Christina Isabelli, PhD

Chair, Dept of Modern Languages & Literature

Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics


Dr. Christina Isabelli
is currently Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Gonzaga University (PhDIbero-Romance Philology and Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin) where she teaches courses in Spanish Language 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 visiting professor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language pedagogy in Middlebury College's graduate summer program in Vermont since 2010. 

She is currently 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. 

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Education
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 

Academic Positions
Professor, Gonzaga University, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Spokane, WA 2017-present
Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU), Department of Hispanic Studies, Bloomington, IL 1999–2017 
Visiting Professor, Middlebury College, Middlebury Language School - Graduate Program, summers: 2010–2016
Visiting Professor, IES Abroad - Madrid, Spain, teaching grant, summer 2015
Visiting Professor, Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca, Mexico, summer 2009
Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 1994–1999
Instructor, University of Iowa, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 1992–1994  

Administrative Positions
2017 - present Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Gonzaga University
2015 – 2017    Founder & Director, IWU Language School for Kids
2011 – 2017    Chair, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
2011 – 2017    Spanish Language Program Coordinator, Department of Hispanic Studies, IWU
2010    Fall      Resident Director of the IWU London Program
2007    Spring  Resident Director of the IWU Spain Program 

Recent National Service
ACTFL/CAEP Program Reviewer - examine the reports and data submitted by institutions seeking CAEP
recognition of their foreign language teacher education programs through ACTFL, 2015–present
 

ADFL-MLA Language Program Consultant - advise language departments on a variety of issues such
as curriculum design, faculty governance, and strategic planning, 2015–present.

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. – sociolinguistics
4.  Foreign/Second language teaching methodology
5.  World Language program articulation
6.  Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) 

Publications
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.
<http://www.census.gov/srd/papers/pdf/rsm2012-06.pdf>

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.

Isabelli-García, C. (2010). Acquisition of Spanish gender agreement in two learning contexts: Study abroad and
at home. Foreign Language Annals, 43(2), 289-303.

Hartweg, D., & Isabelli-García, C. (2007). Health perceptions of low-income, immigrant Spanish-speaking Latinas
in the United States. Hispanic Healthcare International, 5(2), 7–17.

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.
 

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.

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.
 

Isabelli-García, C. (2003). Development of oral communication skills abroad. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal
of Study Abroad, 9
, 149–173.

Manuscripts in Progress
Isabelli-García, 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.

February, 2015. Heritage language learners in the L2 classroom: Cultural perspectives. Concordia College,
Moorehead, MN.

October, 2013. Study abroad: Measuring the correlation between second language acquisition and social networks.
32nd Second Language Research Forum. Brigham Young University.

Recent Conference Presentations
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.

January 2016. Fostering advanced oral proficiency: Initiatives in the undergraduate foreign language curriculum.
131st MLA Annual Convention. Austin, TX.

November 2015. Institutional assessment of second language learning outcomes. ACTFL Annual Convention.
San Diego, CA.
 

November 2015. Best practices for incorporating Google Apps in the language classroom. With C. Quagliarello. 
ACTFL Annual Convention. 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.

April 2015. Second language acquisition in the domestic immersion context: An ecolinguistic approach. With
M. Lacorte. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky, Lexington.