"I am interested in the second language acquisition phenomena. That is, how do people learn a language other than their mother tongue(s)? In particular, I investigate how adults learn the morphology and syntax (i.e., grammar) of a second language in the classroom. Therefore, my research focuses on testing the effectiveness of language teaching techniques, particularly those that aim at facilitating grammar acquisition. Also, I am interested in materials development, both traditional (e.g., textbooks) and computer-assisted (e.g., podcasts). Based on these interests, when I teach Spanish, I always ask myself this question: How can my teaching facilitate the students' processes of language acquisition?"
Years at Knox: 2010 to present
Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition, 2005, University of Illinois-Chicago.
M.A., Spanish Linguistics, 2000, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
B.S., Biology, 1994, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Mexico City.
Spanish language, hispanic cultures, advanced grammar, linguistics, Spanish phonetics and phonology, second language acquisition, foreign language teaching methods.
"Approaches to grammar instruction in teaching materials: A study in current L2-beginning-level Spanish textbooks." Hispania 94.1 (2011): 155-170.
"Four L2 learning objectives to guide podcast design." In Podcasting and Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Applications and Outcomes. Edited by Facer, R. & Abdous, M., Hershey, New York: Global, 2011.
"Re-examining the role of explicit information in processing instruction." Studies in Second Language Acquisition 30 (2008): 277-305.
"Persistence in foreign language study: An investigation on learners' beliefs." In AAUSC 2007 Volume From Thought to Action: Exploring Beliefs and Outcomes in the Foreign Language Program, edited by J. Siskin, 135-154. Boston: Thompson Heinle, 2008.
"The role of interaction in input enhancement." Coauthored with Williams, J. In Assessing the impact of input enhancement in Second Language Education, edited by C. Gascoigne, 107-127. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2005.
"Linguistic competence of Spanish heritage learners: What does the research suggest?" The role of language, literature, and culture in the teaching of Mexicans in the US and Mexico; Roundtable, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2012.
"Técnicas de enseñanza basadas en input para la adquisición de la gramática en la sala de clase." Workshop. Primer Congreso Internacional en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas. Madrid, España, 2012.
"Four learning objectives to guide podcast design." Computed-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011.
"Processing Instruction and transfer-of-training effects: A quantitative and qualitative study in the acquisition of two Spanish forms." American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), Chicago, Illinois, 2011.
"Improving oral language development through constructive repetition tasks in the classroom." Let's talk: methods for teaching/improving conversation in the second language, Roundtable, Northeastern Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Quebec, Montreal, 2010.
"Approaches to grammar instruction in Spanish textbooks." American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2009.
"Podcast production to enhance language learning and complement teaching materials." American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Orlando, Florida, 2008.
"The use of podcasts to integrate language and culture in L2 teaching." Culture and Language across the Curriculum (CLAC) conference, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2008.
"Intention to continue or to not continue FL study: An investigation on learners' beliefs." International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA) International Conference, Essen, Germany, 2008.
"Exploring focus on form approaches in teaching materials: A study on current L2 Spanish textbooks." Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) Annual Conference, Urbana, Illinois, 2007.
Campus & Community Involvement
On-site Director, Barcelona Program, 2012-2013.