Professor – Spanish
Dr. María del Carmen de Ávila earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research interests include the linguistic repertoires and the Spanish language experiences of Latinos in the United States, language choice of bilinguals, intergenerational language shift, and the roles that language status, language ideologies, prescriptivism, socioeconomic factors, Spanish and heritage language classes, and the educational system play in this shift. She has taught language courses at the junior high, high school, and college level; courses in Spanish linguistics, foreign language teaching methodology, and Latin American studies; and courses for heritage and second language learners. Additionally, she is a content specialist/supervisor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she has worked on various types of assessments in English and Spanish.