Christina Isabelli-García, PhD
Illinois Wesleyan University
Curriculum Vitae
Hispanic Studies
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
USA

309-556-3174
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Dr. Christina Isabelli (PhD, University of Texas-Austin) is 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 Foreign Language Annals, The Modern Language Journal, Spanish in Context, System, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development and EUROSLA Yearbook. 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 and has taught applied linguistics courses since 2010 in Middlebury College's graduate summer program in Vermont. Her research interests relate to sociolinguistic issues regarding Hispanics in the US as well as second language acquisition in various learning contexts, identifying processes of forming social networks abroad and how they function as contexts for language learning.  

Education
Ph.D., 2000, University of Texas - Austin Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics
M.A., 1994, University of Iowa Spanish Linguistics and Literature
B.A., 1992, Illinois State University Spanish and Mathematics
Academic Positions
Illinois Wesleyan University, Department of Hispanic Studies
  Professor, present; Associate Professor, 2005 - 12; Assistant Professor, 2000 - 05Instructor, 1999 - 2000

Middlebury College, Spanish Language School Graduate Program, Middlebury, Vermont
   Visiting Professor, 2010-2014 (summers)

Universidad Internacional, Spanish Department Graduate Program, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  Visiting Professor, 2009 (summer)  

University of Texas - Austin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese 
   Assistant Instructor of Spanish, 1994 - 1999, Spn 508K Coordinator 1998-1999

University of Iowa, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
   Graduate Teaching Assistant of Spanish, 1992 - 1994

Administrative Positions

2011 – present  Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University

2011 – present  Language Program Coordinator, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU

2010 Fall          Resident Director of the IWU London semester abroad program

2007 Spring      Resident Director of the IWU Spain semester abroad program


Publications

Lord, G., & Isabelli-García, C. (in press). Program articulation and management. In M. Lacorte (Ed.). The Routledge handbook of Hispanic applied linguistics. London: Routledge.

Isabelli-García, C., Pan, Y., & Lubkemann, S. (2012). Observing census enumeration of non-English-speaking households in 2010 U.S. Census: Spanish report. Research and Methodology Directorate, Center for Survey Measurement Research Report Series (Survey Methodology #2012-06). U.S. Census Bureau. <http://www.census.gov/srd/papers/pdf/rsm2012-06.pdf>

Hartweg, D., Isabelli-García, C., McEwen, M., & Piper, R. (2012). Physical activity and its relationship to health: Perceptions of Mexican immigrant women in the US-Mexico border region. Hispanic Health Care International, 10(3), 127-136.

Isabelli-García, C., & Slough, R. (2012). Acquisition of the non-generic definite article by Spanish learners of English as a foreign language. Onomázein, 25, 95-105.

Isabelli-García, C. (2010). Acquisition of Spanish gender agreement in two learning contexts: Study abroad and at home. Foreign Language Annals, 43(2), 289-303.

Echeverría, M., Irizarry, G., & Isabelli-García, C. (2009). Second-Year Spanish II - Oral Expression, Reading and Composition: A Study Guide. (120 pp). Austin, TX: The University of Texas at Austin - University Extension.

Hartweg, D., & Isabelli-García, C. (2007). Health perceptions of low-income, immigrant Spanish-speaking Latinas in the United States. Hispanic Healthcare International, 5(2), 7-17.

Isabelli-García, C. (2006). Study abroad social networks, motivation and attitudes: Implications for second language acquisition.  In E. Churchill & M. DuFon (Eds.), Language learners in study abroad contexts (pp. 231-258). Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Zeiss, E., & Isabelli-García, C. (2005). The benefits of asynchronous computer mediated communication in enhancing cultural acquisition. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 18(3), 151-169.

Isabelli-García, C. (2004). A case study of the factors in the development of Spanish linguistic accuracy and oral communication skills: Motivation and extended interaction in the study abroad context. Preface Barbara Freed. New York, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Isabelli-García, C. (2003). Development of oral communication skills abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 9, 149-173.


Book Reviews

Lewin, R. (Ed.). The handbook of practice and research in study abroad. Modern Language Journal, 95, (2011): 332-333.

Byram, M., & Feng, A. (Eds.). Living and studying abroad: Research and practice. Modern Language Journal, 92, (2008): 474-475.

