 Sanford Hall
(828) 262-3095 

UNC World Language Exchange

The World Language exchange was created in 2013 to manage the sharing of less commonly taught languages across the UNC system. This exchange offers access to a variety of languages such as Persian, Cherokee and Ancient Greek as well as courses that explore culture.

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