Christina Isabelli-García, PhD
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702
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.
Ph.D., 2000, University of Texas - Austin Ibero-Romance Philology and LinguisticsAcademic Positions
Illinois Wesleyan University, Department of Hispanic StudiesAdministrative Positions
2011 – present Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University
2011 – present Language Program Director, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
2010 Fall Resident Director of the IWU London semester abroad program
2007 Spring Resident Director of the IWU Madrid semester abroad program
Publications - full text version can be accessed here
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.
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.
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.
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. (2003). Development of oral communication skills abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 9, 149-173.
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>
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. (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.
Academic Study Guide
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.
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.
October 2013. "Study abroad: Measuring the correlation between second language acquisition and social networks." 32nd Second Language Research Forum. Brigham Young University.Illinois Wesleyan University service
Academic Appeals Committee (elected: present)Selected IWU Grants
2012 - Mellon Foundation Grant for integration of information literacy in the disciplines, with Lynda Duke