Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D. (Second Language Acquisition and Hispanic Linguistics), University of Toronto (2009)
M.A. (Hispanic Linguistics), University of Toronto (2002)
B.Ed. (Philology and Languages), Universidad Nacional de Colombia (1990)

Teaching Interests

For many years I have taught Acquisition & Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language, Spanish Linguistics, and Spanish Language, courses mirroring my research interests.  More recently I have taught Spanish Writing and Conversation, and the Spanish for Professions courses.

Research Funding

Research Priorities Competition. “Pathways to Quality and Value in Second Language Learning: Getting the Best out of Peer Review.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (NFMLTA), and Modern Language Journal. $2,500. 2015-2016

Alternative Textbook Grant. “Developing L2 Oral Proficiency of Spanish Learners.” OU Libraries & College of Arts and Sciences. $2,000. 2015-2016

Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship. “Writing and Reading Critically: The Power of Trained Peer Review.” OU College of Arts and Sciences. $7,000. 2014

Course Innovation Program. “Gateway Spanish Initiative Proposal.” OU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost – Center for Teaching Excellence. $150,000. 2013-15

Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship. “Students’ Difficulties in L2 Spanish Writing.” OU College of Arts and Sciences. $7,000. 2012

Technology and Language Learning. “Spanish Podcast Project.” Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA). Michigan State University. $2,000. 2011

Strategies & Tools Across Fields. “Teaching with Writing.” Michigan State University. $1,000. 2010

World Fellowship. “Analyzing the Input in L2 Spanish.” The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society. $16,000. 2003-06

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