Christina Isabelli, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor - Modern Languages & Literature; Academic Director - Center for Global Engagement

Second language acquisition, Spanish applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, foreign language teaching methodology

Portrait of Christina Isabelli, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Languages & Literature; Department Chair

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

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 Mathematics

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

EDTE 454/554T Secondary Methods - World Languages

FYS 193 Language and Identity 

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 

MTSL 690 Applied Phonology

SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish I

SPAN 318 Medical Spanish

SPAN 360 Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 361 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 362 Spanish Phonology & Phonetics

SPAN 400 Spanish in the US: A Sociolinguistic Perspective

SPAN 499 Spanish Capstone


Isabelli-García, C., & Isabelli, C. A. (2020). Researching second language acquisition in the study abroad learning environment: An introduction for student researchers. UK: Palgrave MacMillan Press.

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

Recent Articles:

Isabelli-García, C., Bown, J., Plews, J.L., & Dewey, D.P. (2018). Language learning and study abroad. Language Teaching, 51(4), 439-484. 

Isabelli-García, C. (2017). Key concepts in applied linguistics: Second language acquisition and study abroad learning environments. ELIA: Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada, 17, 273-282.

Isabelli-García, C., & Lacorte, M. (2016). Language learners' characteristics, target language use, and linguistic development in a domestic immersion context. Foreign Language Annals, 49(3), 544-556.

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.

Hartweg, D., Isabelli-García, C., McEwen, M., & Piper, R. (2012). Being physically active:Perceptions of Mexican immigrant women on the Arizona-Mexico border. 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.

Second language acquisition, Spanish applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, foreign language teaching methodology