Isabelli (PhD, University of Texas-Austin) is Chair of the
Department of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Spanish
Applied Linguistics 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 and she is a book and manuscript
reviewer for numerous journals. Dr. Isabelli 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 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 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. Google
Ph.D. University of Texas - Austin,
2000. Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics M.A.
University of Iowa, 1994.
Spanish Literature and Linguistics B.A. Illinois State University, 1992. Spanish
Illinois Wesleyan University, Department of
Hispanic Studies, Bloomington,
Illinois Associate Professor,
2005-2012; Assistant Professor,
2000-2005; Instructor, 1999-2000
Department of Hispanic Studies, Illinois Wesleyan
2011 – presentLanguage
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).
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.
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
Dewey, D., & Bown, J. (accepted). State-of-the-art
review of the field of second language acquisition in immersion contexts. Language Teaching.
Isabelli-García, C., & Isabelli, C. (accepted). Researching Second Language Acquisition
and Communicative Use in the Study Abroad Context. The
Prentice Hall Second Language Professional Library
Series: Theory and Practice in Second Language Classroom
Isabelli-García, C., & Lacorte, M.
(journal manuscript). Second language acquisition in the intensive,
domestic immersion context.
Recent Invited Lectures
2015. Heritage language learners in the
L2 classroom: Cultural perspectives. Concordia College,
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.
of second language learning
outcomes. ACTFL. San Diego, CA.
June 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.
2015. Second Language Acquisition in the Domestic
Immersion Context: An Ecolinguistic Approach.
Co-authored 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.
Language Learning Abroad: Acculturation, Integration or
Both? Midwest Modern Language Association.
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 on International
Educational Exchange. Seville, Spain.
2003. The Benefits of Asynchronous Computer Mediated
Communication in Enhancing Cultural Acquisition.
Co-authored with E. Zeiss. Second Language
Research Forum. University of Arizona,
2002. Linguistic Development of Spanish Language
Accuracy in the Study Abroad Context: What Can be
Expected. Co-authored with C. Nishida. 6th
Conference on Hispanic Linguistics and L1 and L2
Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, University
ACTFL/CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator
Reviewer - examine
the reports and data submitted by institutions seeking
CAEP recognition of their foreign language teacher
education programs through ACTFL, 2015
Northern Iowa, Spanish Program of the Department of
Languages and Literature, 2015
- EUROSLA Yearbook/Monograph,
Georgetown University Press, International
Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal
of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Modern Language Journal, Routledge,
Spanish in Context, Study Abroad Research in Second
Language Acquisition, System 2006-present
Screening Committee - Institute of International
Recent Institutional Service
and Tenure Committee (elected 2005-07, 2014-present) Teacher
Committee, Faculty rep for Hispanic Studies (2005 –
Committee (elected 2013-14) IWU
Fulbright Program Adviser (2010-13)