Christina Isabelli, Ph.D.

Chair - Modern Languages & Literature Department; Professor - Spanish Linguistics

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

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

Contact Information

AD Box 44

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

FYS 193 Language and Identity 

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian II 

MTSL 690 Applied Phonology

SPAN 301 Advanced Spanish I

SPAN 480 Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 481 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 481 Medical Spanish

SPAN 499 Spanish Comprehensive (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). 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.