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Michael Woods

CEN 449B

Professional Biography

Michael Woods is an Instructor of Spanish and a Certified Healthcare Interpreter™ (CCHI). He holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Hispanic/Latino Studies from Oregon State University and completed doctoral coursework in Hispanic linguistics at the University of New Mexico. He is interested in the sociology of language, language attitudes/ideologies, language maintenance and loss, language acquisition, and bilingualism & belonging. He has taught college-level courses for more than 15 years and has freelanced as a healthcare interpreter since 2017. He also recently completed a Professional Certificate in Translation & Interpretation. Prior to teaching and interpreting, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras from 2005 to 2007, which laid the groundwork for his career in language instruction and language access. 

Michael Woods is on sabbatical during Spring 2024, studying language access and healthcare among Spanish and/or Mam Speakers in Lane County, Oregon.