Christina Isabelli, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Global Engagement, Professor of 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

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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