Christina Isabelli


Christina Isabelli completed her PhD in Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics at the University of Texas - Austin and is currently Chair of the Hispanic Studies Department at Illinois Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses such as Second Language Acquisition, History of the Spanish Language and Spanish Linguistics. She is the author of Motivation and Extended Interaction in the Study Abroad Context (Edwin Mellen) and has published a variety of articles on second language acquisition in the study abroad and domestic immersions contexts, identifying processes of forming social networks abroad and how they function as contexts for language learning.

She is currently working on a book project Researching Second Language Acquisition in the Study Abroad Context (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, Christina is a foreign language teacher education Program Reviewer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation as well as a Program Consultant for the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages/Modern Language Association.



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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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 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2016 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
Fax: 802.443.2075

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

7-week Program
Holly Stark, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5538

6-week Program

Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
P: 802.443.5539