I am an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where I taught for 22 years (1993–2015). During that time I served as Director of the General Education Program in Spanish (1993–2006) and co-directed FLARE, the UI’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in Second Language Acquisition (2000–2015). I taught courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and Spanish language. My research interests include the development of second language speaking skills in classroom and study abroad contexts, oral proficiency assessment, and program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes. My publications include articles and edited volumes on these topics, as well as co-authorship of three college-level Spanish textbooks. I was also the co-editor of the Pearson’s Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom Instruction book series, as well as the Associate Editor for Reviews of The Modern Language Journal.
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