Erik Helin

Erik Helin

Special Lecturer, Spanish

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Erik Helin is a Spanish instructor who teaches and coordinates elementary, intermediate, and advanced Spanish courses. At Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, he has also taught "Tutoring for Community Outreach" and "The Hispanic World: History, Cultures, and Globalization". Helin has taken students on several cultural and academic trips to Spain. Prior to joining CMU-Q, he taught Spanish at University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in his homeland of Sweden. Helin has also worked in translation and interpretation as both translator and project manager.


Certificate, Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Dalarna University, Sweden

Master's degree, Language (Spanish) and International Trade, Eastern Michigan University 

B.A., Travel and Tourism, minor in Spanish, Eastern Michigan University

Area Of Expertise

Spanish, language learning, history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world

University Service

Organized multiple trips to Spain (cultural and academic in nature)

Active ARB (Academic Review Board) faculty member

Participated in faculty search committee

Professional Activities

February 12, 2016 (NECTFL – Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)

Presented: “Developing Intercultural Competence Among Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students”

Member of the following professional organizations:

  • ACTFL: American Consortium for the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • AAAL: American Association of Applied Linguistics
  • NECTFL: Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Courses Taught

Tutoring for Community Outreach (course on language learning) (82-281)

Advanced Spanish: The Hispanic World through Film (82-355)

Advanced Spanish: Social and Political Aspects of Exile and Migration 

The Hispanic World: History, Cultures, and Globalization (82-247)

Intermediate Spanish I (82-241)

Intermediate Spanish II (82-242)

Elementary Spanish I (82-141)

Elementary Spanish II (82-142)