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.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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SPAN 6694 - Technology Enhanced Lang Learn
Technology Enhanced Language Learning
This course explores the use of new technologies applied to the enhancement of student learning in the Spanish classroom. The course seeks to familiarize participants with classroom applications and digital pedagogy of TELL including Computer-Meditated-Learning (CML): technology-based instruction and computer-tutorials, as well as Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC): blog, wikis, email, chat, and web forums. As a final project, students will develop a pedagogical project for appropriately integrating technology into their own instructional approach. (1 unit)
Required text: Gerardo Arrarte Carriquiry, Las tecnologías de la información en la enseñanza del español (Arco Libros, 2011) (ISBN 9788476358245); also electronic material provided at Middlebury. Pedagogy
Summer 2014 Language Schools
SPAN 6788 - 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
SPAN 6795 - 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 second 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: 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 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools
SPAN 6796 - Teaching Language Methodology
In this courses 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
SPAN 6798 - Teaching Span to Span Speakers
Spanish in the United States: Teaching Spanish to Spanish Speakers
This course is an introduction to issues concerning Spanish language use in the United States social context and the teaching of Spanish to Spanish heritage speakers. We will tie discussions of academic needs and linguistic knowledge of Heritage speakers with research on the relationship between language and society in several Spanish-speaking communities. This course will cover pedagogical principals and approaches that take into consideration the different set of competencies that heritage speakers have when learning Spanish. During the course, students will develop practical applications for the heritage speaker in their classroom: materials development, lesson planning, and in-class expectations. (1 unit)
Required text: Kim Potowski, Fundamentos de la enseñanza del español a hispanohablantes en los EEUU (Madrid: Arco Libros, 2005); also electronic material in Segue. Pedagogy