In the classroom, Professor Hilgartner was energetic and always encouraged class participation, even at 8 in the morning, which to me is a huge accomplishment.
I was in Spanish 221 in the fall of 2017 taught by Professor Hilgartner. As a professor she is organized, as well as, passionate about the material she teaches.
Professor Hilgartner always strived to cultivate meaningful relationships with her students. One of the reasons I chose to come to Elon was because of the emphasis placed on mentoring and meaningful relationships between students and professors. Professor Hilgartner understands the importance of cultivating these relationships with her students. In my time in her class, she was not only concerned with what her students were learning, but also with their wellbeing. On the first day of class she told us that she didn’t want her class to be stressful.
Professor Hilgartner’s commitment to her students along with her knowledge and passion for the subject is one of the reasons I believe she would be an ideal professor at Elon. With most of my professors at Elon after the class has ended I never here from that professor again and if I do it usually is not because they are concerned with me as a person, but rather academics. Professor Hilgartner wants to know about me and how I am doing. Professor Hilgartner is an engaging teacher. She always took the time ensure that her students understood what she was teaching. I had her class at 8am and even when everyone was still sleepy she found a way to engage us and make us talk which is important in a Spanish class that focuses on speaking.
It was a pleasure to be able to have the opportunity to have Professor Hilgartner as my teacher during my first semester at Elon. I came into Elon unsure if I wanted to pursue a minor in Spanish or not, but after class with Professor Hilgartner I was sure that I wanted to continue learning Spanish throughout college and pursue a minor. ~C.M.
If I had not taken her class as my first Spanish class at Elon I do not know if I would still be studying Spanish.
Dr. Lang Hilgartner served as my Spanish (II) professor for one month during the 2018 January Term. During this month, Dr. Lang Hilgartner managed to masterfully conduct a semester-long curriculum in the span of a single, rigorous month. As a teacher candidate myself, I was particularly impressed with her ability to condense the course content, and felt as though her approach gave us a naturally immersive experience, without being overwhelming. Additionally, I admired Dr. Lang Hilgartner’s efforts to stay in constant communication with her students and her commitment to making herself available outside of class. Furthermore, Dr. Lang Hilgartner showed a strong dedication to feedback throughout the course. In addition to her own feedback, she regularly required her students to give each other feedback both in person and digitally via email following our regular presentations and group work.
January of 2018 was a particularly difficult month for Elon students and instructors alike. With more than a few snow days and snow delays, this winter term certainly had it fair share of challenges. Nonetheless, Dr. Lang Hilgartner managed to show remarkable resilience and creativity in the face of the inclement weather. She adapted assignments to be done at home, and even made herself available live through the use of technology. Dr. Lang Hilgartner remained collected and encouraging, and ensured us that we would all be able to master the course content despite the adversity that nature had thrown our way.
Throughout this course, Dr. Lang Hilgartner continuously exhibited character attributes in line will Elon’s dedication to inclusivity and global/intercultural awareness, and managed to foster a classroom environment which encouraged respect and understanding. In nearly every lesson, Dr. Lang Hilgartner made time to incorporate cultural education in addition to the language fluency, and even incorporated this idea into regular production activities.~B.M.
In fact, as a result of Dr. Lang Hilgartner’s course, I now believe that a January term may perhaps be the most effective term to study a language due to its immersive nature.