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Department Chair, Professor of Spanish, Professor
World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise 
Second Language Acquisition, Language Pedagogy and Assessment, Applied Spanish Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Planning, Phonology, Romance Phonology and Dialectology
Courses Taught 
SPAN 413 Spanish Dialectology
SPAN 315 Applied Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 301 Avanced Spanish Grammar
Research Interests 
Heritage Learning and heritage learners’ strategies Strategic Interaction scenarios as pre-reading and post-reading activities Assessing reading comprehension through text completion tasks Using introspection and verbal reporting to monitor L2 reading comprehension Strategic Interaction scenarios as assessment of cultural perspectives Language contact and language change: interface of Spanish and English in Chicago - evidence for a lingua franca? Spanish phonetics and phonology - dialectal variation and change due to contact Affective variables in second language acquisition
Education 

Ph.D. Linguistics.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1991
Doctoral Studies in Spanish Literature. University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1985-1986
M.A. Hispanic Literature.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1985
Graduate Studies. Centro de Estudios Hispánicos en Madrid, Bryn Mawr College, 1983
B.A. Spanish, Minor in English.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1983

Selected Publications 

Books:

Contornos del habla: fonología y fonética del español. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, (August, 2009) ©2010

!Anda! Curso Intermedio, Native Speaker Activities Ancillary. Pearson/Prentice Hall, (2009) in Heining-Boynton, Leloup, Cowell. ©2010.

Invited Articles:

“El español de Chicago”, Contratiempo [Chicago] 80 (Diciembre 2010): 9. 

Articles:

“Mother Culture Impact on Foreign Language Reading Comprehension,”    Language Across Boundaries, published in British Studies in Applied Linguistics, Cambridge, UK, 16:  (185-200), 2001, Continuum Press.

“Una aplicación de la teoría pedagógica de Paulo Freire.” Paper published in Conference Proceedings of the VII Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social: Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, Santiago de Cuba, January 23-26, 2001.

Book Reviews:

“Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging,” Brinton, Donna M., Olga Kagan and Susan Bauckus, eds. 2008. New York and London: Routledge, 2008. Modern Language Journal, 94:3, 2010.

“Idioms—Description, Comprehension, Acquisition, and Pedagogy,” by Dilin Liu. New York and London: Routledge, 2007. Modern Language Journal 93: 2, 2009.

"ESOL Tests and Testing". Stephen Stoynoff and Carol A. Chapelle. Modern Language Journal, 90: 4, 2006.

“Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices,” H. Douglas   Brown. Longman Press, 2004. Modern Language Journal, 90: 3, 2006.

“Discovering Grammar: An Introduction to English Sentence Structure,” by Anne Lobeck. Oxford University Press, 2000. Modern Language Journal, 86:2, 2002.

“Meaning in English: An Introduction to Language Study” by Lesley Jeffries. Modern Language Journal, 84: 3, 2000.       

Manuscripts--In Preparation:

“The native speaker and the heritage speaker: a comparison of their lexicon” manuscript in preparation.

Book Manuscript Reviewer:

Doing Foreign Language: Bringing Concordia Language Villages into Language Classrooms, by Heidi Hamilton, Cori Crane and Abigail Bartoshesky. Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall, 2005.

Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12. A Toolkit of Classroom Activities, by Jeff Zwiers. International Reading Association, 2004.

Developing Academic Thinking Skills in Grades 6-12. A Handbook of Multiple Intelligence Activities, by Jeff Zwiers. International Reading Association, 2004.

Selected Performances 

International

"Using regional literature to promote understanding of dialectal variation in Spanish". Paper proposal accepted for presentation at the 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL): The Impact of Applied Linguistics:  September 5-7, 2013, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland

“How listening strategies develop through collective scaffolding in role play”. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL): “Language, Learning, and Context”, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, September 3-5, 2009.

“Measuring and evaluating the lexicon of the non-native, native and heritage speaker in Spanish”. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL): “Taking the Measure of Applied Linguistics” Swansea University, Swansea, Wales, UK, September 11-13, 2008.

"The L2 Reading Process--An Introspective View.”  Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL): “Applied Linguistics and Communities of Practice.” Cardiff, Wales, September 12-14, 2002.

