Christina Isabelli, PhD

Chair, Modern Languages & Literature Dept

Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics

Dr. Christina Isabelli 
is currently Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Gonzaga University (PhDUniversity of Texas at Austin) where she teaches courses in Spanish language and 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.

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 and was a Program Consultant for the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages/Modern Language Association.

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 Language Schools Graduate Program, summers: 2010–2016, 2019
Visiting Professor, IES Abroad - Madrid, Spain, teaching grant, summer 2015
Visiting Professor, Universidad Internacional, Cuernavaca, Mexico, summer 2009

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

2015–2018      ADFL-MLA Language Program Consultant - advise language departments on a
variety of issues such 
as curriculum design, faculty governance, and strategic planning.

2018 Fulbright National Screening Committee - Institute of International Education

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 

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. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada17, 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.

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

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., & 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 Presentations
March 2019. Heritage language learners and the 'Third place': Cultural perspectives of language learners in the L2 
classroom. Concordia College, Moorehead, MN.

June 2018. The Foreign Language Requirement in the Twenty-First Century. Association of Departments
of Foreign Languages - Reconfiguring Languages in Higher Education: Structures, Spaces, Advocacy.
Michigan State University

May 2017. Language program assessment. Association of Departments of Foreign Language: Building and
Sustaining Language Programs - Access, Articulation, and Advocacy. Atlanta, GA. 

March 2017. Engaging the liberal arts campus with the BePress Expert Gallery Suite. With S. Davis-Kahl. Webinar.

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.

Recent Conference Presentations
October 2018. Outcomes, measures, and culture...oh my! Consortium on Useful Assessment in
Language and Humanities Education (CUALHE). With L. García-Torvisco, R. Marquis, and R. Stephanis. University
of Oregon. Eugene, OR.

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.

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.