Nieves Pérez Knapp

Associate Teaching Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

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Teaching Experience

Teaching at BYU is a privilege and a passion for Dr. Knapp. She works with Spanish Teaching majors and minors, supervises SPAN 205, 206 and the 4 levels of conversation courses, and teaches other language and methodology classes. She has received the following teaching awards:
Utah Higher Education – Teacher of the Year Award – from the Utah Foreign Language Association, 2016
Brigham Young University College of Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013


Dr. Knapp’s areas of interest include intercultural communication, language teaching methodology, and materials development for teaching and assessing language proficiency, specially in Spanish.

Selected Publications

Dr. Knapp has co-authored two textbooks:

  • Perspectivas: Português para falantes de espanhol. Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Learning and 2nd edition BYU Print Services. [Co-authored with Blair Bateman (Brigham Young University), Marilena Mattos (University of Minnesota) and Marcus Brasileiro (Utah State University)]
  •  Mastering Spanish through global debate (under review by Georgetown University Press). [Co-authored with Krishauna Hines-Gaither (Guilford College) and Morella Ruscitti (Penn State University)]
    She has also co-authored several articles.


She serves the profession by organizing workshops for language teachers, presenting at professional conferences at the state and national levels, and by directing the BYU Summer Institute for Spanish Teachers. She is also the director of “Españolandia”, the simulation of a Spanish-speaking country. This is part of BYU’s Foreign Language Fair, in which thousands of secondary-school students from all across the state compete in different language events and enjoy a language-immersion experience.

Citizenship assignments

Dr. Knapp serves the University, the College of Humanities, and her department department through her work in several committees. She is also involved at the international level in the AP Spanish exam grading leadership, and collaborates with other national assessment projects, such as the Praxis and ACTFL proficiency tests.
In 2020, she received the “Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Award” in Outstanding achievement in fulfilling professional faculty responsibilities from BYU.

Office Hours:
TTh 3:00-4:00 p.m. and W 12:00-1:00 p.m.
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