“La gramática contextualizada por medio de la actuación.” Paper presented at the II Simposio Regional de Lectura y Vida: “La escuela y la formación de lectores y escritores,” (Asociación Internacional de Lectura--IRA). Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 11-13, 2001.

“Taking a Freirean Approach to Meet the Individual Needs of the Diversified Classroom.” Paper presented at the 34th Annual British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Conference: “Unity and Diversity in Language Use.”  The University of Reading, UK: September 6-8, 2001.

“Una aplicación de la teoría pedagógica de Paulo Freire.” Paper presented   at the VII Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social: Centro de Lingüística Aplicada, Santiago de Cuba, January 23-26, 2001.

“La Gramática Contextualizada por la Técnica de Strategic Interaction.” Paper presented at the “X Encuentro para profesores de español: gramática y metodología en la enseñanza del español,” Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) Campus Estados Unidos. San Antonio, TX, Simulcast to Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM), (Mexico City); Centro de Enseñanza para Extranjeros (CEPE), Mexico City; Escuela para Extranjeros en Canadá (ESECA) and Universidad de Quintana Roo, October 28, 2000.

“Mother Culture Impact on Foreign Language Reading Comprehension.” Paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 33rd Annual Meeting in Cambridge U.K. “Language across Boundaries” September 7-9, 2000.

National

“How to Select Materials for the Major Portfolio that Embrace Student Diversity.”  Paper presented with Dr. Mary Ellen McGoey to the AAHE National Conference on Higher Education: “Learning in Context: Who are our students? How do they learn?”  Chicago, IL, March 16-19, 2002.

“How to Assess Undergraduate Programs: A Model.” Paper presented with  Mary Ellen McGoey at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) 2001 National Conference on Higher Education, (March 24-27, 2001) “Balancing Private Gain and Public Good,” Washington D.C., March 27, 2001.

“Employing a Freirean Approach to Meet the Individual Needs of the Diversified Classroom.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), “Teacher Educator as Advocate,” New Orleans, LA, February 17-21, 2001.

“Design for the Foreign Language Major Portfolio: An Outcome Template.” Paper presented with Mary Ellen McGoey and Vicki Román-Lagunas at the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) Assessment Conference 2000: “Rising Expectations for Assessment: Can We Deliver,” Charlotte, NC, June 14-18, 2000.

Regional

Invited Talk: Chicago Area Translators and Interpreters Association (CHICATA) “DIALECTOLOGY: What is it? Its significance in language prestige and cross-cultural understanding”, Open Books, Chicago, April 26, 2014.

“Assessment of Major Programs: A Design Template.”  Paper presented with Dr. Mary Ellen McGoey at the 2001 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, IN, November 4-6, 2001.

“Designing an Assessment Template for the Undergraduate Major.” 5th Annual Assessment Conference Sponsored by the College of Business and Economics, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA: “Outcome Assessment: From Chaos to Clarity,” March 1-2, 2001.

“Strategic Interaction Workshop: Learning Languages through Scenarios.” Workshop presented at the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) Conference: “Languages: Take Two,” Itasca, October 19-21, 2000.

“Encouraging and Assessing Reading Comprehension through Text Completion Tasks.” Paper presented at the 27th Plains International Reading Association (IRA) Regional Conference: “Literacy--Gateway to New Horizons.” St. Louis, MO, October 12-14, 2000. 

“A Framework to Facilitate Student Teachers’ Self Assessment.” Paper presented  at the 14th Annual Midwest Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Conference: “Preparing Teachers to Create Successful School Environments,” Davenport, IA, April 8-9, 2000.

“Assessment of culture in the Communicative Foreign Language Classroom,” Paper presented at the 1999 Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ICTFL) Conference: “Capitalizing on Foreign Languages”, Springfield, IL, October 22, 1999.

“Preliminary Assessment Practices for Foreign Languages--A Work in Progress.”   Paper presented at Northeastern Illinois University, Assessment Workshop, Chicago, IL, March 10, 1999.

Background 

Acting Department Chair. Department of World Languages and Cultures, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 05/2013-12/2013.
Professor of Spanish. Department of World Languages and Cultures, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 09/09-present.
Associate Professor of Spanish. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 09/2003-08/2009
Assistant Professor of Spanish. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 08/1997-08/2003

Additional Information 

Advisor: Teaching Certification for Professionals (TCP) Advisor; Liaison to the College of Education, Undergraduate advisor

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