Pellegrino, V. A.  Study abroad and second language use. Modern Language Journal 91, (2007): 132-133.

Dowell, M. M., & Mirsky, K. P. Study abroad? How to get the most out of your experience. Modern Language Journal, 89(1), (2005): 139-140.

Lambert, R. D., & Shohamy, E. (Eds.)  Language policy and pedagogy. Language Problems and Language Planning, 26(1), (2002): 104-107.

Lantolf, J.P. (Ed.) Sociocultural theory and second language learning. Language Problems and Language Planning, 25(3), (2001): 311-333.

In Progress
-Book-length manuscript on current trends in linguistic benefits of the study abroad and immersion contexts.
-Critical review of research regarding study abroad and second language acquisition.
Selected Presentations
April 2014. " Language Learning in the Study Abroad Context: Variables that Affect Development." Language in Context Research Group, University of Illinois at Chicago.

October 2013. "Study abroad: Measuring the correlation between second language acquisition and social networks." 32nd Second Language Research Forum. Brigham Young University.

June 2013. "Factors that explain differential learning in the study abroad context." IES Abroad Madrid 2nd Language Symposium. Madrid, Spain.

August 2011. "Observing census enumeration of Spanish-speaking households in the 2010 Census." Invited speaker, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington DC.

July 2010. "El desarrollo lingüístico de los estudiantes durante una estancia en el extranjero: Una ruptura de las expectativas tradicionales." [Linguistic development in the study-abroad context: A break from traditional expectations]. Invited speaker, Middlebury College Round Table. Middlebury, Vermont.

September 2009. "Linguistic development in the study-abroad context: What can we expect?" invited speaker, IIX Congreso Internacional UNINTERlingua Communicación.  Cuernavaca, Mexico.

November, 2008. "Language learning abroad: Acculturation, integration or both?" Midwest Modern Language Association. Minneapolis, MN.

November, 2007."Acquisition of gender agreement in two learning contexts." Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. San Antonio, Texas.

November, 2006. "Social networks and some recommendations for study abroad success." Council on International  Educational Exchange Conference. Seville, Spain.

October, 2003."The benefits of asynchronous computer mediated communication in enhancing cultural acquisition." Co-authored with Elizabeth Zeiss.  Second Language Research Forum.  University of Arizona, Tucson.  

October 2002. "Linguistic development of Spanish language accuracy in the study abroad context: What can be expected." Co-authored with Chiyo Nishida.  6th Conference on Hispanic Linguistics and L1 and L2 Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Illinois Wesleyan University service
Assessment Facilitator for General Education category "Second Language" (2014-2015)
Academic Appeals Committee (elected: 2013-2014)
IWU Fulbright Faculty Program Adviser (2011-2013)
Curriculum Council (elected: 2009-2011), Academic Standards Subcommittee (Chair, 09-10)
Promotion and Tenure Committee (elected: 2005-2007)
Teacher Education Committee (2005-present)
Hearing Committee (elected: 2003-2005)
Institutional Review Board (2002-2005, S2009)
Faculty Adviser of Sigma Delta Pi - National Hispanic Honors Society, Upsilon Rho (2000- present)  
Latin American Studies Team (Leader: 2005-07, 2011-13)
First Year Adviser  (2000-2013)
Coordinator International Film Series (1999 - 2001)
Selected IWU Grants
2014 - Humanities Fellow, Re-centering the Humanities Grant
2012 - Mellon Foundation Grant for integration of information literacy in the disciplines, with Lynda Duke

2012 – Mellon Foundation Grant for integration of writing in the disciplines, with C. Ferradáns

2008 - "Perception of Physical Activity and Health by Border-Dwelling Mexican Women" with D. Hartweg (Artistic and Scholarly Development Grant)
2007 -  "Spanish Gender Agreement in the Study-Abroad and At-Home Contexts" (ASD)
2006 -  "Study-Abroad Social Networks and Second Language Acquisition"(ASD)
2005 -  "Perception of Physical Activity by Hispanic Women" with Donna Hartweg (ASD)
2003 -  "Perception of Health by Hispanic Women: A Pilot Study" with Donna Hartweg (ASD)
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