Christina Isabelli is Professor and Chair of the Department of Hispanic
Studies (PhD, Ibero-Romance
Philology and Linguistics, 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. She has served as a visiting professor of Applied
Linguistics andForeign Language pedagogy in Middlebury College's
graduate summer program in Vermont since 2010.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
present Founder & Director, 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
Recent National Service
Program Reviewer - examine the reports and data
submitted by institutions seeking CAEP recognition of their foreign
language teacher education programs through ACTFL, 2015–present
language acquisition during study abroad and domestic immersion 2.Social
networks and second language acquisition 3.Spanish in the
U.S. – sociolinguistics
4. Foreign/Second language teaching methodology
5. World Language program articulation 6.Computer-assisted
language learning (CALL)
C., & Lacorte, M.(2016). Language learners'
characteristics, target language use, and linguistic development in a
domestic immersion context.Foreign Language Annals, 49(3),
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: 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: Revista de Lingüística,
Filología y Traducción, 25, 95–105. <http://onomazein.letras.uc.cl/03_Numeros/N25/N25.html>
Isabelli-García, C. (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 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.
& 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. NY: Edwin Mellen Press.
Isabelli-García, C., Bown, J., & Plews, J.State-of-the-art review of
the field of second language acquisition in immersion contexts. Language
& Isabelli, C. Researching
Second Language Acquisition in the Study Abroad Context.Palgrave
Acculturation in the domestic immersion context: A dynamic systems
Recent Invited Lectures
February, 2016. Researching social language in study abroad contexts: Using
mixed methods. Co-sponsored by the Department
of French and Italian & Second Language Acquisition and Teacher
Education (SLATE) program, University of
Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL.
February, 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 Young
Language learning on your campus and abroad: How to make the
connection. IES Abroad 2013 Annual Conference. Chicago.
Estudiantes de 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
January 2016. Fostering advanced oral proficiency:
Initiatives in the undergraduate foreign language curriculum. 131st
MLA Annual Convention. Austin, TX. November 2015.
Institutional assessment of second language learning
outcomes. ACTFL Annual Convention. San Diego, CA.
2015. Best practices for incorporating Google Apps in the language
classroom. With C. Quagliarello. ACTFL Annual Convention. San
2015. Linguistic 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.
April 2015. Second
language acquisition in the domestic immersion context: An
ecolinguistic approach. With M. Lacorte. Kentucky Foreign Language
Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington.
June 2013. Factors that
explain differential learning in the study abroad context. IES
Abroad Second Language Research
Symposium. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,
Education Review Task Force (elected 2015–present) Promotion and Tenure Committee (elected 2005–07, 2014–2016) Teacher
Education Committee, Faculty rep for Hispanic Studies (2005–present)