Christina Isabelli


 Spanish School

Christina Isabelli earned her Ph.D. in Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University where she teaches courses on topics such as Second Language Acquisition, History of the Spanish Language, Spanish Linguistics, and Spanish in the United States. Christina's latest published work appears in Foreign Language Annals and Hispanic Health Care International. She is a book and manuscript reviewer for The Modern Language Journal and Spanish in Context and has served on the Hispanic Families Work Group of McLean County, IL and the National Fulbright Screening Committee. Dr. Isabelli recently served as principal investigator for a US Census Bureau funded investigation on observing census enumeration of non-English-speaking households in 2010 Census. Her research interests relate to sociolinguistic issues regarding Hispanics in the US as well as second language acquisition in the study-abroad/immersions contexts, identifying processes of forming social networks abroad and how they function as contexts for language learning.



Course List: 

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SPAN6694 - Technology Enhanced Lang Learn      

Technology Enhanced Language Learning

This course explores the main issues in language learning and teaching based on technological tools and programs in teaching Spanish as a second language. The focus is to explore the connections between the theories of language learning and the implementation of current technologies and multimedia. Specifically, we will examine the ways in which technology can be used to enhance and support the development of communicative and intercultural competence of language learners. Students will develop a pedagogical project for appropriately integrating technology using their own instructional approach. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Pedagogy

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6788 - Second Language Assessment      

This course will focus on how to design, develop, and implement different kinds of language tasks and tests in order to assess competence of learners of Spanish as L2, both in oral and written language skills. In order to achieve these goals, we first will review the most influential models of language as communicative competence to make clear what is to be tested when we want to assess language ability in L2. Then, the course will concentrate in the analysis and design of the different possible type of tests tasks aimed for the assessment of Spanish L2. This course, even though will reflect on the substance of language ability and the theories underlying the making of a good test, will have a practical orientation. The main purpose is to provide future teachers of SL2 with both a theoretical basis which will allow them to have a critical vision of the topic of testing, as well as with the resources to develop useful tests for the variety of situations they might find in their different teaching contexts. Therefore the methodology will combine theory and practice with discussions from the readings from the required text and other sources, critical reviews of different examples of L2 test, and the design and development of tests tasks of different levels for oral and written skills. (1 unit)

Required text: Teresa Bordón, La evaluación de la lengua en el marco de E/L2: Bases y procedimientos (Madrid. Arco Libros, 2006) (ISBN: 84-7635-644-7). Pedagogy

Summer 2012

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SPAN6791 - Teach &Learn Culture L2 Class      

Interculturality: Teaching and learning culture in the L2 classroom

It is commonly said that “language and culture are and second-language (L2) teachers generally assume that teaching culture is an in dispensable part of their job. But what is culture, exactly, and what are the connections between language and culture? What aspects of a second culture (C2) can L2 learners really access and acquire? How can cultural learning be evaluated? This class will use the notion of interculturality to explore theoretical definitions of culture, techniques for presenting and engaging learners with culturally rich materials, and how to enrich language learning through cultural exploration. By the end of the class, teachers-in-training will have developed a portfolio of original activities that will allow their students to investigate cultural products and practices, understand the related cultural perspectives, and participate in culturally appropriate interactions. (1 unit) Pedagogy

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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SPAN6795 - Second Language Acquisition      

This course is an introduction to the field of Second Language Acquisition and its pedagogical applications in the Spanish-language classroom. The course will be structured around the topic of language learning theories and will focus on the psychological and linguistic challenges of learning and teaching Spanish. By the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of theory and research that explains how a second language is acquired. (1 unit)

Required text: Required text: Kim Griffin, Lingüística aplicada a la enseñanza del español como 2/L. 2a ed. (Arco Libros, 2011); other materials provided electronically at Middlebury.

This course is cross-listed with Language/Linguistics.* Linguistics Pedagogy

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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SPAN6796 - Teaching Language Methodology      

In this course students will become familiar with the current trends in foreign-language teaching and connect their own experience as language learners and language teachers with the concepts and ideas encountered in the readings. Through personal and group reflections and discussions, students will develop a vision for improving the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically evaluate existing teaching practices and materials based on their understanding of theory and research in second language acquisition and develop teaching materials for the classroom. (1 unit)

Required text: Electronic material provided at Middlebury. Pedagogy

Summer 2013, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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SPAN6920 - Teaching Practicum      

This course is for DML degree students

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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The Spanish School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Spanish School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
6-week Program

P: 802.443.5539