Isabelli was Professor and Chair of the Department of
Hispanic Studies (PhD,
Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics,
University of Texas at Austin) where she taught courses such as Second
History of the Spanish Language and Spanish Linguistics.
She is the author of
Motivation and Extended Interaction in the Study Abroad
Context (Edwin Mellen)
and has published a variety of articles on second
language acquisition in the
study abroad and domestic immersions contexts,
identifying processes of forming
social networks abroad and how they function as contexts
for language learning.She has served as a
of Applied Linguistics andForeign
Language pedagogy in Middlebury College's
graduate summer program in
Vermont since 2010 and is currently Chair of the
Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Gonzaga University.
working on a book project Researching Second Language
Acquisition in the Study
Abroad Context (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition,
Christina is a foreign
language teacher education Program Reviewer for the
American Council on the
Teaching of Foreign Languages/Council for
Accreditation of Educator Preparation
as well as a Program Consultant for the Association of
Departments of Foreign
Languages/Modern Language Association.
2017 - present Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Gonzaga University
2015 – 2017 Founder &
Language School for Kids
2011 – 2017Chair,
Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
2011 – 2017Spanish
Language Program Coordinator, Department of Hispanic
Studies, IWU 2010 FallResident Director of the IWU
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
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
5. World Language program articulation 6.Computer-assisted language
& Lacorte, M.(2016).
characteristics, target language
linguistic development in a domestic
Language Annals, 49(3), 544-556.
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:
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>
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://onomazein.letras.uc.cl/03_Numeros/N25/N25.html>
(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
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:
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. (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.
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
May, 2017. Language
program assessment. Association of Departments
of Foreign Language: Building and Sustaining
Language Programs - Access, Articulation, and
Advocacy. Atlanta, GA
January, 2017. Factors
that explain differential learning in the study
abroad context. Department of Modern Languages
and Literatures, Furman University.
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.
2015. Heritage language
learners in the L2 classroom: Cultural perspectives. Concordia
College, Moorehead, MN.
abroad: Measuring the correlation
between second language acquisition and social networks. 32ndSecond Language
Research Forum. Brigham Young University.
November 2017. An Innovative way to Practice the three Modes of Communication: VoiceThread. With
C. Lynn. ACTFL Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.
November 2017. Recruitment in Language Programs. With C. Dunlap. ACTFL Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.
assessment of second
ACTFL Annual Convention. San Diego,
Best practices for incorporating Google
Apps in the language classroom. With C.
Quagliarello. ACTFL Annual Convention.
San Diego, CA.
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,
Recent Institutional Service
Review Task Force (elected 2015–2017) Promotion
and Tenure Committee (elected 2005–07, 2014–2016) Teacher Education Committee,
Faculty rep for Hispanic Studies (2005–2017)