My name is Ben Schilaty and I entered SLAT in Fall 2012. I have a BA in Latin American Studies and an MA in Hispanic Linguistics, both from Brigham Young University. I have taught Spanish for the last six years at the middle school, high school, and college levels. I learned Spanish while living abroad in Mexico and have also spent time living in Bolivia and Portugal. I spent a year living in Ciudad Juarez on the US-Mexico border which got me interested in language contact and what the locals call “Spanglish.” My other interests include learner motivation and teaching Portuguese to Spanish speakers and Spanish to Portuguese speakers. I love puns and my dream job would be to work as a tour guide on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland.