Victor M. Prieto, Ph.D.

Headshot Faculty Victor Prieto

Professor of Linguistics, TESOL, and Spanish
Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages & Linguistics
Department: Modern Language and Linguistics
Location: Tigerville, SC

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Cor. 15:58
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Linguistics, TESOL, and Spanish. I also secondarily teach Theology & basic Music.


    B.S. Education,  Carabobo State Univ. (Venezuela)
    B.Th., Baptist Theological Seminary (Venezuela)
    M.A. Linguistics & TESOL,  University of Florida
    Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Florida
    MCM, North Greenville University

  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes 4 years as a language teacher & language teacher trainer in language schools in Venezuela.
    I also have 23 years of college teaching experience in the USA

  • Articles Published

    “Your Language Matters” (book) (potentially forthcoming, 2021. By Global Publishing Services; SIL).

    “The Semantics of Evaluative Morphology” in the Handbook of Evaluative Morphology. Grandi & Kortvelyessy, eds. (book chapter). (2015). Edinburgh Univ. Press.

  • Awards Received

    2020 – Recipient of “Dr Hildegard Rissel” Scholarship, to present a research paper at the XXVI CILH virtual conference.
    2004 – Teaching Award Nominee, nominated by the Linguistics Dept. (UF)
    2000, 2004 – Travel grants (from Sun-Shine State TESOL, & University of Florida)
    2002 – International Honorary for Leaders in Univ. Apartment Communities award
    1999 – Scholarship from my country Venezuela for graduate studies in the USA 1999


  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes: 

    Dr. Jim Goodroe, former DOM of the Spartanburg Network. South Carolina.
    Eduar Giraldo, used car dealer owner, in Florida. Regional VP of FIADA (Florida Independent Automobile dealers Assoc.)

  • My Story

    Coming from a dysfunctional family from a 3rd world country, and the son of an alcoholic father (now deceased), there might have not been much hope for me. However, in the grace of God, He led me thru my problematic childhood (including serious asthma problems, on top of it all), and He allowed me to continue studying. I loved reading, studying, learning, going to school, unlike many others my age, including my siblings. I started learning languages since I was little (including sign language and English, apart from my native Spanish). I also loved math and reading. I learned so much. And the greatest thing happened when I was 12: I met HIM!! Then I met Monica, who I married in 1996, and a son, Victor Jr, came to us when we moved to the USA in 1998. AnD NOW God has me here in the USA, as an Associate Pastor, Worship leader, church leader, college professor, and Chair of the languages Dept at NGU. Only God can do this! To HIM, and just to HIM, be the Glory.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    I love teaching linguistics, especially topics as syntax and morphology. These nuances of language structuring are mind-boggling. It shows me that there has to be a God behind language creation. But honestly, hard to pick. I loved teaching TESOL, Spanish, and Bible, and music, and sports!

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