Isabelli is Professor and Chair of the Department of
Hispanic Studies. She completed her doctoral work inIbero-Romance
Philology and Linguistics at the University of Texas
at Austin. Christina teachers courses in
Spanish language, Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics
and Foreign Language pedagogy and has published work
in journals such as Foreign
Language Annals, Computer
Assisted Language Learning,andFrontiers:
The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.She recently
served as principal investigator for a U.S. Census
Bureau-funded investigation on observing census
enumeration of linguistically isolated Spanish-speaking
households in the 2010 U.S. census. Christina's research
interests relate to sociolinguistic issues regarding
Hispanics in the U.S. as well as second language
acquisition in various learning contexts, identifying
processes of forming social networks and how they
function as contexts for language learning.Christina has
served as a visiting professor of Applied
Linguistics andForeign Language
pedagogy in Middlebury College's graduate
summer program in Vermont.Google
Ph.D. University of Texas - Austin,
Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics M.A.
University of Iowa,
Spanish Literature and Linguistics B.A. Illinois State University, Spanish and
2015 – present Director,
Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) Language
School for Kids
2011 – presentChair,
Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
2011 – presentSpanish
Language Program Coordinator, Department of Hispanic
Studies, IWU 2010 FallResident Director of the IWU
London Program 2007 SpringResident
Director of the IWU
Research and Professional Interests
1.Second language acquisition during
study abroad and domestic immersion 2.Social networks and second
language acquisition 3.Spanish in the U.S. –
4. Foreign/Second language teaching
methodology 5.Computer-assisted language
learning (CALL) 6. World Language program
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.
Lord, G., & Isabelli-García, C. (2014). [Foreign
language] Program articulation and management. In M.
Lacorte (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of
Hispanic applied linguistics (pp. 150–167). London:
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:
& Lacorte, M.(in press). Language learners' characteristics, target language use, and linguistic development in a domestic immersion context.Foreign Language Annals.
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),
& Slough, R. (2012). Acquisition of the non-generic
definite article by Spanish learners of English as a
foreign language. Onomázein: Revista de Lingüística,
Filología y Traducción, 25, 95–105. <http://www.onomazein.net/Articulos/25/4_Isabelli.pdf>
(2010). Acquisition of Spanish gender agreement in two
learning contexts: Study
abroad and at home. Foreign Language
Hartweg, D., & Isabelli-García, C. (2007). Health
perceptions of low-income, immigrant Spanish-speaking
Latinas in the United States. Hispanic Healthcare
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.
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>
Manuscripts in Progress
C., Bown, J., & Plews, J.State-of-the-art review of the field of second
language acquisition in immersion
contexts. Language Teaching.
Isabelli-García, C., & Isabelli, C. Researching Second Language Acquisition
in the Study Abroad Context.Palgrave Macmillan.
Isabelli-García, C. Acculturation in the domestic
immersion context: A dynamic systems approach
Recent Invited Lectures
Researching social language in study abroad contexts:
Using mixed methods. Co-sponsored by the
of French and Italian & Second Language
Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) program,
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
2015. Heritage language
learners in the L2 classroom: Cultural perspectives. Concordia
College, Moorehead, MN.
April, 2014. Language learning in the study
abroad context: Variables that affect development. Language in Context Research Group,
University of Illinois at Chicago.
Study abroad: Measuring the
correlation between second language acquisition and
social networks. 32ndSecond Language Research Forum. Brigham
Language learning on your campus and abroad: How to make
the connection. IES Abroad 2013 Annual
herencia en los cursos de español como L2. [Heritage language learners in
Spanish L2 courses]. Middlebury
College Conference on Pedagogy for Spanish as an L2.
Observing census enumeration of non
English-speaking households in the 2010 U.S. census. U.S.
Census Bureau.Washington, DC: U.S. Census Bureau.
Recent Conference Presentations
assessment of second
outcomes. ACTFL Annual Convention.
San Diego, CA.
Best practices for incorporating Google
Apps in the language classroom. With C.
Quagliarello. ACTFL Annual Convention.
San Diego, CA.
and psychological development of L2 learners in
the cultural immersion context: The role of social
networks. 1st International Conference on
Spanish in Study Abroad Programs: Learning in a
Cultural Immersion Context. Universidad de
Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
2015. Second language acquisition in the domestic
immersion context: An ecolinguistic approach. With
M. Lacorte. Kentucky Foreign Language
Conference. University of Kentucky,
June 2013. Factors that explain differential learning in
the study abroad context. IES Abroad Second Language Research Symposium. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
Program Reviewer - examine
the reports and data submitted by institutions seeking
CAEP recognition of their foreign language teacher
education programs through ACTFL, 2015–present