Dr. Alicia de la Torre Falzon is Professor of Spanish at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) - Annandale Campus. She holds a Bachelors from Catholic University, a Masters from American University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American Literature from The George Washington University. In 1992, while she taught at American University, she received a NEH scholarship to study in Mexico. Dr. Falzon has been teaching Spanish since 1983. She also serves on numerous faculty committees at NOVA.
At NOVA, Dr. Falzon teaches all levels of Spanish including Spanish for Health and Spanish Honors courses. Dr. Falzon served as Assistant Division Chair for Foreign Languages from 1996 through 1999 and the 2006 academic years. She was nominated for the outstanding teacher award by her students in 1998. The Student Government Association (SGA) also recognized her as the recipient of the SGA Award, Education Service, 1997, 1999, 2000.
In summer 1999, Dr. Falzon conducted a Spanish immersion program in Valencia, Spain in conjunction with the Institute for Spanish Studies. The students attended classes daily for three weeks and they lived with local families. Currently, she coordinates the Study Abroad program to Mexico.
During the 1997 and 1998 academic years, Dr. Falzon chaired the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Foreign Language Peer Group which was charged with developing recommendations for a statewide use of technology for the teaching of foreign languages. Dr. Falzon put on a conference for foreign language professionals in 1998 dealing with distance learning issues, the virtual learning classroom and the use of technology to bring foreign language instruction to students in remote locations. Dr. Falzon received several grants from VCCS and developed the Annandale Foreign Language web site linking students and foreign language professionals throughout the state. Additional information may be obtained at these sites: Languages and Literature Division and the Virtual Foreign Language Classroom Spanish site. She is also involved in her professional association, the Modern Language Association (MLA) where she has served as a delegate and has chaired the MLA Committee on Community Colleges.
Dr. Falzon initiated a Dual Enrollment program for High School students in Northern Virginia. She has developed and teaches a Functional Spanish course to NOVA employees introducing then to culture and language skills. Dr. Falzon is frequently a guest speaker before civic and community groups as a member of the NOVA Speakers Bureau.