Sarah Frisbie Steele

PhD Spanish Program


Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Samford University in 2012 with a BA in Spanish. During her time at Samford, she served as the Spanish Club President, received the Juan Manuel Sampere Samford in Spain scholarship, and earned the World Languages and Cultures Award in Spanish and Portuguese for the 2011-2012 academic year. After completing a summer internship with the Samford in Spain program in 2012, Sarah began working toward an MAEd in Spanish and ESL at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which she completed in December of 2014. At UAB she was recognized as the Outstanding ESL Masters Student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the 2014-2015 academic year. She then began teaching as an ESL Educator and a Spanish Instructor at Samford University. She is a second year PhD student in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Alabama and teaches Spanish as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.


MAEd, Spanish and ESL, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

BA, Spanish, Samford University

Teaching Interests

The University of Alabama:

  • SP 101 – Introductory Spanish I
  • SP 102 – Introductory Spanish II
  • SP 103 – Intensive Review Introductory Spanish

Samford University:

  • SP 101 – Introductory Spanish I
  • SP 102 – Introductory Spanish II
  • English Basics for Beginners
  • English Basics for Intermediate
  • Vocabulary and Pronunciation for Professionals
  • Level IV Grammar: Advanced Grammar
  • Level IV Reading: Advanced Reading

Research Interests

anthropological linguistics, language contact, language ideologies, and language ecology