I'm a Spanish applied linguist who researches language and identity, second and heritage language development and education, and critical pedagogies. In general, my research explores the following questions: (1) How do the identities of heritage speakers and additional language learners influence their Spanish learning? In turn, how does the act of learning a language across different contexts (e.g., classroom, study abroad, community-engaged learning) influence their identities, attitudes, and perceptions? (2) What does it mean to be 'proficient' in another language? What contributes to language learners sounding more or less 'fluent'? (3) What ideologies are reproduced in Spanish language pedagogy in the U.S.? What are counter pedagogical and curricular approaches?
study abroad, identity, second language acquisition, applied linguistics, Spanish heritage language, critical language pedagogy
SPAN 3050 - Spanish Phonology and Phonetics
Designed to teach some of the methods, techniques, and tools of descriptive linguistics as they apply to articulatory phonetics. Students analyze important contrasts between sounds of Spanish and English bymeans of phonetic transcription.
SPAN 3150 - Linguistic Analysis of Spanish
Introduces students to fundamental areas of linguistic analysis with special attention paid to Spanish (and Portuguese). The structural systems of language will be introduced (principles of sound patterns, word formation, meaning, and sentence structure). Different types of language variation will be discussed (historical, social, regional).