While my teaching interests over the past several years have coalesced around the themes of international-, global-, intercultural-, and reconciliation-communication, there is a glaring obstacle to my pursuit of these themes in my research, as well as a gaping hope in my credibility as a global scholar. Despite extensive international travel in my life experience and study, I am embarrassed to admit that I have no second language fluency. Although I teach about language and intercultural communication, how language influences worldview and perception, and how language is the window to cultural understanding, I have never immersed myself in a single language culture with sufficient depth to achieve even minimal linguistic competency; as a result, my window into new cultures is obscured. A GLCA New Directions grant would provide me with the tools to prepare me to study in South America during my sabbatical. I am seeking GLCA NDI funding for the summer of 2014 to engage in a Spanish language and culture immersion experience.