I am passionate about (equal access to) second language learning, social entrepreneurship, web development, linguistics, tandem learning, world cinemas, and traveling with a purpose.
At MIIS, I am excited about the possibility of creating knowledge and projects with students and colleagues who are genuinely motivated to challenge the way we learn and live beyond physical borders. That and the happy hour on Fridays! ... In all seriousness, I am looking forward to join a learning community where students and faculty, theory and practice, seem to go hand in hand.
My main area of expertise is language learning & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and online tandems (the interchange of languages on the internet) as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, and social entrepreneurship.
Excellence in Teaching Year Award from the UC Davis Department of Spanish & Portuguese. 2013-2014.
Coauthor of iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. 2012-2014.
Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC) & Asociación Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) Lectureship at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX). 2008-2010.
Associate Instructor (University of California, Davis): 2010-2014.
Visiting Lecturer (Southern Methodist University): 2008–2010.
Coordinator for Student Affairs & Integration (Middlebury College in Spain): 2005–2008.
Online Project Manager (Cepal Formación, Spain): 2002–2004.
Journalist (Madrid, Spain): 1997-2007.
Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Designated Emphasis on Second Language Acquisition. (University of California, Davis). 2010-2014.
M.A. in Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of Spanish (University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain). 2005-2008.
B.A. in Humanities (University of Carlos III, Spain). 1997-2001.
With Blake, R., Can you repeat, please? L2 complexity and fluency development in the hybrid “classroom”. (Forthcoming).
Awareness and Corrective Feedback in Social CALL, Tandems and E-Tandems (2015). In International Association for Language Learning Technology Journal 44 (2): 1-42.
With Blake, R., Bradley, T., and Comins, D. (2014). iCultura: Multimedia textbook for the intermediate level in Spanish. University of California: Davis.
With Blake, R. Best Practices for an Online Spanish Course. The FLT Magazine. March 20, 2014.
La aplicación que nos quitará el trabajo (mecánico). Huffington Post. November 2, 2013
El ocio y el negocio de aprender una segunda lengua: estira la red. Huffington Post. September 27, 2013
More than 300 articles published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications (2000-2007)
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPLA8200 - Intermediate Spanish I
SPLA8201 - Intermediate Spanish I
SPLA8243 - Spanish in the Community ▹
Each Friday, we will travel to a neighboring community and interact with English learners who are speakers of Spanish. Through a sequence of reflections, language tasks, and projects, students will develop language skills, intercultural competence, and learning autonomy.
Fall 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS
SPLA8250 - Intermediate Spanish II
SPLA8251 - Intermediate Spanish II
SPLA8262 - Communication and Society
This course provides a space for students to develop oral and written communication in Spanish at a high beginner level, with emphasis on oral production and interaction. Students will also deepen their knowledge of Hispanic societies and strengthen their intercultural competence through contact with Spanish speakers.
Spring 2016 - MIIS
SPLA8280 - Intermediate Spanish III
SPLA8281 - Intermediate Spanish III
SPLA8315 - Spanish Current Events
This course will facilitate interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills development in Spanish at the advanced level. Discussion on topics related to contemporary trends and current events in the Hispanic world will be combined with audiovisual and news analysis, within a project-based framework.
Fall 2015 - MIIS
SPLA8320 - Contemp Language & Culture II
Continuation of Language and Culture I, review of structures, idiomatic expressions, and features of Hispanic cultures of several regions and countries. Written exercises, frequent oral reports, discussions of current issues from authentic sources.
Fall 2015 - MIIS
SPLA8354 - Spanish 5th Estate
This course will explore both traditional and social media in the Hispanic world, paying attention to “glocal” voices and events. News, debates, social media analysis, and a weekly publication will help develop transnational awareness and critical thinking in Spanish.
Fall 2015 - MIIS, Fall 2016 - MIIS
SPLA8372 - SpanishSocialEntrepreneurship ▹
This course will explore the creation and characteristics of organizations that seek the fulfillment of social needs in the Hispanic world. Through readings, in-class discussions, presentations, and a final project, students will develop a better understanding of the topic (emprendedurismo social) while developing interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational skills in Spanish.
Spring 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS